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Frankenstein Chapter 5

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Frankenstein; Chapter 5 In the few moments after the creature has been brought to life, Frankenstein realises that he has been deluding himself; he did recognise that the creation was not as beautiful as he wished it to be whilst he was putting the body parts together. However, once life was instilled in his creation he realised that it was truly ugly. "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?" His most immediate response is running away from the creature. He escapes to his bedroom where he has a dream. Here his subconscious mind responds to the horrors of the sight he has just witnessed. The body of Elizabeth turning into his mother's rotting corpse is interpreted in various ways. It may show guilt, pre-eminently at neglecting his family for so long; it may also represent guilt at going into charnel houses and graveyards. ...read more.


For the most part he manages this, despite his nervous breakdown. However when Clerval says to him "I may speak to you on one subject, may I not?" Frankenstein immediately thinks that Clerval has found out about the creature and wants to question him, when in fact it was an innocent subject concerning writing a letter home. This proves that the creature will always be on his conscience and he will never be able to forget it. Mary Shelley uses a variety of techniques in Frankenstein to present the monstrous nature of the creature created by Victor. Once life is instilled in the creature, Frankenstein tries to describe what it looks like to Robert Walton, who he is telling the story to at this point. Mary Shelley uses two opposing semantic fields to outline the creature's appearance; a group of positive characteristics and a group of negative characteristics. These descriptions allow a detailed image to be built up in the mind of the reader. ...read more.


Her main viewpoint is that many scientists have excellent ideas that would benefit the whole of mankind; she herself could have benefited from people being brought back to life, for example her mother. These ideas are good in theory and ma y seem to work during experimentation and research, but once they are actually employed there maybe serious consequences. In Frankenstein, Victor's idea was set to benefit a lot of people, but once the process had been performed, he could see that the idea did not work. This also leads onto a view that all things natural, as created by nature, are beautiful whereas artificially made products manufactured by those attempting to play God will never be anywhere near as exquisite as the natural equivalent. This view would probably be shared by Mary Shelley as she belonged to the Romantic movement which believed in and was fascinated by nature in the role of the healer etc.. We know that Mary Shelley was an atheist, but she probably did think that interfering with the secrets supposedly only known to God was wrong. ...read more.

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