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How Is Chapter 5 of Frankenstein Relevant To Social and Historical Influences of the Time?

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How Is Chapter 5 Relevant To Social and Historical Influences of the Time? Frankenstein was a controversial novel at the time of its creation. As Mary Shelley wrote and edited the book she had to use a man's name to publish it originally. Mary had many traumatic experiences since the day she was born in 1797 until she died in 1851 at the age of 53. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a leading feminist and fighter for women's right in the 1800's but she died whilst giving birth to Mary so grew up with only a father called William Godwin; who was also heavily involved in the social world. Mary had a lot of idols to aspire to and fight the battles which they had started. Shelley grew up during the Romantic period of English literature. The leading writers of the time were poets Wordsworth, Keats and Blake who were all experimenting with the moral, spiritual issues of what it means to be human and the overwhelming power of nature; its force to destroy and create. ...read more.

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Until finally it becomes clear to the audience that he starts to obsess over his ideas and abandon all the people he loves. This is cleverly linked to the start because Victor puts all his creative energy into making, what seems to be like, his own 'child'. He strongly believes that he can succeed in creating life. In chapter 5 he says 'I had worked for 2 years for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.' This shows us that Victor has worked so long, and neglected so many aspects of his life, that now failure is not an option. He feels that he needs to prove his worth and expertise to society, and also to the people he left behind. In chapter 5, Victor has finished his masterpiece and is terribly anxious for he has no idea when, or if, he will awaken. It carefully explains how he carefully chose all the pieces that would make up the body. ...read more.

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Mary Shelley describes the rain as pattering 'dismally' and the night as 'dreary' which appropriately reflect the tone of the book. Studying chapter 5 has given me a strong insight into the differences between 21st century and 19th century prose. Back then, the writing style used was definitely more melodramatic than writing now. It uses words and phrases such as 'demoniacal corpse'. Nowadays, the language used by writers is less intense and more subtle. Some things that Mary Shelley wrote are not commonly used now and if they were written now then it would seem strange. For example 'How delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?' is a phrase used by Shelley in the book. In the 19th century many of the books written had very theatrical and exaggerated manner which is undeniably contrastive to what we read today. Personally, I think that the writing now is a lot easier to read and understand but the writing in the 19th century was very creative and original, it made the English language seem more beautiful. ...read more.

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