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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FRANKESTEIN AND THE CREATURE Gothic novels are written mainly to strike fear in their readers; they also served to show the dark side of human nature. Nature is used often to create atmosphere. It predicts forthcoming events (e.g. the rainstorm on Victor's wedding night foretells something evil is about to occur). A typical gothic tradition is the eerie atmosphere of Frankenstein. Victor, unafraid of the dark, spends his time in vaults and charnel houses. He visits the cemeteries at night, and such details as the creaking doors, the soft blowing of the wind in the still of the night and the quiet footsteps in the house all succeeds as a gothic horror or even a ghost story. Another element is sickness. Throughout Frankenstein, several characters grow sick during periods of extreme stress. Sickness serves as an escape from life's harsh reality. It also seems to foretell horrible future events. Science fiction explores the wonders of discovery and achievement that may result from future developments in science and technology. Mary Shelley, who used some of the most recent technological finding of her time, created Frankenstein. Frankenstein is the story of a man doomed to failure and death for his desire to create a being so destructive, in human form that he cannot control. Victor Frankenstein abandons to take responsibility for his creation, resulting in the murder of his most loved ones as the creature's revenge. Frankenstein is disgraced with his own creation and is unable to predict the drastic effects of giving life to a being that could never be entirely accepted by human society. ...read more.


This also reflects the state of imbalance and chaos in which Victor finds his family. Victor's hatred of the creature reaches an almost hysterical pitch in this chapter, as is indicated by his speech, he refers to his creation as a 'deformity,' a 'wretch,' and a 'filthy demon.' Chapter 9 informs the reader now that Justine was dead Frankenstein was feeling so much guilt he was torturing himself 'and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures'. Frankenstein was calling himself an 'evil spirit', but was also feeling a sense of accomplishment, in that he had created life. . Frankenstein was experiencing mixed feelings through out this chapter. He feels upset that he didn't even want his mind to be at peace. 'Wished peace would revisit my mind only that I might afford them consolation and happiness.' This shows that Frankenstein would rather be tormented by something to keep reminding him of the deaths he had caused them let him forget about them. At this point the only way the he would gain happiness would be to kill the creature that he had created. Chapter 10 to 17 is when we witness Frankenstein meeting the creature. They meet in the icy mountains he was filled with 'rage and horror' when he realised it was the creature, and his first word to him was 'devil'. I think Frankenstein was trying to show that he was the stronger of the two by starting off by saying this. ...read more.


The creature equalled the odds. Events in this chapter have caused Frankenstein to make a thought of killing the creature a reality, and the creature's anger is shown by the death of Elizabeth. Frankenstein shows great courage in trekking all the way to the north to locate the creature and destroy him. This shows the reader how determined and devoted he is to kill the creature. Almost as determined and devoted as when he created it. This gives the reader a feeling of what will happen, the first time he got involved in one big thing it had disastrous effects, will the same happen here? This is when May Shelly produces an atmosphere of rhetorical questions for the reader. The chapters end with Frankenstein telling us, or Walton, how he had reached the boat the story then concludes in a serried of letters, just like the story began. In conclusion I had felt sorry for the creature, throughout the story because he had to go from being something that had been created to something that had to learn to live with humans. Also the creature had only demanded one thing from Frankenstein who had promised him this, but then abruptly changed his mind. Frankenstein should have made more of an effort to see the creature's point of view and how he was feeling. Mary Shelly generates the relationship between the creature and Frankenstein as dramatic and as interesting for a modern reader, because it is similar to a modern relationship between 2 people. There are always ups and downs, lies and promises that are broken. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vimal Arumugam 11P English C/W 18/12/2007 ...read more.

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