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Commentary on Frankenstein, Chapter V, Volume I: The Creation Awakens

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IB English Commentary Commentary on Frankenstein, Chapter V, Volume I: The Creation Awakens '... Dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me...' Throughout 'Frankenstein', a novel by Mary Shelley, numerous literary devices are employed to create intended effect. The quotation above encapsulates the whole passage when Victor's creation finally is complete. However, his scientific obsession seems to be a dream that ends with the creature's birth. As soon as his creature comes to life, Victor is filled with intense revulsion. Victor realises that his dreams have gone badly wrong when he awakens at the same moment the creature awakens, the moment the creature's eyes open. The passage utilises various literary devices, such as setting, alliteration, tone and other language devices that are put into the novel to allow the reader to gain better understanding of Victor's thoughts on his creation. ...read more.


The use of imagery such as 'rain' and 'candle' creates a dark and evil suspense. The passage also seems to centre on the use of setting to provoke in the reader a specific emotion "It was on a dreary night of November" at the very start of the chapter to give the reader a sense of suspense. It also effectively creates the bleak and foreboding atmosphere with such sentences "The dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the shutters..." This sentence communicates to the reader a sense of danger and intends to create suspense. 'Yellow' is represented as the creation's eyes, which seem to be sickly and unhealthy. The author also uses the word 'forced' as an intrusive word to makes the moon seem to be aggressive and unwanted. It is significant hat Victor dreams of Elizabeth and his mother, as women in which they are capable of creation through giving birth "...I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death... ...read more.


Despite his ugly appearance, he is as innocent as a newly born child, which is precisely what he is. "He muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks" As the creature is like a newborn baby, it is unable to speak any word to Victor. The grin indicates the creature's happiness, friendship and a sincere smile. The reader realise that the creature wants to thank to Frankenstein. However, Victor dismisses the creature's sincere. Throughout the passage, Shelley successfully intertwines literary devices to portray the reader as well as to convey us the consequences of playing God with science. Tone, imagery and setting is used to create a suspense atmosphere as well as suggest that there may be consequences to come. Other devices such as alliteration is used to emphasize and suggest the reader that things do not always achieve according to plan and we cannot assume that things are going to work out as we wish. It is a combination of devices that the author has been used for the intended effects mentioned. ...read more.

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