• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I am going to explore the character of Victor Frankenstein in the opening chapters of the novel. Showing his ambitious, arrogant and insane side in the novel. This novel was written in the eighteenth

Extracts from this document...


English Essay on Frankenstein In this essay, I am going to explore the character of Victor Frankenstein in the opening chapters of the novel. Showing his ambitious, arrogant and insane side in the novel. This novel was written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which was during the gothic period. During this time, gothic type of literature was very popular and prevalent because people found this very interesting. Supernatural and mystery. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley, which is also one of the famous gothic novel in those time. Through out her background and the novel, I know Shelley would be interested in science because there was many of her family members die in her life. Therefore, I think she written this novel to express her feelings, she written Frankenstein as herself. She refers galvanism in the novel because she believes chemistry might provide the secret of life. And she written this novel to satisfied her thoughts. In the novel, I think Shelly trying to give a message to the reader through the character of victor. The message she tries to give is thinking of the consequence before do anything, which this really link to the story that Shelley's husband wrote-The Prometheus. Because they both have the same moral behind the story. Firstly, this novel is using flashback on Frankenstein's life to tell the reader. ...read more.


Shelley use gothic type of language to create a supernatural feeling for the reader. Shelley use "distinct species", "heaven-sent" to say that Elizabeth is too good to be human, she is like an angel for Victor. She really stands out and supernatural in his eyes. Also, Frankenstein wants to own Elizabeth. This can show in the end of paragraph 2 in chapter 1. " Look upon Elizabeth as mine- mine to protect, love and cherish." This shows Victor want to treat Elizabeth as an object more than a sister. He wants to own Elizabeth. From this the reader might felt he is a bit mad and demented on Elizabeth. When Victor was 17, his mum deaf really did affect Victor's view of the concept value of life. This can be show in chapter3 "She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death. I need not describe the feelings of those whose dearest ties are rent by that most irreparable evil, the void that presents itself to the soul, and the despair that is exhibited on the countenance." He use "irreparable", "despair" to expound that life can't not be repair and go back. And he also saying life is too easy to be taken. He wants to go against nature and make life reparable. He saying this because he suffers enough on his mother's deaf and he don't want other people to suffer. ...read more.


This creates an intensity of feeling to the reader, which gives a image to the reader of what the monster look like. As well as this, Shelley also tries to make the reader sympathise with the monster and show that Victor hasn't repented of his sins. Overall, from the beginning of the novel till the end, Victor change a lot and learn a lot through out his life. At the beginning, he is really ambitious and he was thirst of knowledge. Then when his mum dies he became more and more arrogant and mad. Because he want to be famous and named in the history. Therefore, he wants to found the secret of life and prevent deaf happen. After he created the monster, he realizes that is not what he wants so he didn't take any responsibility to look after his monster. But then William, Elizabeth dies because of him. He learns that he should think of the consequence before he creates the monster. He is really regretting, repent and remorseful. He knew that he was very selfish at that time. This novel really gives the reader an important moral. No matter the reader in now days or the reader in Shelley's times. In now days, many scientists try to duplicate humans and animals. But they also need to think of all the consequence before they actually doing it. Therefore, I think this moral is really momentous in these days as well. By EMILY CHAN 10B2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. 'Frankenstein Essay' - With reference to chapters 11-16, trace the development and change in ...

    He learnt that their wealth was lost when a Turkish merchant was condemned to death for becoming obnoxious towards the French government. This affected the De Lacey's because Felix vowed to help the Turk escape and did so. (In return he was offered a reward but he declined; however he agreed to marry the merchants daughter, Safie)

  2. Frankenstien essay

    But he is not evil because he has not killed a human being yet. He says that he was 'unable to injurer anything human'. After he has committed this bad deed he saves a girl who 'fell into the rapid stream'.

  1. Victor Frankenstein is a morally reprehensive character. Discuss this with reference to the following ...

    This idea would have been considered to be impossible and rarely discussed. Today on the other hand, cloning and genetic engineering is occurring more often and discussed a whole lot more. Religion is less strict now, and the idea of playing God doesn't seem to be so terrible.

  2. Frankenstein: Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole.

    The way Victor has selected his creation's features 'as beautiful' emphasises his superficiality - bringing dead matter back to life has toppled off his top priority, he now wants his creation to be beautiful, and he is greedy to achieve this.

  1. Frankenstein - How is the monster portrayed in Chapters 11-16 of the novel?

    As we continue we see that the monster is able to learn physically from its mistakes, 'I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain' this once again represents the human like intellect of the monster being able to assess mistakes so as not to repeat it again.

  2. Frankenstein essay

    He waits until the family has left, and it is only the old man who remains. He then tries plucking up the courage to enter the house, but his bravery fails him. This feeling of anticipation and nervousness strikes a cord with all of us, and we feel almost as tense with expectation.

  1. An essay on the novel Frankenstein

    Victor takes his friend back to his apartment, but he finds that the creature is no longer there. He then becomes ill from a fever; the sickness is a sign that he has realized the horror of what he has done.


    These chapters encapsulate the tale of the monsters life and every step of it. In chapter 11 where the monster awakes for the first time, it is shown essentially as an innocent new born baby who is innocuous in every possible way.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work