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HOW DOES MARY SHELLY CREATE HORROR IN FRANKESTEIN

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Introduction

How does Mary Shelly create a sense of horror at the creation of the monster in chapter 5 of Frankenstein? Frankenstein was written in 1818 by Mary Shelly who was only 18 years of age when she thought of the story and was 19 when she wrote it. This novel is a Gothic horror but it has elements of terror and romance. Electricity and other medical science was discovered in 1800-1850. There was a conflict between religion and science because many Christians believed that it was Gods will in creating and ending life and after the discovery of science of the idea that people could create life was against God. Mary Shelly creates a tone of horror through the use of vocabulary, pathetic fallacy, repulsive imagery, first person narrative and contrasting images. Pathetic fallacy is used to create a sense of horror, "It was on a dreary night", "the rain pattered dismally". The effect of this is that it shows negative mood and highlights the surroundings which makes the character sense depression and it sets a fearful stage and the reader will think that something bad is about to happen. ...read more.

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Shelly shows later in the novel that Victor is responsible of Elizabeth's death because he created the monster and the monster kissed Elizabeth which caused her death, "I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death". The monster connects to the dream because in Victor's dream, Elizabeth dies, and in the real life she dies so the monster is the cause, "became livid with the hue of death". Frankenstein's action does result in the death of Elizabeth and this scene was absolute terrifying as the dream and reality were equally horrific. Also Victor cannot escape the consequences of his actions by going to sleep. This is scary for the audience because two of the people he loved are dead, his mother and Elizabeth. Victor could not control his dream or he could not wake up which made it very scary. His dream and the reality was the same which was very weird because in the real life Elizabeth dies and in his dream, she also dies. ...read more.

Conclusion

In my opinion I think that Marry Shelly is trying to get the message of not playing around with nature across. Victor Frankenstein played with nature so he suffered consequences, his mother's death and the death of Catherine, his love. My conclusion on Frankenstein is that Mary Shelley is showing through the use of the novel that not to play with life. As Victor Frankenstein created life, he was punished by God. Mary Shelley shows Victor as a brave and intelligent man whose mission was to create life and as soon as his mission was completed he wished that he could rewind time and not to create this horrific monster. I think that Frankenstein will always be a powerful piece of novel forever and will not get boring as all generations will enjoy reading it. The techniques which Mary Shelly used makes the novel so good, for example the way Shelley uses different language to create a image of the monster in the audiences mind, repulsive imagery, 1st person, contrasting images and pathetic fallacy are all types of different vocabulary which are used to create horror in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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