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Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Look at the relevance and affect of the writer's use of language to describe setting, character, and what it shows about social and historical inferences.

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Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Look at the relevance and affect of the writer's use of language to describe setting, character, and what it shows about social and historical inferences. The story of 'Frankenstein' was written in 1818 by well known British author, Mary Shelley. She wrote this novel when she was only eighteen years old after having a horrendous nightmare about an evil scientist bringing to life a human like monster. She got this inspiration from observing Luigi Gavoni, a scientist who used electrical impulses to make dead frogs move. This novel follows the life of the character Victor Frankenstein and his Monster prior to it being made, during the process and after. 'Frankenstein' has a prominent message throughout, that of not judging someone by their appearance but by their inner beauty. Mary Shelley also clearly puts forward her thoughts of the immorality of making life out of dead parts through explaining the trauma Frankenstein has caused to this. She has very clear views that anything that has been unnaturally conceived is wrong. In the opening paragraph of Chapter 5 readers are enlightened of Frankenstein's emotions towards the monster which vary from being proud of his accomplishment, to pain, to distress. The first sentence of this paragraph is written with the use of pathetic fallacy, 'dreary night of November'. ...read more.

Middle

The monster flees and as of that, Frankenstein's fear worsens to paranoia. Frankenstein is shown to be so disturbed that he cannot even sleep. He has 'wild dreams' that he sees his beloved Elizabeth who ends up being the corpse of his dead mother. Frankenstein is so disorientated; he loses his natural immunity and becomes ill. He works himself up so much that he gets in such a poor state and is bed ridden with a fever. 'Cold dew covered my forehead'. At this moment in the story, the reader is starting to lose interest of the suffering of Frankenstein as he has been dragging out his suffering for almost a whole chapter. At the beginning you acknowledged his suffering but it eventually becomes tedious. 'I passed the night wretchedly'. Mary Shelley does this on purpose to emphasise the point that Frankenstein has been wrong in his doings. She makes the reader dislike Frankenstein through over explaining. This may be a consequence of Frankenstein's actions, people disliking him. Later on in Frankenstein's 'hour of need', Clerval, his trusty companion arrives and the mood lifts; 'I clapped my hands for joy, and ran down to Clerval'. Clerval realises that Frankenstein's behaviour is absurd and realises that something is seriously wrong, 'he saw a wildness in my eyes which he could not account'. ...read more.

Conclusion

'It is from your cousin, I believe.' This is off the subject of the monster. The mood is fairly optimistic and relaxed. This suggests that the story is now moving on. The reader may now be expecting to find out about the family of Frankenstein in more detail as the reader has only touched on it briefly before. Another thing the reader could be anticipating is that of the monster, where it had gone, where it lives etcetera. The key message that Mary Shelley is proposing is that of wrong doings. She, throughout the chapter, consistently reminds the reader of this 'doing' that Frankenstein has done. This being creating life without the natural way of conceiving it. She convincingly argues through the words of Frankenstein himself by dragging out his pain and suffering for a whole chapter. This may have been an extremely, agonizingly and serious topic for the reader to read in Shelley's days, but now, the meaning has been lost with Frankenstein's torture is drawing out. Nowadays, you would not expect to read such dreary writing but more gory and shocking stuff as things are more acceptable to do and say in this society than in Shelley's days. In conclusion, Chapter 5 is a crucial part of the story as without it, the point that Shelley was forwarding, would not have been so prominent and important and the story may not have been so exciting. ?? ?? ?? ?? Orquidea ...read more.

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