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Frankenstien - Chapter II review.

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Chapter II Essay In this chapter the reader sees for the first time the introduction between Victor and the creature, which he gave life to in Ingolstadt. Mary Shelley challenges the reader's responses to the creature. She also makes the reader think why the creature sympathizes with Victor. The creature upon meeting Victor has no ideas of what Victor, his creator, is going to be like because Victor had totally abandoned the creature in the laboratory where he made him. Victor at least knows the creature's appearance which could have benefited him when they met. Mary Shelley shows the reader that when the two meet that Victor has a problem with controlling his emotions while talking to the creature, which for the readers seems quite surprising because up until this point in the novel Victor seems a well educated experienced person. Victor, because he does not control his emotions he talks a lot and this is shown when Victor talks to the creature and he does not realise what he saying to the creature, 'Begone you vile insect! Or rather stay, that I may trample you to dust'. ...read more.


Mary Shelley has included some important themes that are good for the reader to pick up upon. The main obvious theme all throughout this chapter is the introduction between the creature and Victor, up until this point in the novel it had been a mystery to the reader. Mary Shelley had purposely done this to grab the reader and to force them to read on further into the novel. Another central idea is the reader's response to the creatures rational and calm way of talking, this comes as a shock to the reader and makes the reader think twice about what the creature's character is really like. The surrounding area is not written about much by Mary Shelley in the chapter but is still a main theme throughout the chapter, 'thick mists hid the summits of the mountains', this gives the reader a greater imagination to picture what the surroundings are like. Also the area is very remote and this helps focus the attention onto Victor and the creature, 'the presence of another would destroy the solitary grandeur of the scene'. Sometimes it can be hard to remember when reading this chapter that the creature and Victor and actually family and this also comes as another theme in this chapter. ...read more.


Here the reader really has to think again because the creature actually is not devilish, that is only what Victor sees through his eyes, he is the guilty one and the creature is actually the innocent one. Mary Shelley is showing the reader a moral here and that is, not to judge a person by what they look like, to judge a person you have to dig much deeper into the person's personality. Victor demoralises the creature by using diction by doing this he also dehumanises the creature, 'abhorred devil'. Mary Shelley's has written with Victor in a first person language this technique puts the reader in the same position. To conclude this chapter in the novel is successful in the purpose that Mary Shelley wanted it be which is to challenge the reader's responses and to make the reader think before they make any assumptions of the characters Victor and the creature. This chapter is vital in the novel because of introduction between Victor and the creature which the reader has been waiting for all this time. The impact Mary Shelley has made on the reader is that they have to answer the question to whether Victor was right in creating the creature or not. ...read more.

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