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Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel Frankenstein

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Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. Looking at face value, Frankenstein is about a man called Victor Frankenstein, who creates a monster out of previously dead humans. But looking deeper, it is so much more then that. It's very ahead of its time, looking at morals that didn't appear until much later; for example issues about appearance. Frankenstein has an ongoing battle with his appearance, people think he is ghastly and menacing just by looking at him, but he is actually gentle and non-threatening. The media is mainly responsible for today's issues about appearance, telling youths how they should look and what is acceptable; the slightest curve on young women is undesirable because they can be deemed "fat", Frankenstein is unacceptable in the eyes of society. This novel also makes us question the difference between God and man. The fact that Victor Frankenstein can create a life is shocking. People were deeply religious; and also the suggestion that man can posses the same powers as God was improper and scandalous to the church. ...read more.

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He says himself this is his main purpose, and the novel is about him and the monster, this is why I think this is the most crucial point in chapter five, and maybe even the whole novel, as it has such an impact on the rest of the story. He becomes ill shortly after creating the monster. "I have lately been so deeply engaged in one occupation that I have not allowed myself sufficient rest" he becomes run down, I think this has a small impact on the novel as a whole but it has a big impact on chapter five, it shows that he is very stressed about the whereabouts of the monster, but one thing we must take into consideration is the fact that Victor Frankenstein exaggerates things, we know this from him thinking he is the victim "I escaped and ran down the stairs", so he might be making his illness be dramatic then it really is. In chapter five we find out about Victor Frankenstein's personality. Everyone is prejudice; because everyone judges people before they know them. Its an instinctive reaction and isn't dangerous unless you stick to your first judgement and that turns into discrimination. ...read more.

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Frankenstein the monster is about to be created, so this is a contrast in imagery, a burning out candle represents death, but a new life is being created. A key theme in this novel is the role of women. The function of women is redundant with the new way of making life. "I embrace her...dead mother in my arms" All the women in the novel die, and Mary Shelly didn't put her name on the novel until thirteen years after publication; this is because of the prejudice women had in the 19th centaury. Another key theme is science, and science vs. religion. People were fascinated in bringing the dead to life, and Victor Frankenstein portrays this in saying: "I shall saliate my ardent curiosity" People were extremely religious and the thought of bringing the dead back, and digging up graveyards was unacceptable to the church, and it brought up moral issues like is there a god? Because if man can create something that god can, are we not all equal? I have learnt that the 19th century was filled with prejudice and also curiousness about the after life and science. Religion played an immense role in the way people lived, all of this is reflected in the novel and we see Victor Frankenstein break the rules of society and change the roles of women so they are no longer needed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rachel Benton 11y 31/01/06 ...read more.

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