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Chapter 5 of Mary Shellys' Frankenstein

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Introduction

Chapter 5 starts with 'It was on a dreary night of November', The word dreary means very miserable and dull, and this can refer to Gothicism. Mary shelley opened this chapter like this because it sets the mood for what is going to happen throughout the chapter and also gives the reader a hint of what to expect. 'With an agony that almost amounted to agony,' Mary Shelly uses alliteration here, to give an effect on the reader. Mary Shelly uses word like; 'anxiety,' and 'amounted to agony.' These also are gothic references because they are building up sadness and emphasise Frankenstein's stress and worry. 'The rain pattered dismally,' the word dismally means gloomy or melancholy, these are negative word associated with gothic genre. 'The candle was nearly burnt out,' Mary Shelley uses this sentence because it symbolises gothicism, she also uses this sentence because when a candle burns out there is no light and when there is no light darkness takes over causing stress and panic'. 'I saw the dull yellow eye of the sad creature open,' the word dull means; not bright, sharp or clear, so Mary Shelly used this word because Victor could see the eye but couldn't get a clear vision. The fact that the eye is yellow also suggests that this is an animal rather than a human. ...read more.

Middle

In this sentence Mary Shelly uses the word 'miserably,' again to stress that Frankenstein feels misery, when he thinks about his creation. Frankenstein looks upon his creation before he gave it life. Mary Shelley uses the word 'ugly,' in 'he was ugly then.' This is not a direct reference to Gothicism but is in the direction of Gothicism, because the word 'ugly,' meaning bad looking, not pretty. This is suggesting that Frankenstein's creation will do 'ugly' things. Frankenstein is physically feeling agony about his creation. In the last sentence; 'dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become hell to me.' Mary Shelly uses the word 'hell,' meaning the devils home to symbolise what Frankenstein is feelings were toward his dreams. Frankenstein is dreading to encounter his creation. It starts of with; 'Morning, dismal and wet,' Mary Shelly uses 'dismal,' and 'wet,' to best describe the morning, also when Mary Shelley created this paragraph she made the weather to fit the mood of Frankenstein. Also the opening of this paragraph is powerful, because it has three words open which has a powerful impact on the reader because Mary Shelley used commas to separate the words. Also in this paragraph; we are presented with a lot of imagery i.e. 'it's white steeple clock,' this is of the church of Inglstadtand. ...read more.

Conclusion

Spectre can also mean a ghost. Frankenstein thought he saw his creation, and referred the creature as 'dreaded.' Frankenstein then says a meeting which anticipated with such joy, strongly turned to bitterness,' Mary Shelley creates this sentence in a different way, as she first writes positively then shifts to negative feeling from the way in which she writes. This paragraph starts with 'this was the commencement of nervous fever, which confined me for several months,' The opening of a paragraph in a novel should indicate what the paragraph is about but Mary Shelly does the opposite and uses suspense. 'I afterwards learnt, that knowing my fathers advance age, and unfitness for so long a journey, and how wretched my sickness made Elizabeth,' The gothic elements in this are the word 'unfitness,' ads this could mean old, dying or cannot go on with life. Another element is 'wretched,' meaning misery (linking to Gothicism) and 'sickness,' can put an ill image in the readers minds. Mary Shelly uses language to create a gothic effect on the reader. Mary Shelly might have been influenced by the time in which she was living in and the style of language and writing. I stongly think that this is a gothic novel because Mary Shelley uses the wheather, dreams and imagery which creates a gothic mood with the reader. Mary Shelly also twists things around i.e. when Frankenstein is dreaming about holding his mother's corpse. ...read more.

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