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Mary Shelly - Frankenstein Mary Shelly uses several different styles of writing in chapter five to develop the atmosphere. Primarily she uses

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Mary Shelly - Frankenstein Mary Shelly uses several different styles of writing in chapter five to develop the atmosphere. Primarily she uses gothic machinery throughout, adding oppressive words and playing with light in scenes to add tension. She also uses repetitive descriptions to stress their severity in the chapter. Even poetry is used with hidden symbolism to complement her writing and to break up the story; allowing tension to rise and fall. Finally she moves characters in and out of Frankenstein's path to change the direction of the story Mary Shelly immediately sets up an atmosphere of horror and expectation in this chapter. Dr. Frankenstein has been striving for this goal unknowingly since childhood. He was always fascinated by science, chemistry in particular and the old philosophers who inspired him to recreate life. It's like a seed that's been planted inside of him, growing to an unbearable size, until he's physically in agony as he hasn't achieved his goal. Mary Shelly shows all this by using oppressively gothic words like "toil" and "dismal". The only worlds not included in this style are "rain" and "infuse" both meaning life and beginning. Because Shelly combines these two groups of words, they foreshadow the destruction and horror this new life will bring upon Frankenstein. ...read more.


Shelly includes his mother as a symbol of Frankenstein's inspiration or cause for creating the monster. She is a reminder that even though he gave his monster life she is still dead. It is possible he feels responsible for her death on some level, and now he's responsible for this monster. Shelly focuses the entire dream on death and those close to Frankenstein. It gives the impression that everyone close to Frankenstein's heart is tainted even his child and creation. In this paragraph Frankenstein is described as being trapped, too scared to venture into his house. Instead he is confined to the courtyard, waiting with wide eyes to escape onto the streets. Shelly describes the morning just as dismally as the night; rain, cold, depressed atmosphere, but the light is growing. Morning arriving is a portrayal of hope. Once Frankenstein is released onto the streets he walks around quickly, with some unknown purpose. His eyes are ringed with sleep, he moves almost erratically, trying to find something and yet avoiding his monster. Shelly shows a paranoid man, running. He's drenched and shivering from cold, on the point of breaking down. The picture is unwelcoming and uncomforting. ...read more.


Instead she describes the holly springtime and plants with buds growing symbolizing new life and a new beginning for Frankenstein. In conclusion, Mary Shelly uses numerous techniques to achieve the right amount of suspense and atmosphere in this chapter. She frequently applies gothic machinery to her descriptions. Shelly distorts the light the increase suspense and consistently describes drab and dreary weather to give an underlying base of gloom. Shelly continuously shows Frankenstein as being terrified, mad with fear yet relentless. His strange behaviour unnerves the reader. Shelly uses longer sentences throughout this chapter to make it appear that the time spent between the reanimation and meeting Cleval even longer. Shelly carefully uses the poem "The Ancient Mariner" (which mirrors the Frankenstein's situation) to cut the tension in the middle of the chapter allowing it to peak then plateau. Shelly moves the reader from the point of view of Frankenstein to the point of an outsider several times, not literally, but by increasing the tension and allowing it to fall, the reader occasionally feels as though they are there with Frankenstein. Shelly does all of this seamlessly, not letting any style or technique stand out and draw away from the seemingly natural flow of the chapter, and still developing the atmosphere terrifically throughout. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Williamson English - 1574 24/10/2005 ...read more.

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