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Chapter five is a very important part of "Frankenstein" because it best describes the monsters appearance and how he was created.

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Introduction

Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences The novel "Frankenstein" is about a scientist name Victor Frankenstein who decides to create life using body parts and electricity, but the experiment goes terribly wrong. The deeper meaning of this novel was the social morals and the fact God should be the only designer on life. The novel was written when Mary Shelley and her husband and a good friend were on holiday in lake Geneva. On a stormy day they challenged each other to write the best horror story. Mary's story won the competition, so this encouraged her to continue creating the novel in London. The social context of Frankenstein was to encourage scientists not to meddle with the laws of nature, and that al medical advances should not cross the boundary of creating life. ...read more.

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one hand stretched out" symbolizes the monster will always follow him. Dr Frankenstein was an interesting character which showed the signs of insanity. The personality trait that stood out the most was his obsessive nature "I had spent the last two years hard at work", it shows he was dedicated enough to spend 2 years of his life creating a monster. He was also very impulsive/unpredictable "heartless laughter, frightened and astonished him", he was laughing at his own catastrophe. Victor was also very paranoid, Intelligent, a fantasist, lonely, misguided and arrogant which all went together to make Victor. Chapter 5 uses a lot of "Pathetic Fallacy" to help the novel helps its ambiance. "Dreary night of November" and "my candle was nearly burnt out". Are both imagery that best describes the ambiance. The key events are the creation of the monster and Victors fit. The way the monster is described gives the readers a better image, "dull yellow eye... breather hard... convulsive motion" are all very effective words. ...read more.

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Victor's obsession has cost him his life, family and his love. The creator and creation/childbirth and parenting themes simbolises Victor as a parent/creator and his monster his creation/child, the theme is that Victor fails as a parent and runs away from his creation throughout the novel, this shows Victor's lack of care, consideration for his monster and his creation. Since the monster grew with no one, he turned out bitter and evil, this links in with the theme of loneliness and isolation of the monster and Victor's separation from his loved ones. The last theme is the social warning expressed by Mary Shelley, not to disturb the boundaries of nature, or gods creation, it's not in peoples right to do so. To explain the 6 themes with a 19th century background, the important thing was the religious meaning (social warning) and the danger of obsession that could inflict with modern day science. Oxygen, and electricity where pat of the 19th century discoveries, whilst DNA, cloning and limb transplants are part of ours, those where the things Mary Shelley feared would happen though. ...read more.

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