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Look at the significance of Chapter five to the novel as a whole

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Look at the significance of Chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and the effect of the writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. Frankenstein is about a dedicated scientist, Dr. Frankenstein who creates a human being. He's a person of exceptional ability and posses a burning curiosity and desire to 'penetrate the deepest mysteries of science'. His desire to create a human being is almost an obsession which makes him bind to the problems he could bring upon himself and those who love him. The monster he creates turns on his creator, his family and friends and brings Frankenstein's experiment to a disastrous end. ...read more.

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Chapter five is Frankenstein's story of his 'success' in creating a human being and his feelings of horror at the sight of what he had created. Chapter five begins with an eerie, mysterious atmosphere, 'dreary night in November' which allows an example of pathetic fallacy where the emotions of the character reflect the weather and the environment surrounding you, 'rain pattered dismally' uses onomatopoeia which makes our understanding more vivid. 'Half- extinguished light' symbolizes a dark, depressed environment. It also symbolizes the life of Dr. Frankenstein and how it is 'burnt out' due to the obsession that he beheld. The candle is a very important aspect in this chapter as it portrays darkness and evil seeping through and overpowering the peace and serenity of the Doctor's life. ...read more.

Conclusion

The chapter was set during winter which symbolizes death of his spirit but as he wakes up from his Pneumonia a few weeks later it is the beginning of spring. A positive, new life awaits Frankenstein, or that how he feels, 'the young buds were shooting forth from the trees'. He calls the spring 'divine' signifying it is Godly and that God is approving it. Frankenstein is in many ways a good man. The details given about his family and his friendships tell us what he has a good life. But he cannot connect that part if his life with the kind of scientific work he has been conducting. When he runs way from the monster, he is like a parent rejecting a child. He is responsible for creating the monster ...read more.

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