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How does Mary Shelley create a sense of horror in Frankenstein in chapter 5?

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How does Mary Shelley create a sense of horror in "Frankenstein" in chapter 5? The novel "Frankenstein" was written by Mary Shelley and is about a young doctor who becomes fixated in creating human life. The death of Victor Frankenstein deeply disturbs him. So, Dr Frankenstein tries to create life by pushing the boundaries of science and technology. He becomes obsessed with scientific studies for years. "Frankenstein" was written in the Victorian age. At that time the people were horrified and offended that anyone would think of creating life and taking the role of 'God'. Frankenstein overreaches and stitches a colossal man made entirely of dead corpses. The novel is also known as "The Modern Prometheus". Prometheus was a character from Greek mythology that made people out of clay and stole fire from the gods to bring them to life. He was severely punished by being chained to the top of Mount Caucasus and had his liver ripped out by an eagle. ...read more.


The monster is the creation of Victor Frankenstein. At first he cannot speak and is run out of town by villagers, who are revolted by his appearance. He hides in a forest were he suffers from the cold, hunger and loneliness. He watches a family, Agatha, Felix and their blind father in a cottage and learns to read and speak through watching them, when he tries to talk to the blind old man, Felix throws him out and beats him viciously with a stick. The monster reads Victor's journal about creating the creature. The creature then realises what he is. He vows revenge on Victor Frankenstein, and goes to Geneva and kills his youngest brother William. Mary Shelley overturned the usual gothic horror convention of a violent thunderstorm to create an eerie atmosphere by making the "Rain patter dismally against the pains of the windows". Mary Shelley also gives an eerie atmosphere by describing a poorly lit room "candle nearly burnt out" which give the reader the impression of a pessimistic mood. ...read more.


People with yellow skin are often very ill. "Pearly whiteness" is another one of the only nice features of the creature which suggest that his teeth shone like pearls in his shrivelled complexion. She also calls it a "creature" which tells the reader that the creature is treated like an animal and has no name which shows that Dr Frankenstein never valued his disastrous creation. The monster was describes as "dull" which reveals a not at all inspiring character, nor exciting but, very dead and not life like. The word "dull" gives the reader the impression of something being boring, tarnished, uninteresting, and lifeless. Victor's health suffers. He is punished for his actions. His guilt and regret causes him to have fits. "Oh save me, Oh save me" He suffers hallucinations and he fell down in a fit. Like Prometheus Victor Frankenstein will pay for his actions against god in creating life from dead matter. Dane Wilson English 10X3 Mrs Corrigan 4 ...read more.

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