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Look again at Chapter 8 in which Frankenstein describes Justine's trail - What do you think the novel has to say about justice and injustice?

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Alexandra Salters C1KNG Q. Look again at Chapter 8 in which Frankenstein describes Justine's trail. Then answer the following questions. a) What do you learn of the characters of Justine and Elizabeth in this chapter? b) How does Mary Shelley's ways of telling the story interest the reader in this chapter? c) Justine and the injustice are often thought to be central concerns in the novel. What do you think the novel has to say about justice and injustice? A. Within Chapter 8 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the trial of Justine begins and the huge injustice is served meaning Justine will lose her life for a crime she did not commit. Frankenstein although plagued with guilt attends with Elizabeth Justine's final visit before she will be hanged. Their support becomes Justine lifeline. As the trial begins we do not know much about Elizabeth and Justine's character. However Mary Shelley shows their characters through this chapter. ...read more.

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She believes in Justine's innocence. The writer shows Elizabeth strong belief in justice and that the right thing will be done, and that Justine will be saved and whoever killed William will be punished. For example this is shown when Elizabeth begins to doubt her religion when the verdict had been delivered. "Alas! How shall I ever believe in human goodness?" Mary Shelley keeps the reader's interest within this chapter by reveling the plot slowly. She also uses short sentences to get the readers attention. For example when the trial begins a short sentence is used to show something important is about to happen. "The trial began." This emphasises that it is important part in the chapter and also that anything during the trial could happen. Mary Shelley also uses a strong contrast in the language used. The writer uses positive and negative images. For example Frankenstein describes things very negatively and describes Justine positively. ...read more.

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She asks Elizabeth if she believed her, as Justine needs this comfort as she sees herself as evil and Elizabeth knows this is not true. For example "Do you also believe that I am so wicked?" This shows that being put through this ordeal has changed Justine's way of thinking she doubts herself. However Elizabeth believes in her and this is important. The writer however allows Frankenstein to take a back seat in this chapter, as he doesn't say anything during Justine's last Visit. For example his narrative inform the reader that he stayed silent during the visit. "I could not answer." This emphasiese Frankenstein's guilt and also that he is not himself he is full of regret and sadness. He cannot believe Justine will die for his mistake and also that someone else will die for him. Mary Shelley shows that she did not believe in Justice at this time as she allows the wrong verdict to be announced within her book. This shows that at the time the book was written the Justice system wasn't as reliable as it maybe today. ...read more.

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