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Chapter five is the pivotal point in the book, it's the point when Frankenstein creates the monster and his actions set off what's about to happen throughout the book.

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Frankenstein Mary Shelley was a British novelist. Her father was a political philosopher and her mother was also a philosopher and a feminist. Her mother dies whilst she was a baby so she and her half-sister were raised by her father. As the daughter of a political philosopher she was exposed to many of his theories. In 1814 she began a romantic relationship with one of her father's political followers. She continued her relationship with Percy Shelley although he was married and later became pregnant with his child - for which they were ostracised - however their prematurely born daughter died. Later when Percy's wife committed suicide they married, and it was in Geneva, Switzerland that Mary Shelley came up with the idea for Frankenstein. Chapter five is the pivotal point in the book, it's the point when Frankenstein creates the monster and his actions set off what's about to happen throughout the book. It's where he chooses to reject the monster and so trigger the monsters hate for Frankenstein. On the night that the monster is brought to life the language used creates a setting that foreshadows what's about to happen. ...read more.

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This could be a materialistic representation of the good inside the monster that even though as a whole he is not beautiful there is a deeper beauty, which would make the reader feel more sympathetic toward the creature. However it could also be that these features are there purely to contrast and therefore concentrate the readers attention on the ugliness of the creature. The description of the monster also seems to change with frankenstein's feelings toward the creature. As he is creating the creature he claims to have 'selected his features as beautiful' but as it comes to life the creature is described to be a hideous monster. Shelley uses ambiguity in the creature's actions when she says "he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grim wrinkled his cheeks." The meaning of this can change with the readers' perception, some will see it as an act of vengeance, whilst others may see it as the monster reaching out towards Frankenstein. An important thing to remember is that the monster has only just been created and has yet to learn how to speak, so the mutterings could be that of a new-born baby learning to talk. ...read more.

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However you could argue that his reasoning for creating life was completely selfish and he only thought of himself never having to suffer. I think that Frankenstein is about the rejection of the unusual, and the superficial nature of humans. The treatment of the monster shows this as he is constantly shunned from society because of what he is and the way he looks. Frankenstein has an underplayed message of feminism, as the women in the story are perceived as good, smart and well-grounded people unlike the men who are shown as weak. A good example is when Justine faces her death sentence, she handles it with grace whilst Frankenstein stands by and watches her die because he is afraid of how people will view him. Mary Shelley's mother was a famous feminist which may have affected her view of women. It's possible that the book is an autobiography of sorts. Mary Shelley can relate to both Frankenstein and the monster as she was ostracised for her actions and was seemingly surrounded by death for much of her life. I really enjoyed this book, and loved that it was such a feminist book for its time. I also enjoyed its portrayal of the monster and how people treat him. ...read more.

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A good GCSE essay - accurate use of appropriate technical vocabulary and some excellent analysis of language. The main strength of this essay is the writer's ability to look at alternative interpretations of the language and discuss both sides with perception and insight.
Some good contextual detail but an abrupt and disappointing conclusion.

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