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  1. Frankenstein: "Irony is what drives the plot." Discuss.

    His existence thus is ironic as his gentle treatment of the girl is inconsistent and the opposite of his distorted, deathly physical appearance. The creature?s kindness and sacrifice are not acknowledged in lieu of his monstrous appearance, where the companion of the girl ?aimed a gun? at the creature and ?fired?. The vivid picture of the scene painted, where the girl?s companion shot down the creature without hesitation, illustrates how he judged the creature?s character as evil and perceived the creature?s heroic intention as an act of malice instinctively.

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  2. Analysis of Frankenstein Extract pages 101 103

    The strong nouns ?rage? as well as ?horror? show how Frankenstein despises his creation. Additionally, as he ?tremble[s]?, it portrays an uncontrollable hatred towards the monster because he physically is unable to contain himself. The thirst for vengeance and inability to maintain calm is seen as he states ?My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him, impelled by all the feelings?. The act of springing on the monster with impulse suggests that Frankenstein feels that the only way to sate his emotions is by killing the monster. Moreover, the ?horror? is accentuated by Frankenstein being taken aback by the monster?s appearance.

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

    This notion of Victor?s upbringing is further questioned as Shelly comments that his parents were ?possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence?. Within Chapter 1 Victor notes that to his parents, he was simply ?their plaything and their idol, and something better?; he is notably sheltered from trouble, and it is hinted upon that his parents wish for him to remain as an ?innocent? child, despite his thirst for knowledge, with one instance when his father remarks that he should ?not waste (his)

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  4. Analyse the presentation of horror in Frankenstein

    The weather is used through pathetic fallacy to allude to, or reference things to come, ?then, for an instant everything seemed of a pitchy darkness? the weather instantly shifts, to prepare the reader for the appearance of the creature; it also represents the monsters movement ?night closed around me? I felt still more gloomily?It was completely dark?I saw the lightening playing on the summit?The storm appeared to approach rapidly?It advanced? I soon felt the rain coming slowly in large drops, but its violence quickly increased.? The steadily increasing storm represent the monster, moving slowly at first, in darkness towards Victor, as it begins to move closer its anger and want for revenge increased suddenly as lightening.

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  5. Consider the ways in which Mary Shelley uses different Gothic settings to contribute to the gothic effects of the novel

    To better allude to the Gothic Shelley focuses on the dangers or consequences of over-reaching discovery, which contrast with the disillusioned Walton whose ?ardent? and ?restless? desires prompt him to pursue the ?acquisition of knowledge?. Isolation is revealed as a result of Walton?s transgression, he complains of being ?in great need of a friend? who would console him in times of trouble. This establishes pathos effectively as ?Frankenstein? is a collection of first person narrations, thus we can better empathise with Walton?s situation, rather than to an omniscient narrator.

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  6. In What Ways Is The Creation Episode In Frankenstein Important?

    Within the creation episode there is a resilient contrast : between Frankenstein?s self- inflated view of himself and what he actually is like. There is a period in time when Frankenstein speaks of the ?power in his hand? and refers to himself as a ?creator?, in describing himself so highly Frankenstein himself inadvertently shows just how supercilious he is. ? I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed? shows how confident he feels, although soon it becomes clear that his aspirations surpass meager developments in science.

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  7. To what extent is Frankenstein a criticism of societys attitude to accommodate what it sees as monsters, aliens and exiles?

    Shelley ensures that the audience feels pity for the exiles as they are mistreated. The monster is perhaps the most obvious ?exile? and is mistreated in many instances. Firstly by his creator ? Frankenstein ? which means, in his childlike state, he has no guidance in the world. The first time the monster encounters humans is a jarring way to be introduced to the world of men ?some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country?. The monster, having spent months preparing for the moment, is then cast out by Felix which is perhaps the worst encounter the monster has as even a fellow exile refuses to help him.

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  8. Compare and Contrast the ways in which rejection is presented in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

    The narrator, the monster, is aware of the great importance that this scene holds for his future, and as a result, the reader is also able to appreciate the significance of this particular event. A similar technique is used by Ian McEwan in his novel ?Enduring Love?: the narrator Joe Rose goes into great detail about the setting of an event and the significance of an event before explaining the plot; before he tells of the balloon crash and his meeting with Jed Parry, Joe describes this incident as pivot in order to present its significance, and he heightens the scenes importance by going into great detail concerning the setting of the event of which he is explaining.

