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GCSE Prose Assignment: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley Intro The book Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley. Mary finished writing the book in 1817 when she was just 19 years of age, but the book was not published till the start of 1818. Mary conceived the idea of Frankenstein in 1816 "the year without a summer". In that year Mary and her lover at the time, Percy Shelley took a trip to Lake Geneva to see Lord Bryon but all outdoor events they planned were cancelled due to the weather. This meant their whole summer was spent indoors talking only ever about science and the supernatural. After reading a supernatural story they came up with the idea that they each write a supernatural story and the best story would win. Mary thought of an idea which produced Frankenstein. Mary's inspiration to write Frankenstein came from a number of things, for example: James Lind, the mentor of Percy Shelley while he was at Eton. He was well known because of his interest in "animal electricity". At Eton he was probably one of the first people in England to demonstrate Electro-medical experiments in which he "made dead frogs jump like living ones". The Genre of Frankenstein is a Gothic genre. Gothic genre usually tells a story of horror and romance. As in the case of Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates the monster which establishes the horror, the other side of the story is the romance with Victor and Elizabeth. ...read more.


Finally the "restless waves" just adds that little bit of extra suspense. It practically tells the reader what is about to happen. "Restless waves that were beginning to rise" is telling that the characters moods, especially Victor's, were going to rise in a way of aggression. This is because of the fear for his life because of the monster he has created. Not only does Mary Shelley build up fear and tension through comparisons but also through the vocabulary she uses. 3rd Para Throughout the 3rd paragraph in chapter 23 Mary uses words such as "obscured", "terrified" and "conflict" to put fear and terror into the reader's mind. She draws on people's fear of the dark and how the imagination plays tricks on the mind when shapes can't be seen properly, "but so soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind". This also reflects Victor's feelings and how his fear is building too. Another way Mary Shelley puts terror into the reader's mind is by using repetition. "But this night is dreadful, very dreadful" the way Mary Shelley writes this emphasizes what's going on, it makes you feel whatever is happening is twice as bad. Phrases such as "fearful silence" hold the reader in suspense as to what is going to happen next. The effect of this is to personify the silence. Elizabeth's fear is shown in the 4th paragraph where she is worried about Victor's "agitation". She is described as "trembling" from the way Victor glances at her which "communicated terror to her". ...read more.


Once again this isn't getting you to answer the question but it is making you feel almost sorry for Victor in that Elizabeth has died but also the pain and hurt he has gone through he shouldn't be dwelling upon it. It seems like he is asking for the sympathy vote. Mary Shelley uses another technique in her writing, varying her length of sentences e.g. constructive sentences. The impact of this is to raise tension with the reader - to build up with longer sentences then to shock them with the short sharp sentences: "great God!" With the subordinate clause she puts in it gives the extra detail, "We walked for a short time on the shore, enjoying the transitory light, and then retired to the inn", the sentence still would have been perfectly fine without the "enjoying the transitory light" but that subordinate clause, once again gives it that extra detail. Furthermore Mary Shelley uses flashback; "I saw scenes that were familiar to me in my happier time", to gain empathy from the reader, to show the contrasts between Victor's feelings yesterday and today. Conclusion The writing in chapter 23 is particularly effective in creating an atmosphere of tension, fear and horror: Mary Shelley uses a variety of English, including techniques such as varying sentence length, pathetic fallacy, personification and repetition to build a link with her characters and to draw the reader into their minds and feelings. Anger, anxiety, fear, terror, agitation and love are all emotions Victor, Elizabeth and the reader feel through the vocabulary and sentence construction Mary Shelley applies. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrew Cockroft GCSE coursework - Frankenstein ...read more.

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