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Remind yourself of Chapter 4 and the Birth Scene. Mary Shelley's aim was to "Curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart". How does she do this in this section of the novel?

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Introduction

Frankenstein Remind yourself of Chapter 4 and the Birth Scene. Mary Shelley's aim was to "Curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart". How does she do this in this section of the novel? Ever since Frankenstein was born he had an interest in science. He particularly became interested in natural philosophy and chemistry, "From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of term, became nearly my sole occupation." Frankenstein put in a great deal of effort into his science. "My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students. Frankenstein was extremely interested in the structure of the "human frame." His interest in anatomy urged him to create the monster.

Middle

Victor Frankenstein's task was to be a hard and arduous one. All the intricacies of the human body had to be catered for, veins, muscles and all the different organs and parts of the body had to be found and placed in the frame of the monster. Frankenstein had great prospects for the monster he believed it would thank him for bringing him to life, "A new species would bless me as its creator and source." Frankenstein toiled with nature by creating a new species and he became like a God to that new species. He new that he would be the God to this new species and he took advantage of this.

Conclusion

Again Frankenstein describes himself as a God. "Great God." The monsters limbs were all in proportion. "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed only of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips." Mary Shelly uses language that makes the reader scared. "glimmer of the half-extinguished light." Obviously the two chapters themselves are fairly frightening. Frankenstein digging up dead bodies and sewing up the different limbs is frightening enough without the language and style of writing Mary Shelly uses. Alex Rennie 25th January 2004

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