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Reread chapters 4 and 5 of Frankenstein. Show how these chapters are to the readers.

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Frankenstein Reread chapters 4 and 5 of Frankenstein. Show how these chapters are to the readers. * Understanding and appreciation of the character of victor Frankenstein. * Appreciation of Mary Shelly's use of setting * Appreciation of Mary Shelly's skills as a writer * Knowledge about life in the early 1800s (19th century) * Understanding of Mary Shelly's purpose in writing the novel. The book Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelly in 1816. The book took one year to complete. This novel was written when Mary Shelly was on her journey in Switzerland. Mary Shelly and her friends wrote a novel to see whose the most terrifying ghost story is. This novel is mainly based on victor Frankenstein the scientist, who had always wanted to create a human. After 2 years of hard work, he had finally finished making the human, but it turned out that victor Frankenstein had created a monster instead of a human. He left it and ran off. When coming back after a few days the monster was nowhere to be found and victor assumed it had gone forever. Victor Frankenstein is the protagonist, the scientist who creates this hideous and ugly monster. He recounts his experience to Robert Walton the person he met on the ship on his journey to Ingolstadt. Victor has two brothers, William and Ernest, no sisters and his father Alphonese Frankenstein; he has a cousin called Elizabeth who later becomes his wife. ...read more.


In order to look at Mary Shelly's skill as a writer I am going to focus on the opening of chapter 5. In particular, I am going to focus on the two bits of the opening of chapter 5 to show how Mary shelly builds up horror by creating a picture in the reader's mind of rain patting on the window. "My candle was burnt out." This emphasises he is alone in a dark room during the creation of the monster. In addition, a candle burnt out brings the image of horror in the readers mind. Usually the places that are scary are places that are dark and the candle burning out tells the reader, the creation is scary and isn't going to be a very pleasant creation. Mary Shelly starts building up tension at the opening of chapter one. She says, "It was on a dreary night of November." She chose this time of the year because it is cold and there is less daylight and more darkness; it is cold and raining during this time of the year, which gives it the effect of horror and shows that it isn't going to be a normal human being. Mary Shelly uses this sentence "it was already one in the morning; the rain patterned dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out. ...read more.


Mary Shelly's purpose might have been to tell the writer through expressions and images that god "god created man in his own image." no matter how hard someone tries to create human it cannot be like gods creations of human beings because god alone has the creation of humans. She is also trying to explore themes of good and evil, beauty and ugly. Victor tries acting like God. "Frightful might it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the creator of the world." Mary shelly suggests to everyone that you should not create anything yourself as you can see victor wasted 2 years to create this monster; and was away from his family, and had no contact with them due to the creation of this human that turned out to be a monster. She is trying to suggest to everyone creating something is not worth the hassle, as the image you imagine can never become reality. This novel is relevant to today because in this century they make living things like test tube babies etc. Victor also tried making a human being back then, but had turned out to be a monster. Nowadays it is easier to create life and it does not take a lot of time to make a living thing, as with victor, he spent 2 years of his life away from his family, alone to make a human being that was a disaster. Frankenstein GCSE coursework page - 1 - ...read more.

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