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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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Introduction

Frankenstein 'Frankenstein' is a famous gothic horror novel written by Mary Shelley in 1918. Inspired by a dream the author had, it is greatly influenced by the time it was written and 19th century themes, such as science, exploration and new discoveries. This is shown at the setting of the very beginning, where explorer Robert Walton and his team are adventuring. They come across Dr Victor Frankenstein, who shares his story with them of his creation of life in the form of a monster made from pieces of dead corpses. Halfway through, the monster arrives and interrupts, and gradually Frankenstein story becomes his. This story must have brought great interest and controversy, because people at the time were also very religious, and the idea of someone other than God creating life must have produced a great deal of disagreement. ...read more.

Middle

When the monster learns about the world and how to read and write on his own, he feels angered by his abandonment and this causes his to seek revenge, for example when he murders Frankenstein's brother, causing the future plot of the story. Frankenstein's reaction to his situation enlightens us more on the type of person he is. It shows us that he clearly did not think his actions through or what would happen next and simply just determined to complete a set objective. We can tell his because of his sudden change of emotions, for example he says "beautiful - great god!" It shows us his irrational side. It also shows him as a coward, who cannot confront his predicament and did not think about what to do, making us think he isn't as clever as he thinks, as there is more intelligence than academic and science. ...read more.

Conclusion

This dehumanises it and shows he doesn't want any connection with it. She uses a good simile of the fear Frankenstein feels when he opens the door, comparing it to how "children are accustomed to do so when they expect a spectre" to be there. As well as this, the language is used well in this chapter to make it feel like the turning point of the play and change the course of the story. It ultimately changes the entire atmosphere or the play and causes more dramatic tension. This story is not simply just a horror story. Mary Shelley wanted to make people to think about more important meanings and warn future generations not to meddle with life or play god, and to accept your responsibilities. The novel has been a great inspiration for future generations and could be seen a warning of what could happen if we are not careful. ...read more.

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