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How does Mary Shelley create a sense of horror at the creation of the monster in chapter 5 of Frankenstein?

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Task: How does Mary Shelley create a sense of horror at the creation of the monster in chapter 5 of 'Frankenstein'? 'Frankenstein' is a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1818. The story is about a young professor named Victor Frankenstein who created a being but realised that by doing so he may be putting his loved ones lives at risk, so he abandoned it. The story frightened many people as it was around the time of the industrial revolution and represented fears that many Christians had that scientific progress would go too far. Also during that time society was heavily influenced by the opinions of the church, so people didn't want to displease god by taking the right that only he should have. ...read more.

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Another technique she uses is pathetic fallacy which contemplates the mood of the story by using weather symbolically. Evidence of this is in the opening paragraph of chapter 5, the author states, 'it was a dreary night in November' which means that the dreariness of the weather makes the atmosphere ominous and scary. Another example of pathetic fallacy can be seen when the author writes, 'rain pattered dismally'. This means that the rain pattered causing gloom or dejection. Another device used is strong descriptive language and this is illustrated by the phrase'shrivelled complexion' which addresses a sense of the monsters ugliness because it's revolting by using the word shrivelled the reader gets a sense that the monster is dead yet somehow alive. ...read more.

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but as I imprinted my first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death'. This dream suggests that later in the book the monster will kill Elizabeth. The link the monster has with the dream is that the way she died in the dream may be the way she will end up when the monster will kill her. This dream creates tension for the reader because the dreams subject changes unexpectedly from love to death. Mary Shelley uses repulsive images to enhance the sense of horror, evidence of this is 'I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel', This quotation makes the reader feel scared and imagine images like grave-worms, which is a visceral image. Lastly Mary Shelley uses references to other texts to enhance the sense of horror created in this passage. ...read more.

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