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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.

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Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

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