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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein Essay Chapter 5 DRAFT Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who was fascinated and obsessed with electricity and the idea that you could use it to create a human being. He attempts to recreate a human life and creates a monster out of body parts. When it awakes he is so terrified of it and what he has done that he runs away. The monster, seeing his creator gone, leaves the laboratory. He has to learn about life on his own. The first thing that he sees in the world is evil. So the monster starts its revenge on Frankenstein by killing his brother, William, and blaming it Justine, the maid. She in turn is killed for the murder of William. After this Frankenstein vows to find his creation and kill it. He follows his monster all over Europe and Russia and almost succeeds in doing so in the North Pole. Victor dies and the monster runs into the distance. Mary Shelley wrote the book because she was interested and inspired by the use of science and the consequences of it when used incorrectly or in the hands of the wrong person. She was finding out about the essence of life. I think that the message she was trying to get across was the question "what makes a human?" because if it is just body parts then Frankenstein would have succeeded but he didn't so it is clearly more than body parts that makes a human being a human. ...read more.

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The story is set in a traditional gothic setting. It is very spooky, dark and secret. It helps hide all of the secrecy of the monster and the fact that Frankenstein is breaking the law. For example, when he says, "I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into and inanimate body" he is telling us that he has been working on an experiment to create a life from human limbs using electricity which, is illegal. The weather shows personification as it is described in a very explicit way to create the feeling that Frankenstein's feelings are similar to the stormy weather: angry, tired and weary. It is a very stereotypical scene with the rain patting against the window and the dark dreary night. "It was already one in the morning". The setting relates to Frankenstein's state of mind. He is scared, confused, lost. He is trapping himself inside the room blocking out the outside world. The stormy scene creates and angry atmosphere. This influences Frankenstein's state of mind and emphasises his feelings. We immediately get the impression that the monster is an unnatural creation. "Yellow skin", "hair was of a lustrous black", "straight black lips". These all show us that he has unnatural features. They make him stand out from the crowd and you instantly see a monster. Not a human. A monster that is evil. There is a contrast here between beauty and horror. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was not born evil, he just realised that the first thing he saw in the world was fighting and killing and shouting. Frankenstein dreamt that his monster would be a success. "The beauty of the dream vanished". After he had created the monster he endures the horror of it. He suddenly realised that he had committed nearly two days creating something so horrible that he almost knows that no good will come of it. Unable to take in the aspect of the monster he rushed to his room and tries to sleep. He does and he dreams that he kills Elizabeth by kissing her. "As I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death". His dream foresees what will happen in the future. It tells Frankenstein that Elizabeth will die. Could it be his fault for Elizabeth's death? In the dream, he kills Elizabeth but further on in the story the monster does. However, Frankenstein created the monster so is it his fault that Elizabeth dies? Frankenstein is based on new scientific discovery of the time, such as electricity. It relates to the many experiments being conducted at the time. Even in the 21st century there is still controversy over discoveries in science. There are debates in the news over abortions, genetically modified babies/food, the effects of global warming. Frankenstein relates to developments in science today because no matter when or where discoveries are being made, there will always be debates and arguments over the use of science and how it can effect us when used in such ways that the results are worse. Sarah Williams ...read more.

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