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How does Mary Shelleys description of the setting and her use of language on chapter 5 represent the social and historical context of Victorian England?

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Chloe Millgate 9H How does Mary Shelley's description of the setting and her use of language on chapter 5 represent the social and historical context of Victorian England? 'Frankenstein' is a novel about change, science, revenge and creation. The inventor and scientist, Mr Victor Frankenstein, creates a creature from old body parts and using science. The creature is meant to be beautiful but when it is finally brought to life, it disgusts and terrifies Victor, he runs away. The monster then escapes and starts to terrorise Victor's family and his creator. Victor's friend then and fellow scientist Henry Clerval arrives to stay with him. They go back to Victor's apartment where they discover the monster has gone. He has an emotional meltdown and collapses, having to be looked after and nursed back to health by Clerval. In spring he becomes well and decides to return to visit his family. Victor receives a letter to say that his brother has been killed, he then realises that the monster had murdered him and sets off to search for him. ...read more.


As a child Shelley lost her mother and later on she lost a child of her own. Therefore the creation of a new creature may have been both a way to recreate her mother and daughter, there are a couple of quotes in the novel which explains this tragedy, such as "I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms" which tells you about her mother dieing and also "I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing" as her husbands ex-wife tried committing suicide and there was an attempt to jump start her with a spark of electricity. This was what happened in the novel when brining the monster to life. In chapter 5, this is when the creature is finally brought to life after Victor spent most of his life creating him. This chapter is highly gothic as you can tell straight away as the first line is "on a dreary night of November" which sets the mood of dullness. After bringing the creature to life, Victor Frankenstein goes and visits his friend and fellow scientist Henry Clerval; he drives home, back to his apartment to find that the monster had escaped. ...read more.


it as they were highly religious and believed in and were brought up to know that a human could only be conceived by a women in birth, well as the modern readers would say that this novel is an exciting read and would not believe this. Shelley chose to write this novel set in the winter months and at night in the old room in the old house to give it a drearier, cold feeling which makes it a more gothic feel which makes the novel even more exciting than it already is. Frankenstein receives a letter about his brother being dead, even though many new pieces of technology were being invented; the Victorians were not as advanced as we are. The Victorians relied heavily on their beliefs and religions; and this was changing which confused them. There were many changes and findings in science at the time. Victorians thought that the story could really be true and that a creature could be invented using science. This is because their beliefs about religion and science were changing drastically at the time due to new inventions and the findings of Charles Darwin. ...read more.

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