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Frankenstein, Only the start

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The book, Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley May 1817 and was published in January 1818. She was just 18 years old yet already had 4 children and suffered 1 miscarriage, which almost killed her. She included her feelings about childbirth and the horror of childbirth into Frankenstein. There are many allegories, deeper meanings, to the book such as that it was a warning not to mess with the unknown; creator and his creation; appearance and reality; the dangers of an obsession; loneliness and isolation and the horror of child birth. During the time the novel was written electricity was just becoming known which played a big part in the creation of the monster. Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797; she was the daughter of women's rights pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft, who died giving birth to Shelley, and writer William Godwin. ...read more.


The words used are typical pre 1914 writing. Also during chapter 5 Victor runs from his rooms and wanders the streets of Ingolstadt until Henry Clerval finds him. Henry had arrived to enrol at University and he takes Victor back to his rooms to recover. The monster has gone. Victor is relieved at this and feels a burden lifted from him. Henry spends the rest of that winter and the following spring bringing Victor back to full health. Henry writes home to Victor's family in Geneva. Shelly sets the atmosphere and creates the mood by using language like "The dreary night of November" where the monster is given life; this remains in the memory of the reader. And that is what is felt throughout the novel the misery of it all along with the uninhabited isolation. ...read more.


Most of Victor's sufferings in the novel are brought about his alienation. The creating of the monster, and keeping it a secret led about to his downfall in the end. The theme of alienation is also shown through the creature, which Victor creates. The sufferings of the creature in the novel are also the result of being alienated, but unlike Victor, he does not bring this upon himself. Instead, others isolate the monster. This is due to his freakish and horrible looks: His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath ... his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips. The language used in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is very typical of 19C Prose we can tell this by the use of words such as "dun" and "wretch", in modern English both of these words would not be used. ...read more.

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