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  9. To what extent can the reader sympathise with the creature in Frankenstein?

    Shelley directs sympathy to the creature by placing him as the victim of the novel. Victor takes on the role of a typical Gothic monstrous mother by rejecting his creature at ?birth?. Upon seeing his creature Victor sees it as a ?catastrophe? to have ?miserably given life? and instantly flees. Shelley emphasises the feeling of rejection the creature felt by his intertextual reference to Adam in Paradise Lost, saying ?I remembered Adam?s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine??, it demonstrates to the reader how the abandonment of Victor has not only hurt the creature but left him confused which provokes the readers sympathies.

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  10. Many critics have commented that the creature is ultimately a character with whom we can sympathise. Explore Shelleys presentation of the creature in the light of this view.

    His hatred for the monster could easily sway the reader to feel the same way as we have gained trust in Victor?s narration. Despite this we have not yet heard the creature?s voice and are simply making a judgement on his appearance. This presents the question of who really is the monster. Human nature for being so judgemental and corrupt, or the creature because of his huge form and frustration. In the first Volume Mary Shelley then presents the creature to be a murderer.

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  11. The creatures shift in attitudes regarding society, justice, and injustice is finalized in the final chapter of Shelleys "Frankenstein", but it had been occurring since he very first opened his eyes.

    The creature quickly learns that the beautiful, fair world he had so wished to believe in cannot exist, especially for someone as appalling as he. Even though the monster?s first ventures into human civilization are met with rejection and horror, he persists in the belief that he might someday be accepted by the same people that scream in terror at his approach. The definition of justice is, to the creature at this point, acceptance. He was created into this world, so it seems only fair to him that he receive a rightful place in it alongside his human counterparts.

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  12. Human curiosity in "Frankenstein"

    (Oxford English Dictionary) People start to learn everything about the surrounding world from their childhood and never stop it. But why are people curious from their childhood? The evolution of all living creatures is determined first of all by changes in the environment and changes in the living conditions of living creatures. The peculiarity of the existence and the evolution of rational beings is a fact that they are reasonable and they are very curious; therefore, these creatures always want to improve their living conditions. However, only human beings are rational beings on the planet Earth. Therefore, curiosity is one of the main parts of the human nature, and that is why people are curious.

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  13. 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.

    Chapter 4 starts immediately with a main feature of the gothic. Pathetic fallacy is a technique that Shelley uses well throughout this chapter as it creates an atmosphere and the reader can emphasise the setting. ?It was a dreary night of November.? Where Shelley describes it as a dreary night the reader gains an understanding of the setting of the scene and it is always in the back of the mind. The description of the weather undermines Frankenstein?s excitement as he is about to create the monster, this is effective as we can already conjugate an understanding of Frankenstein?s attitude towards the monster which becomes more evident further on in the passage.

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  14. How does Shelley convey the concept of monstrosity?

    This led the characters in both novels to horrific consequences and drastic measures. The monsters appearance is one aspect that portrays monstrosity physically. ?His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! ? Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriance?s only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight back lips.? This description of the creature is very gruesome; it describes him as a wretch.

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  15. Themes in Frankenstein

    of filthy creation: my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment,? it is during these lines where his obsession grows immensely. In fact Victor is so deeply engrossed in the process of making his creation that he fails to consider what his responsibilities will be once it is given life, the reason for the monsters suffering of isolation later in the book. Victor?s ?eager desire? to find the ?secrets of nature? and Walton?s ?ardent? passion to explore ?a part of the world never before visited? snatch them away from their loved ones and into isolation.

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  16. How does Shelly portray the creature through her narrative?

    Instead he finds other food and helps them in their ?labours? by bringing their firewood. In doing this the reader gets a sense of compassion from the Creature, showing that it is nurture rather than nature that creates a ?monster,? something that Victor does accept to. One aspect in the book at Shelly focuses on is the idea of nature verses nurture and whose fault is it really for the ugly aspects of society, the Creature.. The Creature is innately good but instances of being called a ?wretch? and a ?modern Prometheus.? as well as the rejection of the De

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