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Look at the significance of chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what is shown about social and historical influences. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelly in 1816 and has become perhaps one of the most famous novels in the gothic, horror genre. Shelley was brought up in the 19th century where there were a lot of medical and scientific breakthroughs. These have influenced the novel because during the 19th century people had just discovered new information about the body and that electrical impulses were send via the body to the brain. This has influenced events in the novel because Frankenstein used electrical pulses to bring the monster he creates become alive. One of the social and historical backgrounds of Mary Shelly's life is religion and the power of God compared to man. In them days people were very religious and the thought of having the same power as God was astonishing. This influenced the novel because the whole story is about being able to create life thorough electrical impulse, Victor (the main character) being God. The novel has much to do with death as it does with life as many of the characters die in the story. ...read more.


In the chapter we see that Frankenstein is determined and dedicated to his work of creating life. This is shown when Victor says "dreams that have been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me." This quote implies that it has been his life long lasting dream and one of his passions and he really wants it to work. When his experiment goes wrong, Victor feels as though he has failed and his life has become a living hell with the monster on the lose outside. We also learn that Frankenstein is heartless and selfish. This is shown when Frankenstein quotes "my loud unrestrained heartless laugh..." this quote implies that that you can tell that Victor only cares about his creation and nothing else, just through his laugh and through the way he talks. Also in chapter 5, Frankenstein realises that he misses his family and friends. This is shown when Frankenstein says, "whom I love and who are so deserving of my love." This implies that he ha realised he loves his family and has been leaving and forgetting about them and that they deserve better that how he is treating them. In this chapter we see the demise of Victor Frankenstein. ...read more.


This is shown when Frankenstein says "I had worked hard for nearly two years for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inmate body." This links into the theme of angers of obsessions, which in the novel Frankenstein was obsessed with his creation but the output became very dangerous and a hazard towards him. Another event in the chapter is when the monster is seen as a scary, frightening, loathsome and beastly when really he is not evil at all but kind hearted. This links into the theme of appearance vs. reality. This theme runs through out the novel and is also shown when the monster meets the blind man. The blind man cannot see the monster so does not judge him by what he looks like. He gets to know the monster and comes to the term that he is not a bad creation. After reading the novel and particularly concentrating on chapter 5 I have come to the conclusion the 19th century prose is different to todays. The use of old English language really gives the effect of age, and era of when it was written. I do believe it has a good effect on the reader to if it was written in today's time. Some of the plot and events would still occur but be replaced with more modern ones. The techniques that were used then would be effective now because they are not used now so people because more interested in how things were done. . ...read more.

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