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

Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writer's language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences.

Extracts from this document...


Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writer's language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. Frankenstein is a Victorian novel written in the gothic genre. It is about a man, Victor Frankenstein, giving life to an inanimate being and abandoning it. The monster then seeks revenge and the love of what he believes to be his mother, Frankenstein. The author, Mary Shelley, wrote the book at the age of nineteen but was not able to get the book published at first, as she was a woman. Her husband, Percy Shelley, finally got the book published by an unknown author. It took years for Mary Shelley to officially become known as the author of Frankenstein. At the time the ideas portrayed in Frankenstein were grotesque and many thought it unbelievable for these thoughts to have come from the mind of a woman. Chapter five is the most significant chapter within the book as this is where the monster is created, which is the main beginning to the story. ...read more.


As the book progresses the monster starts to learn about family. He begins to realise that he had no 'father that doated on the smiles of the infant' or a mother with all her life and cares wrapped up in the child. He learns that he has none of the various relationships that bind one human being to another in mutual bonds. This gives the monster a felling of abandonment. The chapter also talks about the horrors of childbirth. The chamber and fluid in which the monster was given the spark of life symbolises the womb. When the monster emerges from the chamber Mary Shelley has given him life like a mother to a child. Mary Shelley then goes on to say that Frankenstein has done one of the most painful and unthinkable things for a woman by abandoning his creation, his child. This also shows the social influences in the novel as two of Mary Shelley's young children died. This shows that she knows the pain of losing children and tries to portray the wickedness of what Frankenstein has done. By creating the monster Frankenstein has tried to play God. ...read more.


The monster learnt by reading Frankenstein's journal of his own creation. This is as personal to the monster as the gravestone is to Mary Shelley. At the time Mary Shelley wrote the book electricity had just been invented. She shows this in the story as the monster was infused with life by electricity. Mary Shelley has a lot of social influence in the novel as she talks about the monster losing his mother, which symbolises the loss of her own mother. She was also shunned by society when she married Percy Shelley, which is like the society shunning the monster. When she talks about Frankenstein abandoning his creation she is symbolising the death of her own children. Also when she talks about the monsters sense of abandonment she is symbolising her life as at a young age as her mother died. She then ran away with Percy Shelley and was shunned by society and her father. Her and Percy had three children, two of whom died, and then Percy drowned leaving her with a two-year-old child and no money. The novel of Frankenstein reflects some of the pain within Mary Shelley's life. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    Compare the two chapters which describe the creation of Frankenstein(TM)s monster.

    4 star(s)

    Frankenstein portrays his fear by fleeing from the 'yellow skinned' 'catastrophe' twice. One flee occurs as the being first draws breath, Victor is in denial of his 'son' and does not wish to take responsibility for him. His fear is due to his prejudice thoughts; he believed that because his

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Frankenstein. Look at the significance of chapter five to the novella as a whole. ...

    3 star(s)

    This links back to obsession as it shows he only cares about the creation and nothing else. As the creation is bought to life Frankenstein regrets creating it. This makes the reader feel bathos towards Frankenstein because he is the father of the monster as he is the one who created it.

  1. Peer reviewed

    Frankeinstein. Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. ...

    4 star(s)

    Shelley also quickly changed the atmosphere all of a sudden; changing it from Frankenstein being worried to being relieved. ''I remained with my eyes fixed on the coach and perceived Clerval and nothing could equal my delight''; this illustrated that Frankenstein was scared but when Clerval appeared he was joyful.

  2. Discuss Chapter four of 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley and relate it to the wider ...

    From this, we can see that he sees the monster as being horrible, and he wishes he could die and go to hell. (as described in Dante's novel) Despite the way in which Victor abandons the creature, we see him as being very hypocritical at this point, upon the arrival of his friend Henry Clerval.

  1. Explore the Effect of Shelley's Authorial Craft on the Reader in Chapter Five and ...

    The monster, weak and confused, is left. It has been rejected. Chapter Five successfully builds tension, and by the end of the chapter, leaves one question in the mind of the reader- 'What will the monster do? What is it capable of?'

  2. 'Frankenstein' addresses many important ideas which were controversial at the time, and which have ...

    Her Mother dying led to her having a lack of emotional attention from her father and step mother and this made her feel isolated. This is reflected in the life of the creature, which has no one to comfort him.

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

    are pretty clearly out of this world. The idea for Frankenstein germinated from a little competition run between friends Lord Byron, the Shelleys (Percy and Mary) and Dr. John Polidori. Bored with life in 19th Century Switzerland they decided, in the nicest way possible, to try to scare the socks off each other.

  2. Frankenstein. I aim to discuss and analyse the significance of chapter 5 to the ...

    Meanwhile, the creature wanders through villages, along the way stumbling upon townspeople, whom of which react insensitively to his misleading and monstrous appearance, and yet he is miserably eager to be loved. Victor later then falls further into sickness, and is luckily discovered and rescued by the arrival of Clerval, who tends to Victor in the following weeks.

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