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Frankenstein. Chapter 5 is a very important chapter, because this is when the monster comes to life. The atmosphere is very ominous:

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London. Her mother died of fever, ten days after giving birth to her. Similarly to Shelley's novel, 'Frankenstein' which deals with the theme of death and the horror of giving birth. Her father William Godwin was a writer and political journalist who became famous with his work "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice'' in 1793. Shelley herself, suggest some very political and moralistic messages within her novel. She appears to be a political thinker. She knew that advances in science were happening during the Victorian period and possibly she recognised the dangers that lay on the horizon. She probably had a feeling about the science going too far as years will go by. Man making another man from dead tissue could as we might expect destroy the family unit. A child needs a parent to deal with emotions and the environment they're born in. This moralistic message is shown in 'Frankenstein'. Shelley met her husband Percy at the end of 1812 and they married at 1816. Their first daughter died in Venice, Italy a few years later. After that her second child died at the age of three. Shelley shows an interest in creating or re-creating life in her novel 'Frankenstein'. Maybe this is because she had experienced so much loss in her life and at the same time watched others experience loss. The Victorian period would have been difficult for many, especially the working class. Medicine and other health facilities were not cheap or free available as they are in these days Shelley may have fantasised over the idea of bringing her mother back to life. ...read more.


He also has to deal with the humanity, who judge him on his appearance and as a result do not welcome him. Shelley's message to her readers could be that, we should all take responsibility for everything that we do. And that we should not judge things of they're appearance. When Frankenstein sees his friend Henry Clerval, he asks about his family and we can see that he is worried. The lines ''It gives me the greatest delight to see you; but tell me how you left my father, brothers, and Elizabeth'' shows that Frankenstein cares about his family and that he is worried about them. The fact that he is worried is significant because later on in the novel his family is going to be in danger, which worries Frankenstein even more. In chapter 5 we might feel sympathy for Frankenstein, when he shows confusion by saying:'' How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?''. Shelley could have used this rhetorical question to make us feel sympathy for Frankenstein. The readers understand that Frankenstein is finding it hard to deal with emotions as he is experiencing the rhetorical question emphasizes his confusion. Frankenstein has waited nearly two years for this moment, we know this because he says: ''I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.'' ...read more.


Frankenstein feels like he started a new life, because it's spring. We can guess that Shelley has used the season cycle to emphasise that, even though Frankenstein thinks he is being given another chance and he can start a new life in spring, the winter will come back and so will the monster. Chapter 5 shows us the obsession that a lot of people could have to create life. Even thought we try so hard we would never be able to make something as beautiful as god can. Frankenstein says:'' it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.'' This is ironic because god is the one who gives life. We can assume that Shelley used irony here to emphasise the hate and disgust Frankenstein has. The contrast between God and Dante, winter and spring emphasize the fact good and evil will be a contrast throughout the novel. There is a lot of loneliness shown in Chapter 5, until Clerval comes. Frankenstein is very pleased with finally having someone around. We can see this when he says:'' But I was in reality very ill, and surely nothing but the unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend could have restored me to life.'' In this chapter we have learned that in the nineteenth century people were very religious and even though they believed that you couldn't play god, they were very interested in science, creating of life and things like that. We also know that this novel was very popular in the nineteenth century, because there was no entertainment such as televisions and theatres. This novel was also popular because people those days were interested in horrific images and unnatural ideas. ...read more.

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