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Frankeinstein. Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writers use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences.

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        FRAKENSTEIN.         ENGLISH COURSEWORK                                                   Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writer�s use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences.                               The novel Frankenstein was created by a woman named Mary Shelley. She made up the tale when telling ghost stories with her family, who later told her she should publish the story because it was good. She officially published her story in 1831.  �Frankenstein� or �The Morden Prometheus� is about a young student � Victor, who discovers the secret of creating a new life, and by gathering body parts he creates a monster who promises revenge on his creator after being rejected from society.  In the novel, chapter 5 is seen as the key chapter for the reason that this is where the real story about revenge and consequence begins. In this chapter we (the audience) ...read more.

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As the letter continues, Mary Shelley is building up on the other characters behaviour as they will later on be join in the story. Giving us background information on the characters will later on help us understand the plots and motives as the novel progresses.   Shelly uses varied types of languages to describe the behaviour of characters. As Victor was in his home town of Geneva, the monster visited him explaining how he wanted another female creation and by doing this the �monster� will stop the heartless killings of his friends and family. When Victor Frankenstein agrees, it shows how Shelley has suddenly changed the audiences thought towards him. By making Victor agree on devoting two years of his life to creating a hideous monster, so that people can live in peace, and nobody getting hurt by the Monster again demonstrates that Victor is a decent man; but also making the creation seem even more heartless. The language used in the novel can also be related to the way the society acts towards the creation. Although the �monster� was created by human parts; society judged him because he was different. They judged him from what the saw on the outside rather that the inside appearance. ...read more.

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This brings up the question �would the creature be treated differently if it had been created now?�  The whole novel is based on a �what if� bases and is also important for considering when it was written and the ethics behind it. This is revealed by the way Shelly uses language for contrast. The characters in the novel are more on the tow dimensional type of characters. These characters are built around a single idea or quality and are not described in a great detail. Their main role is usually to contrast or support the main characters. In �Frankenstein�, the only three dimensional characters are victor and his creation. These are the characters that are described in great dept. chapter 5 raises the questions that are later on answered in the novel and the story of �Frankenstein� explains how different Mary Shelly�s time was from ours.                                       This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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This essay responds well to the task. I particularly like how they have highlighted the key terms in the question. This is something you should always do in an exam before you start writing, as it focuses your attention on ...

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Response to the question

This essay responds well to the task. I particularly like how they have highlighted the key terms in the question. This is something you should always do in an exam before you start writing, as it focuses your attention on what the examiners want. It is clear that this method is worthwhile, as this essay is focused on the task throughout and looks at every part of the question. There is a good awareness of the gothic genre here, being the context of production and influencing Shelley's style. This is weaved well into the analysis. However, the discussion of science and its progress is not included in a sophisticated way. Having a paragraph solely on science isn't brilliant, especially when it includes no analysis of quotations. I would advise trying to construct your paragraphs to incorporate the contextual features with the analysis, as this makes for a more convincing argument.

Level of analysis

The analysis here is good. I was a bit disappointed to see the essay open with sentences such as "She officially published her story in 1831". Having spent a few hours reading Frankenstein essays here, this seems to be the norm. However, examiners are looking for an introduction which poses a clear argument based on the question, and I would advise you stand out from the rest with your essays and don't include useless context in the introduction. The language analysis here is good, looking at individual words, but beyond that the lexis and semantic fields Shelley utilises. Being able to analyse language in a sophisticated way, looking at how it shapes meanings rather than simply stating it is used, will gain credit from examiners. I liked how this essay refers to the novel as Shelley's construction, for example "Shelley also quickly changed the atmosphere all of a sudden". This allows the essay to go beyond simply retelling the story and narrating the plot, to looking at techniques in detail and exploring why they are used and the effects they have. The question prompts you to do this, but it is surprising how many candidates simply retell the plot of chapter five in this instance. I'm not sure the significance of chapter five is addressed well, however, as simply stating it is a turning point does not offer a detailed enough discussion. It is vital you engage will all sections of the question.

Quality of writing

The structure here is okay. As mentioned above, the introduction is poor with the inclusion of irrelevant contextual information. I liked how paragraphs are used, as there is a clear signpost for each, making clear the point which is about to be explained. There is a sustained focus on the question, and all points seem relevant to the argument. The conclusion seems rushed and jumbled, and doesn't really offer any insight. There are few spelling, punctuation and grammar errors in the essay, yet plenty crop up in the conclusion. The conclusion is your last chance to win some extra marks, and by simply summarising your points and offering an unfounded comment such as "Reading the novel is educational and teaches a lot" will not gain you credit.


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