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

Look again at chapter 20 in which Frankenstein tells the monster he will not provide him with a female. Then answer the following questions - i) What characteristics of the Monster and Frankenstein does Shelley reveal?

Extracts from this document...


Look again at chapter 20 in which Frankenstein tells the monster he will not provide him with a female. Then answer the following questions. i) What characteristics of the Monster and Frankenstein does Shelley reveal? ii) How does the language show the tension between Frankenstein and his creation? iii) It has been said that in creating the monster, Frankenstein creates something in many ways like himself. Refer to the novel as a whole. I) Frankenstein and the Monster are characters with broad and diverse characteristics, and throughout the book the reader is always learning more about them. In chapter twenty Victor begins to think what might happen after he finishes his second fiend. He becomes increasingly sickened by the thought of this, and the potential disastrous effects of creating a mate for the monster. It shows a reasoning side of Victor's character that never appeared when creating the monster. "She might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate and delight, for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness." Victor has felt the impacts of his first monster, and has learnt, that they are hideous creatures, able to destroy the physical lives of many, and the mental lives of others, Victor taking himself into consideration. ...read more.


II) Promises have been broken, men have been slain, and the tension between the creation and the creator is inevitable strong. "He approached me and said in a smothered voice 'you have destroyed the work which you began; what is it that you intend? I have endured misery and toil" The monster shows the anguish he feels, that he may never be saved from solitude. 'Smothered' illustrates to the reader the richness, the unbearable voice that fills the room, inescapable from hearing. This already leads up to the dramatic tension between the characters. The monster begins by giving Victor a way out, the chance for an explanation, yet never allows him to speak, as he knows that she was destroyed on purpose. He explains his feelings, acts immaturely; "do you dare destroy my hopes". It illustrates to the reader the hope that still lives dormant inside the monsters body. "Dare" illustrates to the reader that this is a threat, not just a question, and the anger and tension is already strong between the characters. However Victor is unhurt or nervous about fighting back to his fiend. ...read more.


Women in Frankenstein are generally pure, innocent, and passive. Though there are a few exceptions, such as Caroline Beaufort, who works to support her impoverished father, women are generally seen as kind but powerless. For example, Elizabeth stands up for Justine's innocence but cannot prevent her execution. For both Victor and the monster, woman is the ultimate companion, providing comfort and acceptance. For Victor, Elizabeth proves the sole joy that can alleviate his guilty conscience; similarly, the monster seeks a female of his kind to commiserate with his awful existence. Each eventually destroys the other's love interest, transferring woman's status from object of desire to object of revenge; women thus are never given the opportunity to act on their own. Frankenstein is a gothic novel and a frequent motif in gothic is the double. When Victor refers to the monster as "my own spirit let loose from the grave... forced to destroy all that was dear to me". Victor provides the clearest expression of the view that he and the monster maybe doubles, with the monster acting out Victors own aggressions. In creating the monster, the cultured being let loose the brutal, grotesque self contained within, full of primal emotions, and this monstrous force can be seen as acting out the self-conscious desires of the civilised being. ...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. How does Mary Shelley present Frankenstein the monster and what do we find out ...

    in a rich cadence, swelling or dying away, like a nightingale of the woods' The way Frankenstein the monster expresses his emotion and uses words we would not think of him as a monster but instead as a normal, delicate, soft hearted being.

  2. Who is the REAL monster in Frankenstein?

    It was obvious that Victor felt compassion for his creature - and maybe even a little gilt. After all, he was created only to be abandoned. You could also tell that Victor regretted his actions as he said, 'I compassionated him and sometimes felt a wish to console him,' suggesting

  1. Explore Mary Shelley's attitude to Monstrosity in 'Frankenstein' through a comparison of the depiction ...

    the most distinguished of that republic' and 'my ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics'. From this we can assume that whatever we read from Victor's narrative character it will be true. Victor throughout his life tends to judge people by their appearance - this may be because

  2. Is Chapter Five Particularly Significant to the Novel Frankenstein?

    It isn't, it was. As thoroughbred Brits we tend to use the present tense for happiness and the past for despair. This is, no doubt, because the present is unchangeable, exhaustible and should be enjoyed while it lasts whereas the past is full of death, darkness and, as Frankenstein would say, despair.

  1. Mary Shelleyss Frankenstein (1818) - The characteristics of Victor Frankenstein.

    is at first unaware of the effect his appereance has on people. His first attempts to contact his creator fails, and he is rejected harshly, and is left alone. Confused and sad, not knowing who he is, he heads for the mountains, where there are no people to judge him and flee from him.

  2. To what extent is Victor Frankenstein the real monster in the novel?

    religious and would have considered toying with dead human parts as a terrible sin. Also, Victor's attitude towards examining dead body parts, "-a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life" makes the reader feel disgusted by the fact that he could be comfortable with doing something so 'evil'.

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

    In Chapter 5, Victor describes the monster in a way which will inevitably repulse and frighten any human-being: "A mummy endued with animation could not be as hideous as that wretch".

  2. Frankenstein - Who is the real monster?

    This is the very opposite of what Frankenstein was trying to achieve. When Shelley describes the process that Frankenstein has undergone to "infuse life into an inanimate body", we are further horrified at the thought of bringing about something so terrible.

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