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Frankenstein. The major themes and the importance of chapter 5.

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Introduction

Frankenstein The novel Frankenstein was written in 1816 and published in 1818. It is a well known gothic horror novel. The novel is by Mary Shelley who set the novel in the seventeenth century. This novel is very successful due to it's context of horror and romance. Mary Shelley uses different narratives to fascinate her readers in the novel by having different emotions within the novel, and having a lot of detailed description of her characters and the scenes that the novel is set in. Mary Shelley thought of the story of Frankenstein when she and her husband were visiting their friend Lord Byron. Byron challenged Mary Shelley and a friend to come up with a story, of which the winner would be the one who created the most terrifying story. Mary Shelley got the idea of the novel Frankenstein when she had a half-waking nightmare. Frankenstein is about a scientist called Victor Frankenstein whose desire is to find out the meaning of life, so he creates a creature from death to life. The creature for a start is kind but Victor disowns the creature as it is ugly and it would be a misfit in society. ...read more.

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This comparison of weather to human feeling shows the similarity of Victor Frankenstein to the weather with his creation has being going on for years and he is becoming ill an dreary as of it. In chapter 5 Mary Shelley uses setting of the scene to terrify the reader by describing it as "dreary" which makes it horrible and nasty. Mary Shelley also gives a clear image of the weather by saying "the rain pattered dismally against the panes" The word "pattered" gives a very anxious description to the weather as its described as hitting the panes in a pattern which makes the scene more terrifying, which makes the reader more excited to read on. Also the use of the word "dismally" describes the rain hitting the pains in a horrible way, which also makes the scene more terrifying. In chapter 5 you find the description of the Creature by Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley describes the creature in a lot of detail. Like with these quotes from the story, "his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of the muscles and arteries", "his hair was of a lustrous black", "with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as dun white sockets" and "his shrivelled complexion". ...read more.

Conclusion

It also has a message with the character Frankenstein which is that to accept every one society and we should not have any one who is a misfit as we all are the same. The novel Frankenstein makes me feel sad, as it is quite upsetting to read with its character's loneliness, deaths, and discrimination. I feel very remorseful for both characters Victor Frankenstein and his creature. I feel very emotional when thinking of the character Victor Frankenstein with his intentions was good to bring the dead back to life. As to his tragedy of his mother's death, I think this probably gives him the desire to bring life back to the dead. But after working on his experiment for years it goes terribly wrong in the end result, and he basically ruins his life for loving his mother. I also get very distressed by the character of the Creature due to his discrimination in society. Being classed as a misfit within society that meant the creature would be very lonely as he is not accepted nor can he relate to anyone in his life, which I think would have made the creature hate society with plenty of reasons to do so. ...read more.

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