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Frankenstein. Chapters 4 and 5 in the novel are important because this is when Frankenstein starts to create the monster and when the monster is brought to life. These two chapters are full of description and Shelley uses many language techniques to creat

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Frankenstein Coursework The novel "Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus" was written by the British author Mary Shelley and published in the early 1800s. She wrote it at the tender age of 19. This era of European history was known as the Romantic era when feelings were openly expressed, passion was celebrated and dark and stormy emotions were explored. Mary Shelley was on holiday in Switzerland with her husband (the poet Percy Shelley), Lord Byron and some other friends when she wrote the story. She was influenced to write this novel because firstly, throughout her childhood, she has faced many deaths. For example, her own mother died giving birth to her. This had a great impact on Mary Shelley and led to a lifelong fascination with life and death. During their holiday, Lord Byron challenged all the guests to a competition to see who could write the scariest horror story to pass the time because of the appalling weather. This weather created the perfect atmosphere for scary stories. Mary Shelley proudly won this competition with a shorter version of what would become the famous novel "Frankenstein". The plot revolves around Victor Frankenstein's obsession with science, leading him to create a living creature from dead people (or organic materials). ...read more.

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This shows that society spurns him and treats him as an outcast. The adverb "grievously" suggests that he is seriously injured, which evokes even more sympathy. The creature says, "I longed to join them, but dared not," This is understandable for the creature due to the longing of social interaction and he is afraid of being mistreated. The monster then starts to understand that he is different to the society around him: "When I looked around, I saw and heard of none like me". This also shows that he is isolated from everyone around him and that he is harshly neglected. Furthermore, he has no father or mother or even any kind of example to look up at and learn from, saying "no father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caress". From this point, the reader starts to sympathise with the monster because we tend to take the love and support of our parents or guardians for granted. The monster reveals himself as being kind by empathising with the humans (the DeLacey family). He finds out that the Delacy family were suffering from hunger so he "abstained" from stealing their food to satisfy his own hunger. ...read more.

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Men are born essentially "good" but are made evil by society, as Rousseau wrote. Shelley read lots of the work of Jean-Jacques Rosseau's work. He believed that man's nature is harmless but that it can become corrupted by society. This links to the creature who is changed dramatically by society's cruel, prejudiced treatment of him. The other story linked with "Frankenstein" is the death of Mary Shelley's mother. This was a real shock for her because she couldn't even remember her face or what her personality was like. This probably led her to find out about death and if you can bring someone back if they are dead. Finally, Victor Frankenstein should have been responsible for the monster when he created it and should not have abandoned it. This is the same for parents. Parents should look after their children. In addition, children need love and support if they are to develop into responsible humans. The lack of care and support Frankenstein gave to his monster resulted in him becoming a killer. This reflects today's society where parents who don't look after their children find their children becoming criminals and failing in life. All in all, the novel is a gripping piece of writing which I believe has many morals, which still apply to readers today, even almost two hundred years after "Frankenstein" was first published. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sifat Ahmed 10075 11T ...read more.

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