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'Chapter 5 Frankenstein'How the reader is made to fear

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Introduction

27th June - 30th June, 1st July 09 Shelley wrote that her intent was to: "... Make the reader dread to look round, to curdle blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart." How do you think she achieves this in Chapter 5 of 'Frankenstein' (Consider use of language & the Novel's Context)? Mary Shelley use a vast variety of techniques to instil fear into her reader, many of which when running over Chapter 5 late at night really do curdle the blood! This essay is a summary of what she frightens with, why she frightens with it, and how this is achieved in the course of the origin of her book, 'Chapter 5'. Straight away as soon as we start reading, we are hit with some pathetic fallacy "... dreary night of November ..." which really sets the tone of the chapter, and informs the reader of what is to come. The next extract, "... that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet." ...read more.

Middle

"Beautiful - Great God!" When Shelley writes this, it really gives us the idea that only god can create things that are beautiful, that nature will intervene and destroy your efforts to create beauty "I had selected his features as beautiful." and twist them into an abomination that will eventually destroy you. This, if interpreted in the right way, really brings Shelley's message home that if you mess around with nature, it will turn all it's efforts to destroying you with your own creation. This quote, "... endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness. But it was in vain..." is a very disturbing quote. Frankenstein is trying to rest, to take things off his mind but still a higher power will not let him. It seems that as long as he has betrayed nature, his monstrosity shall always be with him, constantly preventing him having any peace. This pushes along the message that you simply can't mess around with nature; it will have its revenge and use what you have created as its minion to do so. ...read more.

Conclusion

Frankenstein must realise that his life will no longer be the same now that he has committed such an act of treason against God and nature. The quote "His jaws opened..." can be interpreted that the creature that Frankenstein created is primordial, animalistic and as such very dangerous but what's even more shocking is "His..." this presents Frankenstein with a terrifying issue. This creature is technically human, yet inhuman at the same time. It is neither dead nor alive, it cannot be reasoned with for it is an animal yet has the intelligence of a human. That's a terrifying concept; it instils the idea into the reader that somewhere in the world there could be a murderous beast with the appearance of a human, and of an ungodly nature. This quote "I passed the night wretchedly." implies that Frankenstein is linked to the "wretch" that he has created, this gives the idea that your worst fears will always be with you and that you are never truly safe for the monster can still destroy you from the inside. ...read more.

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