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Frankenstein Look at the significance of chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writers use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. The novel 'Frankenstein' is a Gothic Horror about a man, Victor Frankenstein, and his tale of creating a life. Dr Frankenstein had lost the majority of his family, his mother died whilst giving birth to his younger brother. He travelled to Ingolstadt to work on a secret project, creating life from scratch. The novel was written by Mary Shelly in 1818. The idea came to her when she has a terrifying nightmare about the horrors of birth and 'the spark of life'. Mary Shelleys' partner, Percy Shelley, encouraged her to expand on her idea and use it as inspiration for a novel. However the book was first published anonymously as it was not 'proper' for a woman to write a novel in the 19th century. ...read more.


Mary Shelley was willing to take that risk despite other people's views and arguments. It was not seen as correct for a woman to write a novel at this time and for 13 years it was published anonymous. This chapter shows us more about Dr Frankenstein's feelings and behaviours towards his experiment. Before his monster came to life Frankenstein seemed excited, but nervous at the same time, this soon goes horribly wrong as he starts showing hatred towards his 'miserable monster'. He begins to describe the situation as a 'catastrophe' and a 'breathless horror' which leads to him running away and leaving his project abandoned. This is related to the novel as a whole because later on, the being feels unloved and unwanted. This also contributes to the theme of loneliness and isolation that the creation feels through out the novel. This builds up a rocky relationship between the Mother and Child - Victor abandons his responsibilities towards his creation. Dr Frankenstein had become very ill through the process of creating his un-named being, by suffering 'extreme weakness' and he had deprived himself ...read more.


The main theme being the dangers of science and technology, this was especially true in the 19th century, as new technology was being introduced. Mary Shelley was fascinated with the development of science and technology, but it also terrified her. The characters and events for the novel were inspired by a nightmare that Mary Shelley had about the implications of playing the role of God and creating life. This is also associated with her horrific experiences of child birth. Shelley's mother died 10 days after giving birth to her, and Mary Shelley also lost her own child. This is connected to the event in which Frankenstein's mother died whilst giving birth to his brother. In conclusion, the significance of chapter 5 is highly important as it is the chapter where the main event occurs, and what the rest of the chilling novel is written around. The writer's language and description is used to create the dense atmosphere for the main event, along with vivid description of character. The social and historical context of the chapter is mainly based around the writer's own experiences and horrors, however these horrors were turned into one of the most popular novels of all time. ...read more.

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