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How dare you sport us with life, this is a key quote from Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein. This recollection draws the readers attention and focuses them on several crucial themes such as religion, science or nature, all of which were r

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Frankenstein "How dare you sport us with life", this is a key quote from Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein'. This recollection draws the reader's attention and focuses them on several crucial themes such as religion, science or nature, all of which were risky subjects of debate of the time. In the idea of religion it is looked at as if Victor Frankenstein was tampering with life and God as well as disrespecting the sanctuary of life. Readers of this novel during the nineteenth century would have been typically that of Christian faith so the novel may have been rather controversial. Furthermore Mary Shelley used the aspect of science and nature. This was a subject in the nineteenth century of political debate. The political debate was that was life started by a 'Spark' from God or was life much like a patchwork quilt, bits and pieces merged together. These themes of Frankenstein were all fears of the time but this novel was rather unusual of novels of the time as the literary movement of the time was mainly romantic poetry and novels. ...read more.


Shelley uses language like 'accident of life', 'wretch' to describe how Victor sees the creature. Using language like this makes the reader see that Victor's reaction to the creature is that of disgust, disappointment, horrid, and inhuman. The language used in this chapter also relates to the key themes of the novel, where victor takes on Gods role, as well as the science and nature theme this is backed up by where Victor says 'I might infuse a spark into the lifeless thing'. In chapter 10 Victor Frankenstein comes face to face once again with his creation. This is set on the Alps, consequently giving the feeling of coldness, isolation and danger yet in contrast 'sublime and magnificent scenery'. Even though Victor is in such a insecure area the mountains where able to calm him down, reduce his anxiety and divert his thoughts to better times until the meeting with the creature. Shelley's brilliant description in this chapter gives the reader the impression that she has once visited this area and due to this it builds up great imaginary in the readers minds as if they are actually there. ...read more.


It is believed she set the scene violently to rein act the violent death of Elizabeth by the monster. Shelley often in the novel used weather to build up an atmosphere and suspense. In chapter 23 we see Victor agitated as the monster promised he would be with him on his wedding night. The setting of the storm gives us, the feeling that the horrific moments will final reach a climax. The description of the creature in chapter 23 is vague in description of shape and physical appearance. The character of Frankenstein in this chapter is a sad, and angry one as his love of his life has been taken away from him by his creation. Shelley uses language like 'hideous' and 'abhorred' to describe how Victor sees the creature. Shelley cleverly in this chapter refers back to chapter five when the creature first awakens and opens up the pale yellow eye, however in this chapter we know the creature is present due to the moon and Victor realised this as well as he says 'I felt a kind of panic on seeing the pale yellow light of the moon'. This chapter shows just what could happen if technology gets into the wrong hands. ...read more.

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