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How does Mary Shelley manipulate your response to the characters of Frankenstein and his monster as the story develops

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How does Mary Shelley manipulate your response to the characters of Frankenstein and his monster as the story develops? The author of 'Frankenstein' is Mary Shelley. She was born on August 30th 1797 in London. Then later died on February 1st 1851 when she was 53. Her father was William Godwin, he was a radical philosopher and a novelist. Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, she is still known today as a feminist. Her mother died in September 10th 1797 of a disease called puerperal fever. Mary Shelley was married to Percy Shelley. She eloped with Percy Shelley at the early age of 16, the reason for this is that Percy Shelley was already married. They eloped to France. Percy Shelley was an important figure in his own right because he was a poet and good friends of her parents. Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley had four children, but sadly only one survived. Shortly after the death of Mary Shelley's first child she had a dream about her dead child being held before a fire and then being restored to life by someone breathing into her. Mary Shelley's husband Percy Shelley drowned when he was 29 years old on a boat trip. The book was written because of a ghost challenge set by Lord Byron. At the time Mary Shelley was only 19, which made her the youngest in the challenge. ...read more.


"His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles..." "I saw no cause for there unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it." These are two quotes from both chapters the first is from chapter five, this suggests to us a hideous monster that will be very dangerous. The second is from chapter twelve, this suggests to us a caring and loving being. The language towards the monster has changed a lot between chapter five and chapter twelve. As the two quotes above show in chapter five it was a very negative and judgmental way of talking about the monster this is because the narrator was Victor Frankenstein who judged the monster by his looks. In chapter twelve the narrator has changed, so has the language towards the monster. In this chapter it is a very positive way and a more reasonable way to talk about the monster. The writer has used the weather very well between these two chapters because in chapter five it was very dull, "...on a dreary night of November." But in chapter twelve it turns more comfortable and nice, "..genial warmth of spring." This show that the mood in the story has changed from being very dull to a nice warm more comfortable mood. In chapter twelve my sympathy goes towards the monster because he is left out because of his appearance, we now know that the monster has feelings and should be allowed into society. ...read more.


I think that Mary Shelley choose not to give the monster a name because it made it look like he had been even more rejected by Victor Frankenstein because he never bothered to name him. Also it gives the reader something to think about because they might be thinking why he hasn't been named. This drags the reader more into the book so they get more enjoyment. Although Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818 I think it still appeals to modern day times. This is because of the genre of the book Gothic Horror, the genre is very old but it has started to interest so many more people now because it is something is different. Also because the novel is structured so most of it is action and there is not any boring parts the reader is drawn into the book and can't put it down which is always a good thing in a book. Everything in the book is linked together so if you miss something you probably won't get the rest of the book this is why I found it so interesting. A really crucial thing that makes the book still very popular today is the questions Mary Shelley leaves the reader to think about. Like why did she not name the monster this will make the readers want to find out why the monster has no name. The themes that Mary Shelley includes in the book like the scientific side of it. Which is now what people are interested in. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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