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Chapter 5 in Frankenstein is a pivotal moment in the novel because it is the chapter in which the monster awakens.

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´╗┐Frankenstein Coursework Mary Shelley made an anonymous but a very authoritative unveiling to the world of literature when she wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus which was published in March, 1818. This everlasting story came into this world due to Lord Byron challenging his guests, which included Mary Shelley and her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, to write a ghost story at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Settled around Byron?s fireplace, the intimate group of intellectuals had their imaginations and the stormy weather as their stimulus and cogitations for ghoulish visions. A few nights after the challenge was set Mary Shelley imagined the ?repugnant delirium of man? that became the perplexed yet profoundly sensitive creature in Frankenstein. While many television, stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein have simplified the complexity of the intellectual and poignant responses of Victor Frankenstein and his creature to their world, this brilliant novel still persists. Its lifelong supremacy can be seen in the variety of corollaries explored by various literary critics and around one hundred dramatisations. Even though early critics greeted the novel with a permutation of eulogize and disdain, readers were spellbound with and a bit horrified by the macabre aspects of the novel. Interestingly, the macabre has transformed into the possible as the world approaches the twenty-first century: the ethical insinuations of genetic engineering, and, more recently, the cloning of livestock, find echoes in Shelley's work. In addition to scientific interest, literary commentators have noted the influence of Percy Shelley, William Godwin (Mary's father) and Mary Wollstonecraft (Mary?s mother), who gained fame for writing A Vindication of the Rights of Women, in the novel. ...read more.


This sense of compassion for the monster completely disappears when Elizabeth is killed. The only thing that Victor can feel after that point is hatred. His sole purpose in life, which used to be creating life from lifeless matter, now becomes avenging his family and friends by killing that newly created life: the monster. Towards the end of his life, some of that violent hatred had disappeared but he does remain as passionate as ever. This results in some contradictory actions and comments made by Victor. On the one hand, he is telling the story of his life which can be seen as a very positive deed. By doing this, he ensures that the story is passed on to and serves as a warning for future generations. From this it might be concluded that he knows now that what he has done is wrong and that he ultimately takes responsibility for his actions. But on the other hand there is the scene on the ship when Walton's crew demands to return home. Victor responds to this by giving a very emotional and passionate speech. Among other things he accuses the men of cowardice and unmanly behaviour. If they were to abandon their expedition they would return home with a "stigma of disgrace". Judging by this speech, Victor has not learnt much of his tribulation. He apparently still feels that people should put their own feelings and desires above everybody else's. This is an appealing insight into Victor's narcissistic nature. Another example of his selfishness is perceptible in the way he deals with the monster's coercion. ...read more.


This piece of writing has helped me to understand the how the society and the way people used to think in the 19th century were like. For example, Shelley portrays the creature in a malevolent manner by emphasizing the prejudice he carries (as demonstrated by killing William, an innocent victim whose only crime was to be associated with Victor) and also, by creating euphemisms such as 'fiend' and 'devil' in order to exacerbate the reader's association of evil with his character. However, she also shows the creature in a more sympathetic light by highlighting to the reader, the anguish felt by the creature as he was rejected by the people who lived in the farm and how he was ultimately corrupted by society.' I also believe that the need for an extra family member was another factor in why Victor created the monster. Victor wanted the world to keep their beloved with them for eternity and make sure no one is alone and by themselves. The Monster in the end had no one and decided cease living and leave this place as an act of goodwill. This was most unfortunate because he never got to experience what living with a family or having anyone to love was like. As for the creator, Victor, I think should at least take some responsibility and provide his creation with these pleasures in life. In the very end, the monster does regret putting his creator through the torment that he went through. Two wrongs do not make a right, but it seemed the only reasoning that could get through Victor?s stubborn head was to it this way. In the end we learn that family is the basis for which we can continue on and have happiness. ...read more.

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