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Chapter 5 uses Gothic elements such as grotesque (the description of the monster), the eerie environment (Victor's laboratory during his creation) and some type of psychic communication

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Introduction

Name: Rose-Anne In the morning, Victor wanders the street alone with his conscience. Shelley layers into the novel a passage from Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This makes reference to a person who wanders of the streets with a demon or a fiend following him. The significance of this poem in relation to the novel can be interpreted in two ways. In a Gothic sense, Victor relates to the mariner isolation and fear and in Romantic sense, both the Mariner and Victor want knowledge; however, unlike the Mariner, Victor's new knowledge brings a curse along with it. Throughout chapter 5, Frankenstein judges the monster solely on his appearance. ...read more.

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He also says, "Oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance." Shelley uses these words to portray the monsters ugly looks and to also portray Victor's insensitiveness, as he immediately judges the monster solely on his appearance not considering his feelings. Chapter 5 uses Gothic elements such as grotesque (the description of the monster), the eerie environment (Victor's laboratory during his creation) and some type of psychic communication (Victor's feelings of someone following him). Also this chapter builds fear in the reader's mind which is another big part of Gothic writing. Chapter is a very important point in the novel because it talks about rejection which is the main key point of the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although he could have prevented the death of many innocent ones throughout the novel he still pretended to be ignorant and went on with his acts of selfishness. Also his strong hatred toward his creation makes him the real monster in the story. Victor shows his monstrous attitudes through his changes in his priorities, cowardice actions and his poor judgement. The fact that he also tries to play God by cheating death and creating life is also monstrous. In conclusion, Victor's goal to generate life caused a great deal of pain through his ambition, selfishness and secrecy, both to himself and others around him. As a result, these acts caused him to become alienated from society and turned him into the real monster. ...read more.

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