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Frankenstein - How does Mary Shelleys description of the setting and her use of language in chapter 5 represent the social and historical context of Victorian England?

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How does Mary Shelley's description of the setting and her use of language in chapter 5 represent the social and historical context of Victorian England? In Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' it is set on a 'a dreary night in November' Victor spends most of his time dedicated to science, he soon discovers the secret of life and decides to make 'wretch', victor describes this 'monster' as 'beautiful great god' showing his fears, but it all goes terribly wrong and he finds his self mentally drained, After receiving a letter explaining that his brother had been murdered; He is convinced that the monster committed this murder; Victor was dumb-struck that something that he created committed this ghastly murder. Later on in the novel the monster admits to the murder and begs for forgiveness and claimed that he was lonely. 'Frankenstein' then starts to make a female, he then realises that this one may go terribly wrong too and decides to destroy it. This makes the monster angry and frustrated and tells victor he will get his revenge. ...read more.

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Frankenstein creates this monster; this is the culmination of his dream, and the start of a nightmare. Shelley uses gothic features to attract the reader such as a 'dreary night of November' one am in the morning. Chapter five is effective and is appealing to readers both Victorian and modern in chapter five they emphasize that, both Victorian and modern people, enjoy this novel and they all find it appealing and interesting. Mary uses gothic features in the novel to attract the readers some of these are candles, rain, instruments, and a monster. 'I trembled. One subject! What could it be?' This leaves you feeling anxious and intrigued, to want to continue reading. Mary Shelley deliberately creates a setting to create atmosphere 'on a dreary night of November' This shows that this novel is almost like a horror film set in the Victorian days, its dark and gory and they have set it on a dark and grey night so that it's a thriller and menacing. Shelley creates excitement and tension for the reader 'breathless horror and disgust filled my heart' by emphasising the gothic side and the breathtaking side of the story. ...read more.

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That's why Shelley set it in the winter. The importance of this chapter is in creating the gothic atmosphere of the novel. By reading chapter five it makes me predict that the rest of the novel will be depressing and scary. Another reason why chapter life is crucial is because it helps us learn about Victorian life and the context of science and religion, when he talks of the monster as 'a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived,' this is a reference that most Victorian readers would have understood as saying he was worse then the creatures of hell. The Victorian fears of this toying with life and death was very deep in their subconscious and most people, who did have strong religious beliefs would have recognised and responded to the negative references to creation and the unnatural creature that it has here generated. When Frankenstein refers to the 'corpse to which I had so miserably given life,' this tells the reader that this 'life' was depressing and miserable, possibly leaving some feeling that the 'life' created in this attic may not be worth living. ...read more.

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