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How effective is Mary Shelley's account of the Monster's awakening in chapter 5 of Frankenstein

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How effective is Mary Shelley's account of the Monster's awakening in chapter 5 of Frankenstein? Why is the experiment significant and what are the consequences? Mary Shelley was exposed to lots of weird, off the wall ideas. Her father William Godwin, and his colleagues had experimented Galvanism. (Passing an electric current through the limbs of a dead frog). Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born on the 30th of august 1797. Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, was also an author. She wrote 'A vindication of the rights of women' a feminist piece encouraging women to think and act for themselves. Wollstonecraft died giving birth to Mary, so she had very early experiences of death. This book is a gothic novel about the dark side of life, and is subtitled the modern Prometheus, because Prometheus tried to trick the gods and Frankenstein did the same. Victor Frankenstein is the main narrator of the story. ...read more.


The monster reads Victor's papers and realises what he is, he vows revenge on Victor, he travels to Geneva where he kills William, and frames Justine for the murder, who is then hung. Victor reluctantly agrees to make another monster to be a companion, but needs to go to England to do so. The monster follows him there. Victor tears up the new creation, and the monster threatened to follow Victor and be there on his wedding night. The monster kills Cleval, and when Victor marries Elizabeth, the monster kills her too. At the end of the novel, the monster sets fire to itself and Dr Frankenstein and died next to him. In chapter 5 Shelley created an atmosphere of gothic horror before the monster awoke, I have chosen three quotations to show this; 'The rain pattered dismally.' 'It was a dreary night in November.' and 'It was already one in the morning.' ...read more.


of the main reasons that the monster turned evil, along with the abuse it received as the towns people chased it out of town. I have one other reason why the monster turned evil, I feel the final straw was when the monster was thrown out of the cottage after the blind man had invited him in, recently after the monster had helped the family by picking the potatoes and protecting the blind man from being beaten. In conclusion I think chapter 5 is very effective because of how things happen, the monster protecting the old blind man from the angry rent person, and the monster being thrown out of their house, then vowing revenge on Victor Frankenstein minutes later. The message of the novel is not to play God, like humans are starting to do with GM crops, test tube babies and abortion, these things are only good when ther are kept in control. So the message is still relevant today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matt Stibbs 10LCr ...read more.

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