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Frankenstien - Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writers use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences.

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Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. By Charley Richardson 10CAT Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley when she was only eighteen years old. It was first published on 1st January 1818 and was a huge success. Using the style of the 'Gothic Novel', Frankenstein was the probably the first science-fiction book ever written. It has become not only a widely read classic, but a very influential novel. Frankenstein has a moral that deals with issues and ethics of medical and scientific advancement and how far humans should go in tampering with nature. The story raises questions as to who should have final power over life and human nature, God or humans. The novel is written as a narrative, but consists of many layers and deeper meanings. The story is told by Robert Walton, who has written in a letter to his sister what Victor Frankenstein has relayed to him. Although this is the actual narrative, the reader feels as though it is actually Victor Frankenstein who is telling the story. ...read more.

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Chapter 5, page 56. Frankenstein therefore has reacted with horror at his creation. Rather that creating a superior healthier human, he ended up creating a monster. In the few moments after the creature has been brought to life, Frankenstein realizes 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 endeavored 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 at neglecting his family for so long; it may also represent guilt at going into charnel houses and graveyards. The major theme in Frankenstein is the great emphasis placed on appearance and acceptance in society. ...read more.

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So the scene at the start of this chapter is a dull night, raining and the moon was half out, or behind a cloud. Chapter 5 links in with the themes of the novel very well. Chapter 5 shows emotions of regret, the need for love or belonging, the responsibility of a parent and society judging by appearances. Chapter 7 is William's death and Victors regret of creating the monster. In chapter 15 the monster gets rejected by the family, and shows his need for love. It also shows that society does judge by appearance because he thought they were a nice family but they actually weren't. Chapter 16 shows the monster's desire for a mate, and again the need for love or to feel like he belonged somewhere. Chapter 23 is Elizabeth's death which shows Victors regret for creating the monster. In chapter 25 the monster commits suicide and the role of parental responsibility! It also shows the need for love. Studying this chapter has given me a better understanding of 19th century prose by showing how Mary Shelley uses it to explore the themes of regret, the need for love, and to belong, and of parental responsibility. She also uses it to show more about the character e.g. Victor Frankenstein, and the changing of the atmosphere of the settings. Charley Richardson ...read more.

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