• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month


Extracts from this document...


DISCUSS CHAPTER 4 OF 'FRANKENSTEIN' BY MARY SHELLEY AND RELATE IT TO THE WIDER IDEAS IN THE NOVEL. In 1816 the famous gothic novel 'Frankenstein' was begun, Frankenstein was largely successful because it was the first sci-fi novel that anyone had ever seen. The Gothicism that this genre is meant to expose is very good because it really is written to evoke terror in readers and show the dark side of human nature, and of course another reason the novel was a success, was because the author Mary Shelley had a first hand experience of the death that this book precedes. Mary began the novel in Italy after staying with Lord Byron and after a discussion about science they challenged each other to a ghost writing competition, Mary's mother died soon after Mary was born. Mary had two children that died and one was called William, these experiences of death were mirrored in Mary's novel. Also reading journals from her husbands early life, he wanted to be a surgeon, and after talking with him and the family doctor where she thought up the idea of using electricity to bring corpses to life. In this essay I will be writing the about atmosphere of the chapter, the facial contrasts of the creature, Frankenstein's dream, the creatures intentions, the creatures special request, the prejudice against the creature and the destruction of Frankenstein. Frankenstein hysterical reaction towards his creation, I will show you is prejudice and unjust. ...read more.


The image of Clerval brought back memories of his father and Elizabeth. During the carriage ride the two friends talked about how his family were as Clerval visited them frequently. Frankenstein invited his close friend to stay over night at Frankenstein's place of residence, When the two friends settled Clerval began to realise the Frankenstein had been deprived of sleep, Frankenstein soon admitted that he had been occupied with one thing all too long without sleep, Frankenstein started trembling and showing symptoms of his illness, Clerval exclaimed in his concern about how ill Frankenstein was, that was when Frankenstein collapsed into a nervous breakdown. On the night of the monsters creation he found his creator on his bed, and as he started from his sleep the monster tried to utter some inaudible words, but Frankenstein did not stop to realise what the monster tried to say as he was startled by his freight and ran. The monster searched Frankenstein's bed chamber and found his journal, and took it with him, he found a cloak and ran to find Frankenstein, but to no avail. So the monster fled to a lodge owned by a family in the forest and the monster stayed with the animals in the hovel. He could see the family through a hole in the hovel, so Frankenstein sat down and read the book that he had stolen from Frankenstein's bedchamber. During the time that the monster stayed with the family unable to contact them because of his hideousness, The creature befriended the blind ...read more.


creature feels that he needs to be destroyed because his feeling of guilt had overridden him and now with his 'Father's' death had brought the creatures mission and life to an end, so the final chapter of the story, finishes with Frankenstein and his Creation floating of on a floating fiery iceberg. Mary Shelley tries to bring her morals through in this book; she shows that dangers of new technology could cause extreme danger if they are not used with the correct moral ethical controls. And the responsibility all parents have towards there children how they should be looked after or else the child will grow up the same way he was brought up in a non-caring way, and also that everyone in society has responsibility to the helpless and needy, because they too want to be helped and accepted by others or they too will feel unable to manage with the life that was brought on to them. It also shows that no matter what, there will be prejudice found in your lifetime and they will be prejudice towards you, but in this novel Frankenstein's creation was called The Monster, but he is only misunderstood the real monster in this novel is Victor Frankenstein himself, and all the torture he went through he brought upon himself. In conclusion, you have a responsibility towards everyone else, and your actions you hold may be brought against you if you cannot bring yourself to show the correct moral ethics. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dale Smith Frankenstein Coursework 02/05/07 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Explain how Mary Shelley Develops the Gothic Genre in chapter 4 and 5 of ...

    3 star(s)

    From the beginning of chapter four Victor Frankenstein is furthering his knowledge, "particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation." By this it means that he is researching so much that he is doing nothing else, hence the word "sole occupation", he is becoming obsessed.

  2. Frankenstein - Chapter 5 starts with 'It was on a dreary night of November', ...

    Mary Shelly shows Frankenstein happiness by using; 'I could hardly believe that so great a good fortune had befallen me,' also she used 'I clapped my hands with joy.' The fear factor in this paragraph is mainly converted into suspence.

  1. How does Mary Shelley present Frankenstein the monster and what do we find out ...

    in a rich cadence, swelling or dying away, like a nightingale of the woods' The way Frankenstein the monster expresses his emotion and uses words we would not think of him as a monster but instead as a normal, delicate, soft hearted being.

  2. Comparison of "Frankenstein" (Pre-1900) and "Jurassic Park" (Pro-1900)

    So each writer has different limited ideas to work with in their time. Because both books share a similar type of story line. Both books have characters who are symmetrical to each other, this is because they have the same roles, the main character in each book are the creators one is Victor Frankenstein and one is John Hammond.

  1. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    Personally, I don't think that society has changed a lot, many people are still nasty to people because of their appearance, and many people kill themselves each year because they get picked on because of their looks. Some people don't take any notice of peoples' appearance.

  2. Discuss the nature of monsters in Frankenstein and Beowulf.

    But you made me. It's your fault I'm miserable. You have the power to make me less unhappy."

  1. To what extent is Frankenstein typical of the Gothic genre?

    Upon attempting to cross these boundaries and join society, the monster is always bitterly rejected and this leaves him with bitter thoughts about man. This is the case when the monster is born and Victor, suffering from 'cold feet', rejects and neglects him.

  2. Who is the REAL monster in Frankenstein?

    The Creature tried to find the beauty in everything - even from a bird song and never behaved inhumanely at that point. The Creature felt moved by it all. He had finally learnt words and emotions from the cottagers and felt strongly about the first human kindness that he had ever experienced.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work