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significance of chapter 5- frankeinstein

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Look at the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of writer's use of language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. The novel Frankenstein was created by a woman named Mary Shelley. She made up the tale when telling ghost stories with her family, who later told her she should publish the story because it was good. She officially published her story in 1831. 'Frankenstein' or 'The Morden Prometheus' is about a young student - Victor, who discovers the secret of creating a new life, and by gathering body parts he creates a monster who promises revenge on his creator after being rejected from society. In the novel, chapter 5 is seen as the key chapter for the reason that this is where the real story about revenge and consequence begins. We are brought to the place where the creation is created and is first described "his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath"(1); with fear Victor runs away from his apartment leaving the 'monster' alone and abandoned- this portraying the theme of bad parenting. ...read more.


People were deeply religious; and also the suggestion that man can posses the same powers as God was shocking and immoral to the church. Victor Frankenstein had stolen dead bodies from a graveyard, and the church thought this was disrespectful. Although the 'monster' was created by human parts; society judged him because he was different. They judged him from what they saw on the outside rather that the inside appearance. In the gothic era, people who did not follow the code of being standard where immediately hated by the crowd and banned for the reason of being different. When the creation was deserted he wondered in to town, but he "had hardly placed [his] foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted"(4). From that moment on he realized that people did not like his appearance and hated him because of it. Society had rejected him. The novel as a whole was linked to the everyday life of Mary Shelly and what happened in society around her. She came up with the idea of 'Frankenstein' in a time of wonder. Shelly- after losing her babies, wondered whether you could bring the dead back to life or rather create a new being. ...read more.


Reading the novel is educational and teaches alot, similar to how the 19th century life was different from the life we live in now. This brings up the question 'would the creature be treated differently if it had been created now?' The whole novel is based on a 'what if' bases and is also important for considering when it was written and the ethics behind it. This is revealed by the way Shelly uses language for contrast. The characters in the novel are more on the tow dimensional type of characters. These characters are built around a single idea or quality and are not described in a great detail. Their main role is usually to contrast or support the main characters. In 'Frankenstein', the only three dimensional characters are victor and his creation. These are the characters that are described in great dept. chapter 5 raises the questions that are later on answered in the novel and the story of 'Frankenstein' explains how different Mary Shelly's time was from ours. 1 (1)- Book- Frankenstein/ the modern Protheus. Author- Mary Shelly Published-1993 by worldworth edition limited Chapter 5 page 30 (2) -Chapter 5 page 1 (3) -Chapter 5 page 37 (4)- Chapter 11 page 57 (5)- Chapter 5 page 56 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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