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How does chapter ten of Shelley's 'Frankenstein' contribute to the rest of the novel?

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How does chapter ten of Shelley's 'Frankenstein' contribute to the rest of the novel? Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' is a gothic novel. Gothic novels originated from gothic architecture. They were mainly written to drive terror upon their readers and to explore sensuality. Mary Shelley led a troubled life. By the tender age of sixteen she had lost her mother, been involved in an affair with another women's husband, and been disowned by her father. Her unhappiness must have contributed to the darkness within her novel. Chapter ten of 'Frankenstein' is an excellent example of this. It is vital to the rest of the novel, giving it and unsettling and tense theme. Setting is vital to a story like 'Frankenstein'. Chapter ten shows terrifying examples of setting. The idea of Gothicism is shown here; 'rain poured from the dark sky and added to the melancholy impression' Gothicism creates and sense of fear for the story. It is important to the rest of the novel as it helps voice the anger and unhappiness of the monster. The idea of loneliness and isolation is prominent in this chapter. ...read more.


This relates to the chapter, when the monster is first created he is gentle and afraid, but when he is ignored and isolated by Victor, his fear turns to anger and his terrifying image is created. He expresses this in chapter ten. The idea of 'hands' arises throughout this novel. The monster covers Victor's eyes in chapter ten. 'And placed his hated hands before my eyes'. This is a key theme because it shows the monster trying to send the message that Victor Frankenstein is in denial of his responsibilities; that he is trying to shut out something that shouldn't be. These key themes are important to the rest of the story as they show the influences and feelings behind them. The use of language in this novel is creative and relevant to set the overall mood of the story. The idea of Gothicism arises again within the use of language. The clever use of descriptive setting builds up the tense mood, and helps to engage images of the supernatural. Another creative use of language is the way in which poetry is integrated into the story. ...read more.


He seeks revenge on his creator, but the monster is still not as horrific as Victor Frankenstein portrays him. Character development can change depending on who is telling the story. Frankenstein gives the monster a negative character. We see this in chapter ten, 'be gone! Vial insect' 'devil', 'too horrible for human eyes'. These make a biased opinion on the readers. Whereas, when the monster is narrating, the reader will understand his anguish and feel sympathetic. Victor's character is overall selfish and inconsiderate, he is irresponsible too his actions and doesn't give his creation a chance. The monster's character is kind and lonely. Only did he turn bitter when those who should have loved, hated. And resulted in him having an isolated upbringing. Chapter ten shows that the monster is just crying out to be heard, he wants to be understood, 'hear my tale'. But Frankenstein is too self involved to listen. To conclude this essay, it is clear how chapter ten is significant and contributes greatly to the rest of the novel. Setting important images in the reader's mind, of terror, Gothicism, loneliness and creation, which are vital to life, the story. The chapter is a bridge between Victor and the monster's stories and begins to change where the reader's sympathies lay. Amy Latter ...read more.

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