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

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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.

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''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.

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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.

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