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Frankenstein - How does Shelley create a sense of horror in Chapter 5? Shelley creates horror in chapter 5 by using horrific language, structure (horrific in a sense of how she has structured chapter 5), themes to do with horror and context. Shelley doesn't only use horror in the scary sense but also in an emotional was, as I will reveal to you later in this essay. Shelley uses language to show horror; language such as pathetic fallacy is used throughout the chapter. For example "the rain pattered against the panes dismally", this mainly sets the scene and foreshadows negativity and discomfort there after. This shows horror in a way that the weather is horrific as implied by the word "dismally" as to is Victor's actions which is creating life within a human being which is not his rightful job its gods! Shelley has used this example of pathetic fallacy mainly to set the scene but also to show the horrific actions in the lab, which are surrounded by the horrific weather. At the moment when Victor Frankenstein is creating the monster, there is a thunderstorm, which is a stereotypical image. Lighting and thunder has always been and always will be terrifying. In the past the human race has thought of lighting and thunder as a message from god showing his anger and wrath, and has also seen its destructive power. ...read more.


This tension foreshadows Victor Frankenstein's feelings and our own as readers. This affects the reader in the sense that it makes us read the rest of the book, as we are curious to see what obstacles Victor Frankenstein may have to face next to achieve pacification. The horrific descriptions used by Shelley are very graphic for example, "the approach of the demonical corpse". This relates to god, heaven and hell. Especially the word "demonical" is very horrific describing the monster as a demon like character once again describing it as if it was from hell itself. Shelly makes the creation horrific by describing it negatively, such as the way he looks for example; "shrivelled complexion", "catastrophe", "creature", "convulsive motion" etc. These descriptions are highly emotive and powerful words. Shelley has also used Victor Frankenstein's thoughts and feelings to show horror. For example, "the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart"; this relates to his passion and desire to conquer death. He does this by animating a corpse of a human and fundamentally is able to animate dead flesh. As we know conquering death is challenging both god and nature, and challenging god or nature comes with horrific consequences. Shelley conveys a message to the future generations not to undertake work, like Victor Frankenstein, it is Gods! ...read more.


From this we are in two minds because we have sympathy as well for the monster .If Victor Frankenstein were trying to act like god by creating life his actions towards the life he created is not like gods. God did not abandon man neither did Prometheus and Victor Frankenstein does. Shelley has used a narrative structure to show the power of men throughout the book. Shelley has used men in the book as a gender, which try to get fame and to play god. When Shelley wrote this book, men were more powerful than women were. Men would go work while women stay home looking after children and doing housework, unlike today where men and women work together as the same occupation. Shelley makes us believe this by having women dying throughout the book for example: Elizabeth, Justine. She shows men trying act like god for example Victor Frankenstein who creates life, which is not his rightful job. This shows he is trying to have the power that only god can have. Men, such as Victor Frankenstein seem to "create" life without women. This is unnatural as well as morally wrong, and takes the power that "men" supposedly have to ridiculous lengths. Mary Shelley, as a woman shows this to be a disastrous horrific scenario. Shelly also shows horror by using themes. ...read more.

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