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'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley - Analyse Chapter 5 and consider its significance to the novel as a whole.

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'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley Analyse Chapter 5 and consider its significance to the novel as a whole. Having read the novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley. I am going to consider the significance of chapter 5 to the rest of the novel, and look at how Mary Shelley's life has influenced the writing of her novel. I am going to focus mainly on chapter 5, but first I am going to consider some aspects of the preceding chapters. Frankenstein tells Walton about his Genovese origins. Frankenstein describes how his father was wealthy and respected, and how he rescued his mother, Caroline from poverty before marrying her. She was the daughter of Beaufort, Frankenstein's father's friend who lost his fortune and relocated to escape the shame of his poverty. He travelled to Beaufort and his daughter with the intention of offering assistance, but when he arrived at their home, Beaufort was dead and Caroline was left poor and alone. He took her back to Geneva with him and married her two years later. Although much younger than her husband, Caroline loved him dearly and he loved on her, so their relationship was a happy, loving one. ...read more.


A chemistry professor, M.Waldman, befriended him, and Frankenstein became devoted to the study of human creation and the spark of life that he had abandoned earlier. Waldman assured him that, 'the labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind'. M. Waldman was horribly wrong. In chapter 4 Frankenstein became an ardent student of chemistry and anatomy in his quest to determine what gives life. After two years of study at Ingolstadt, he decided returning home because his studies were so advanced that he couldn't progress any further at the college. But before his trip home, Frankenstein discovered the essence of life, which he refuses to reveal to Walton because he doesn't want Walton to follow his poor example. He said, 'Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow' After Frankenstein figured out what gives life, he experimented with creating a human being. ...read more.


When Frankenstein began to recover, Henry gave him a letter from Elizabeth. Chapter 5 starts with 'it was on a dreary night in November' the word dreary means very miserable and dull, and this can refer to Gothicism. Once the creature is created, Frankenstein talks about it being beautiful 'beautiful', 'lustrous black' and 'pearly white'. He also talks about it being ugly 'horrid', 'yellow skin', 'watery eyes' and 'dun-white sockets'. These contrasts of negative and positive characteristics help create a more detailed image of the creature in the readers mind. When Victor saw his creation finally come to life, he realised the sadistic thing he had done, and abandons it. Here we realise that Victor is partly the villain in this story. He allows the monster to leave and wreak havoc in his life. The monster was not created as being evil, He states that he wanted acceptance from Victor, if Victor had not abandoned him then the fatal tragedies in his life might not have occurred. I believe that chapter 5 is a good significance to the novel as it shows where Victor's dreams are accomplished and broken, and where everything starts going wrong. 1 ...read more.

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