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Frankenstein: a Close Analysis of Vol. I, Chap. V

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Name: David Ireland Form: 10DC Grade: Comments: Frankenstein: a Close Analysis of Vol. I, Chap. V This passage is set at a point in the story where Dr. Victor Frankenstein is creating and making his first descriptions of the monster. Frankenstein at this time has been driven to work more and more to complete his aim, making him seem madly obsessed with his work. During this passage, the Dr. and the monster are constantly described in the same ways, "how delineate the wretch": the monster "I passed the night wretchedly": Frankenstein This could show how the monster is being conveyed as the Dr's doppelganger, of the reflection of his subconscious. Frankenstein, later in the book thinks, when the monster says "I shall be with you on your wedding night", that this is a threat to him, which it isn't. ...read more.


This links in to the myth that when all mothers give birth, they are at first disappointed with their baby, because it is so ugly and wrinkled, which is not what they expect. "I saw the dull eye of the creature open" This passage constantly shows the bathos of the commotion Victor Frankenstein has made over the making of his creature, like in the quote, where he, instead of saying how dazzling the eyes could have looked, defiles the 'monster' and says that its eyes were a 'dull yellow'. The passage also juxtaposes light and dark, to show how something that is intended to be so good and revolutionary can turn out terrible, like the story in the Bible where Satan attempts to replace God. Victor Frankenstein usurps the role of God, as well as that of women, by creating life, making the creature his 'Adam'. ...read more.


In "Frankenstein", a Chinese Box Structure is used, mainly to create a subjective view of the monster and the story. This is shown in this chapter, as Dr Frankenstein keeps describing the monster in a way in which no one else can contradict. This means that sympathy is created for him here and during the story when Frankenstein describes the creature as a "demonical corpse" that follows him around, trying to attack him. "I started from my sleep with horror" Many aspects of chapter 5 show connections to gothic horror, like the descriptions of the 'birthing' scene and the dream Frankenstein has. "I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing" However, other aspects of the story, especially the scenes in Frankenstein's laboratory, connect the book to others in the science fiction genre, because the plot of Frankenstein bringing a corpse back to life in the way described is not possible. ...read more.

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