• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Frankenstein - With particular reference to chapter 5 of Frankenstein, discuss how Mary Shelly creates a sense of horror for the reader.

Extracts from this document...


Frankenstein With particular reference to chapter 5 of Frankenstein, discuss how Mary Shelly creates a sense of horror for the reader. Frankenstein is all about contrast. Contrast between life and death and Mary shelly uses this in a verity of ways along with a lot of thematic imagery to create a sense of horror for the reader. Frankenstein blends gothic horror and romance in a story that is both world famous and increasingly relevant. A young Swiss student discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and by assembling body parts creates a monster who vows revenge on his creator after being rejected from society. Frankenstein is a novel in which a scientist ventures further than any before. He exceeds the boundaries of science exploration to the absolute. It was written by a young women named Mary Shelly in 1826 when she was just 18 years of age. Mary was born in Somers Town, Great Britain, in 1797 to well-known parents: author and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and philosopher William Godwin. Unfortunately, Wollstonecraft died as the result of Mary's birth. Mary is therefore raised by her father and a much resented stepmother. I personally think that her upbringing had a lot of influence on Frankenstein. All the tragic things that have happened to her over her life must have contributed to the tragic things that happened in Frankenstein. ...read more.


''dull yellow eye'' sounds good because anything to do with a body that is yellow usually means its rotting, and also some people believe that the eyes are the window into the soul. Therefore, this means the creature's soul is dead and rotting. In the few moments after the creature has been brought to life, Frankenstein realises that he has been deluding himself; he did recognise that the creation was not as beautiful as he wished it to be whilst he was putting the body parts together. However, once life was instilled in his creation he realised that it was truly ugly. "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?" His most immediate response is running away from the creature. He escapes to his bedroom where he has a dream. Here his subconscious mind responds to the horrors of the sight he has just witnessed. The body of Elizabeth turning into his mother's rotting corpse is interpreted in various ways. It may show guilt, pre-eminently at neglecting his family for so long; it may also represent guilt at going into charnel houses and graveyards. The images Shelley makes full use of themes that were popular during the time she wrote Frankenstein. ...read more.


that brang about the creator's own downfall and Frankenstein's monster out-of-control invention and a creation or invention that may get beyond its maker's control and cause problems and a monster in the shape of a very large coarse-featured person, often with features such as bolts in the neck and a shambling walk Increasingly lonely and isolated, the monster becomes embittered and cruel, taking a hideous revenge on his creator. In a dramatic denouement in which Frankenstein pursues his creation to the Artic in order to destroy him, Mary Shelly reveals the terrifying consequences of playing God. It also refers to the story of Prometheus plasticator who was to said to have created and animated life. These two myths were eventually fused together: the fire that Prometheus had stolen is the fire of life with which he animated his clay models. Because of the 'creating' aspect, Prometheus became a symbol for the creating artist in the eighteenth century. Victor Frankenstein can indeed be seen as the modern Prometheus. He defies the gods by creating life himself. Instead of being the created, Victor takes God's place and becomes the creator. Just as Prometheus, Victor gets punished for his deeds. He is, however, punished by his creation whereas Prometheus was punished by the god who he stole from. In my opinion, there should be no limits to science exploration. Science is all about discovering new things and developing mankind. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Frankenstein - Chapter 5 starts with 'It was on a dreary night of November', ...

    round, walks on, And turns no more his head, Because he knows a frightful friend, . Doth close behind him tread.' Frankenstein says this poem as he is walking. The writer of whose this poem is in real-life is Coleridge 'Ancient Marnier,' has links to the gothic tradition and also is a literacy link.

  2. Frankenstein How does the Mary Shelly create a gothic atmosphere in chapter 5 especially?

    An extract of `Coleridge's ancient mariner is used, the poem is similar to the story and in this extract it expresses how Frankenstein may be feeling as he is the only that knows of what he has done and is lonely because he has abandoned his creation and his friends for something that he does not want.

  1. Compare and Contrast "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley and "Flowers For Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, ...

    his adult life, even when he becomes intelligent, he still feels that he is not good enough and provides him with an overwhelming urge to be successful, we see this when, towards the end of the book, Charlie realises that his new IQ will fade, with time as a limit

  2. In Frankenstein How Does The Use Of Three Narrators Affect The Reader's Response To ...

    "The men, unsupported by ideas of glory and honour, can never willingly continue to endure their present hardships." His selfish desires prompt the main tale, as the paths of Victor, Walton and the monster cross at the North Pole- a suitably cold and desolate setting.


    Also the image emphasizes the horror because they remind us that this creature is made of various parts. Mary Shelly uses foreshadowing in order to create a sense of horror. Foreshadowing was used in Victor Frankenstein's dream. His dream was seeing Elizabeth and kissing her and she turned into in

  2. How Does Mary Shelly Create Sympathy For The Creature In Frankenstein

    A "reason" for life I a very human feeling and not a monster or animal quality in any way, so now you can see how human the creature really is and you have even more sympathy for him realising that he is a regular human in every way but trapped in a monster's body and so treated like one.

  1. Explore how Mary Shelley uses language to create a sense of horror and terror ...

    Many people of the time clung on to religion as a safety blanket and feared science as it was new and frightening, it changed the way that they thought life was and stretched the limits of what they thought could happen, therefore this book was a very real possibility, and

  2. 'The novel is a powerful examination of, challenge to, what is good and evil ...

    It can be said that upon reading the novel, the reader would undoubtedly expect in the end to receive a sense of closure, and be presented unquestionably with a definite moral lesson. This would be expected particularly in the conservative society on the nineteenth century.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work