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How does Mary Shelley make the description of the monster waking in chapter five of "Frankenstein" powerful and dramatic

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"How does Mary Shelley make the description of the monster waking in chapter five powerful and dramatic?" Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley, in the year 1816. It was decided upon, one stormy night in Geneva, that her, her husband and two others would all write horror stories for each other. Mary then got her inspiration from sciences at the time, like Galvani's theories of electricity's effect on animal bodies and muscles reaction to a stimulus. The type of gothic literature that Shelley wrote is a prime example of the dark and dismal writing of that period. Shelley went on to write the epic piece of gothic horror - Frankenstein. Chapter five is a very important chapter in the play, Frankenstein's struggle is finally over, and the monster finally lives. However, not everything turned out the way Frankenstein wanted to, and answers to his questions such as "where does life begin" have not been found. Shelley uses lots of informative adjectives to make the chapter seem more dramatic, for example, she says the monster has "watery eyes" and "black lips". ...read more.


When the words 'horror and disgust' are used they provoke us into believing just how anguished Frankenstein is and how much he despises the experiment. Shelley also makes the monster's awakening seem very dramatic by using words like "catastrophe". This shows Frankenstein's shock and horror of the creature he had created and hoped would be beautiful, but turned out to be the opposite of what he wanted. This word shows is very powerful and tells us how everything has fallen apart for Frankenstein, including the one thing that was keeping him alive - the experiment. After the monster comes to life, Frankenstein does not take responsibility for its creation, and tries to lose all contact with the monster to do so. For instance "endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness" shows us this, and also makes the reader feel more involved with the story, as they can all have their own opinions on how Frankenstein handles the events. The world 'forgetfulness' shows us the passion with which Frankenstein hates the monster, and wishes he had never started his research. ...read more.


When the monster woke up, Frankenstein instantly regretted doing the experiment. When the monster got abandoned by the old man and also his creator, Frankenstein the monster felt rejected. At this point it is a crucial turning point in the story, because the monster got pushed over the edge by people's prejudices - the old man was the only person who had seen the real monster, and even he discarded him. The monster became extremely evil, and ended up desiring only one thing - to destroy Frankenstein, nothing else mattered to Frankenstein except this. I think that overall Shelley made the description of the monster waking very powerful and dramatic. It includes lots of emotive words that involve the readers, and also the storyline is extremely powerful and intriguing, making sure the reader is hooked from start to finish. I believe that the messages of Frankenstein are mainly warning us against the dangers of scientific progress and also about the differences between what we ourselves see as good and evil. Also, the story tells us how we should not be prejudiced towards anyone because of how they look, this was relevant at the time, and is still relevant today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danny Burgess 10MPi ...read more.

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Shows some understanding of the character of Frankenstein and some comments on the language Shelley uses in chapter 5. More detailed analysis is needed and better focus on the set question. ***

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Response to the question

This essay responds well to the question. There is a clear awareness of Shelley's techniques contributing to the dramatic effect of this chapter. I would've liked to have seen this essay attempt at commenting on their effectiveness, looking at the ...

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Response to the question

This essay responds well to the question. There is a clear awareness of Shelley's techniques contributing to the dramatic effect of this chapter. I would've liked to have seen this essay attempt at commenting on their effectiveness, looking at the reader response of the techniques rather than simply stating they are present. This would've shown to the examiner that you understand why the techniques are being used, rather than simply being able to analyse their use by Shelley. There is some attempt to explore the significance of the chapter, but this is not beyond the plot itself. If I were answering this question, I would be looking at how this contributes to the gothic genre whilst looking at the form and structure of the novel.

Level of analysis

The analysis here is sound. However, I do feel as if there is a tendency to feature spot rather than look at techniques and how they shape meanings. For example "Shelley uses lots of informative adjectives to make the chapter seem more dramatic" is correct. But, if I were answering this question, I would rather dedicate a whole paragraph to the descriptive language in the chapter, building up some analysis to look at the narrative technique as a whole, and how it is effective. It is this progression from feature spotting which is required to score highly in GCSE. As mentioned above, there needs to be more focus on the reader's response to this chapter as a whole. If I were an examiner, I'd be asking what effect does "using pathetic fallacy" have, and why has Shelley used this technique specifically? It was strange to see the style of analysis switch here. Sometimes this essay writes about Shelley's constructs, for example "Shelley uses lots of informative adjectives". But, it then falls into narrating when saying "Frankenstein hated the monster, and everything to do with the experiment". I would note that the former is the best way to approach analysis, as it shows you understand Shelley is constructing the novel for a purpose, which naturally forces you to explore why she uses techniques.

Quality of writing

This essay has a basic structure. The introduction is poor, as it is not relevant to the question whatsoever. Examiners dislike bolted on paragraphs about context, and this is a great way to differentiate yourself by including a strong introduction. The second paragraph would be a better start to an introduction as it is focused on the question, but even then it could be improved by placing more importance on Shelley's constructions rather than commenting on the plot. The style here is basic, and doesn't have the most sophisticated approach. Using the first person is avoidable and stating "I think" and "I believe" only gives the impression your argument is opinion based. Try and use phrases such as "the evidence clearly shows" or "it is argued that" to have a more critical voice.

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