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Frankenstein - With particular reference to chapter 5, explore how Mary Shelley has used the gothic horror genre to create a shocking and terrifying story, which is as relevant today as it was in 1818

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With particular reference to chapter 5, explore how Mary Shelley has used the gothic horror genre to create a shocking and terrifying story, which is as relevant today as it was in 1818 Even though it is over a century old, 'Frankenstein', by Mary Shelley, has continued to sustain public interest for more or less two hundred years. The novel was published in 1818, and is one of the much-admired stories in the history of literature. It has remained a favourite with many audiences, past and present, and has been modified and re-told many times through a variety of types of media, such as; radio programmes, theatre, art, children's comic books and cartoons, television and film versions. I assume it remains to be so well-liked for the reason that the readers can relate to the characters and situations that occur. The novel contains many shocking and fascinating events - some of which may startle or terrify the reader. Mary Shelley is an author who wrote the novel of 'Frankenstein'. She experienced many deaths of close friends and family. When she was first born her mother died. ...read more.

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as they keep the reader interested in the book. These are also what have horrified readers because it is so detailed; it makes the novel seem more life like - especially when describing what the characters look like. The description of the monster is what makes chapter five one of the most important in the novel and why it has horrified many readers. The monster is described in a lot of detail and it gives the reader a clear example of what the monster looks like. We can see this by the phrases used such as 'his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of the muscles and arteries', 'his hair was of a lustrous black' and 'his teeth of pearly whiteness'. These descriptions give the reader a clear image of what the monster looks like. This makes the narrative very effective because it makes the reader more scared of the monster, because with the more detail we get, the more terrifying the monster seems. Also, because the monster is described in a lot of detail, it entertains the reader more - as it makes the book seem more real. I believe this will make them want to continue reading the book. ...read more.

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He was also doing it so that no one else would have to feel the pain he felt when his mother died, and has a desire to bring his mother back to life. This makes the reader feel sad, as he just ruins his life by creating the monster - all because he loved his mother so much. This book gives you a feeling that you want to help Victor because all throughout the book it is just misery, and then even more misery. Frankenstein is a very powerful book. It has been popular for nearly 190 years due to the many questions it raises about various topics. It questions religion and the very beliefs many people would have relied on in 1818. The book delivers many messages; most of them being a warning to scientists of the time who tried to bring back people who had died. It also shares with the reader lots more messages relevant to today, such as don't judge a person by looks and accept people who are don't quite belong. It a very well written novel, and has kept many audiences entertained over all the years. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jade Byng ...read more.

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