• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse chapter 4 of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and explore the extent to which it fits into the genre of the gothic novel and reflects the fears and concerns from the era in which the novel was written.

Extracts from this document...


Charles Ford Analyse chapter 4 of Mary Shelley?s Frankenstein and explore the extent to which it fits into the genre of the gothic novel and reflects the fears and concerns from the era in which the novel was written. Mary Shelley?s novel, Frankenstein, contains features of gothic literature throughout the book. However this is most prevalent in chapter 4. From this chapter there are plenty of distinctive features which are conveyed through the creation of the monster and also through the setting. The language techniques that Shelley uses in the novel represent the genre of the gothic and also portray the fears and concerns about the era in which it was written. The aspects that can be taken into consideration when analysing the novel is the influence of Shelley?s personal life on the novel, the attitudes of people and family in the era and the character of Frankenstein. Chapter 4 starts immediately with a main feature of the gothic. ...read more.


Using the colour black is significant as the reader can relate to it and use real life examples to compare with the descriptions. Black usually signifies death as it is the colour mainly worn to a funeral, it also represents the end of something and finally it can be a sign that there is no way out; this links me onto my next point. ?Rain poured from a black and comfortless sky.? This quotation illustrates how Frankenstein is unable to escape now, the black sky above him acts as a barrier to him getting away from his creation now that he has created it. Also the comfortless sky reflects the personality and feelings of Frankenstein because he does not have any family around him whilst he is at Ingolstadt and has neglected them through his pursuit of creating the monster. The isolation is also a feature of the gothic as it makes it more interesting when someone is alone by building up suspense. ...read more.


We can see the negative effects science can create through the reaction of Frankenstein when he creates his monster. ?Demoniacal corpse which I had so miserably given life.? Birth is meant to be a beautiful welcoming to a new-born; however this description couldn?t be more different. Frankenstein looks upon his creature in disgust which sends a message to the readers not to play with nature. In conclusion, Mary Shelley uses the gothic genre to great effect. However the genres of science and romance may not just be a feature of the book they can also represent the life of Mary Shelley. In context Mary Shelley was a lover of science and ultimately this is what her book is based on however her aim may have been to dissuade people playing or interfering with humanity. The effects are conveyed in the novel. Most of the novel fits in with the gothic genre as Shelley uses: pathetic fallacy, isolation, setting and many more in chapter 4 alone. Overall the novel wavers on the edge of the gothic genre and a deeper personal representation. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Mary Shelly section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Mary Shelly essays

  1. To what extent is ''Frankenstein' concerned with the theme of education and what does ...

    Nevertheless, this proves that to some extent, people learn behaviours from what they experience of what occurs around them, and it is not just pre-learned behaviour. It raises the question of whether the creature would have been more docile if either Victor had directly cared for him, or provided a creature as a friend.

  2. Though Frankenstein was written by the daughter of a feminist, the women in the ...

    They are more used as tools to show the severity of the situation, e.g. Justine dies, which as a result plagues Frankenstein with guilt, " I suffered living torture", which troubles him throughout the novel, taking the importance of Justine's character and transferring the relevance to Victor.

  1. Feminist critic Anne K. Mellor argues that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an attack on ...

    acquirement of knowledge", once they "allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb [their] tranquility", which would just leave them with regret. Another way that Shelley uses language in her novel is through the aggressive vocabulary that is used to describe both Walton and Frankenstein's thoughts and ideas.

  2. Human curiosity in "Frankenstein"

    The desire to understand how a bird feels in a flight prompted people to create aircrafts and eventually brought mankind into space. Nowadays technological progress makes people?s lives easier. People in different parts of the world can communicate with each other in real time.

  1. Consider the ways in which Mary Shelley uses different Gothic settings to contribute to ...

    Furthermore Walton described his emotions as ?half-fearful? and ?half-pleasurable?. The contradictions between negative and positive feelings reveal that Walton is not in full comfort. It appears that the ?sublime? feeling from observing the extreme setting is fleeting and ephemeral, rather than the long lasting mood of isolation.

  2. How does Shelley convey the concept of monstrosity?

    Frankenstein?s actions are also very monstrous; as he knows Justine is innocent but still allows her to die. This monstrous action is portrayed in ?Justine died; she rested; and I was alive. The blood flowed freely in my veins, but a weight of despair and remorse pressed on my heart, which nothing could remove?.

  1. Through Victors narrative in Volume 1, what social comments about parentage and responsibility is ...

    his own later actions, in which he acquires god-like powers in creating life from body parts found in ?charnel houses?. From this, Shelly comments on the dangers and the inherent need for responsibility when choosing to embark on a quest for scientific discovery; the numerous scientific discoveries within Shelly?s era

  2. To what extent is Frankenstein a criticism of societys attitude to accommodate what it ...

    The De Laceys are treated awfully by society ? exiled for helping an innocent man ? they end up living in poverty and interestingly do not receive any visitors throughout the period that the monster is watching them. Could this suggest that they are so shunned they have no friends to aid them?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work