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How does Mary Shelley influence the readers response towards Victor Frankenstein and the creature?

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How does Mary Shelley influence the reader's response to Victor Frankenstein and the monster in Volume 1, Chapter 5 and Volume 2, Chapter 3? 'Fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles' Mary Shelley, the author, had right from the beginning given the reader the impression that Victor only goes for the best, that he will not settle for less. Is it right to judge just by appearance? Mary Shelley created the idea of Frankenstein on the shores of Lake Geneva where Lord Byron lived. Mary Shelley had lost two children with Percy Shelley, one before marriage and one after. She had also lost her mother after only 10 days of birth. Shelley starts of chapter five with the word 'dreary'. This already gives the reader the impression that the night will not be in favour of Victor (as he is narrating) and possibly that it might make his future dark. This also sends darkened vibes towards the reader as it is telling us that the process of which Victor went through to create the monster was eerie and colourless. The night also has a more horrific and gloomy touch as the 'candle was nearly burnt out'. ...read more.

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Victor takes a walk to the coach station and finds that Clerval was at Ingolstadt. Victor, after severing himself from almost all social connections' he is deeply gladdened to see his old friend and feels after a long time 'calm and serene joy'. Clerval comments on Victors lacking looks and enquires the reason for his apparent tiredness. In response to this Victor replies that he has been 'deeply engaged' with a project but now he hopes that he is 'at length free'. The strong irony of this is almost comical to the reader as the reading knows of Victors 'toils' and the consequences of his actions. When Victor gives details of his illness, this is when the reader comes to realise that Victor did sacrifice his health solely for the creation of the monster. This makes the reader remember how heartbroken Victor was with disappointment and how the 'beauty of [his] dream vanished' so quickly. The reader can therefore understand that Victor was so committed to the creature that he could have abandoned it only out of true and pure fear. Chapter 5 Volume 1 is narrated by Victor Frankenstein and I think this is a very good technique to get the reader to understand and sympathise with the narrator. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, throughout the chapter the creature presented his desire to meet the cottagers but the constant violent treatment of the human species had stopped him from doing so, as he was afraid to go near another and get trampled upon again. The way the chapter ends, gives the reader the impression that the creature wanted to be like the cottagers, almost as if he has decided to copy and cottagers and their daily routine. This shows the reader how desperate the monster is for love and affection, as he is willing to dedicate is time to observing the cottagers. Throughout the novel the mood is very dark and sometimes very depressing furthermore there are only a few points that actually make the reader feel the brightened mood. The most light and cheerful mood was in the beginning of the book when Victor was telling us about his childhood plus he also tells us his love for his family and Elizabeth. This is the archetypal gothic horror convention as it involves both horror and romance. Mary Shelley has succeeded in directing the reader's feelings towards the monster because of the negativity she has portrayed from Victor toward the monster and the anguish the monster has to go through repeatedly just to get a place to sleep. ...read more.

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