• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Novel Frankenstein is as relevant and terrifying today as it was when it was first published" Explain How Mary Shelley makes her narrative effective and why it has fascinated and shocked audiences for nearly 190 years.

Extracts from this document...


"The Novel Frankenstein is as relevant and terrifying today as it was when it was first published" Explain How Mary Shelley makes her narrative effective and why it has fascinated and shocked audiences for nearly 190 years. 'Frankenstein' is one of the most well known gothic horror stories. 'Frankenstein' is set in the seventeen hundreds and was written by Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley wrote the book in 1816 and 'Frankenstein' was first published in 1818. Mary Shelley blends gothic horror and romance which makes this novel world-famous and so successful. The novel has also been so successful because of the effective narrative Mary Shelley uses to shock and fascinate her readers. Such as the use of a lot of very detailed descriptive language and the use of three narrators to get different emotions and feelings to the reader. During the nineteenth century, electricity was a relatively new invention. This meant that many scientists were testing the use of electricity with the body. Scientists thought that Electricity could bring a dead person back to life. Erasmus Darwin suggested that this was possible. Mary Shelley was aware of a process called galvanism and a scientist named Luigi Galvani who had discovered that electricity flowed through nerves meaning that when electricity was placed in certain places on a dead body or animal if would move and look like it was alive. ...read more.


This sentence also sets the scene very well as it shows it was dark and gloomy, which is perfect in getting the reader in the mood for the chapter. Also Mary Shelley sets the scene by giving the reader a very clear image. This is shown by when it says 'the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out'. This gives the reader a very creepy image and is a very good way to set the scene for bringing a monster to life. During chapter five we see Mary Shelley use many powerful adjectives and descriptions that make the chapter very detailed. These detailed descriptions and excellent writing skills are used all throughout the book, as they are what has made the book popular for nearly 190 years, but they our used more than often in chapter five. These descriptions are what have made Mary Shelley's narrative effective as they keep the reader interested in the book. These long and detailed descriptions are what have horrified readers as because it is so detailed, it makes the novel seem more real. They show the reader what the characters look like, such as these descriptions are what make the monster seem very real in chapter five and make the readers scared. The description of the monster is what makes this chapter, one of the most important in the novel and why it has horrified many readers. ...read more.


elixir of life, but he was also doing it so no one else would have to feel the pain he felt when his mother died and he also has a desire to bring his mother back to life. This makes the reader feel sad as he just ruins his life by creating the monster all because he loved his mother so much. This desire to bring his mother back from the dead would have shadowed his mind of what he really was doing and what the terrible consequences were, until he saw the end product and it was to late. This book just always gives you a feeling that you want to help Victor because all throughout the book it is just more misery, and then even more misery. Frankenstein is a very powerful book. It has been popular for nearly 190 years due to the many questions it raises about various topics. It questions religion and the very beliefs many people would have relied on in 1818. The book delivers many messages, with most of them being a warning to the scientists of the time messing around with trying to bring back a dead human being. It also delivers lots of more messages relevant to our times such as don't judge a person by looks and accept people who are misfits. It a very well written ad has kept many audiences entertained over all the years. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Novel Frankenstein is as relevant and as terrifying today as it was when ...

    4 star(s)

    During their stay, she was an attentive listener of a recurrent theme of Byron and Shelley's conversations: "the principle of life and whether it would be any probability of ever being discovered and communicated". These thoughts dominated her mind, and she imagined a creature manufactured and made of dead body.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How does Mary Shelley make the description of the monster waking in chapter five ...

    3 star(s)

    the reader into the story and almost makes the reader seem apprehensive of the monster. Frankenstein hated the monster, and everything to do with the experiment, for example "dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me".

  1. Peer reviewed

    Frankenstein has been described as a 'novel of the Gothic genre' do you feel ...

    4 star(s)

    Shelley would have read these books as she was growing up so the monster could be a metaphor for herself and her feelings as she matured, which would explain why she does not give it solely evil intentions on destruction.

  2. What is the importance of the Creatures Narrative to the Novel?

    The creature found himself tormented by hunger, thirst, and bodily pain. However, he was consoled by the light of the moon and felt comforted by the birdsong. Un fortunately, when he attempted to imitate it, he found the sound of his own voice less melodious and frightened himself into silence.

  1. In Frankenstein How Does The Use Of Three Narrators Affect The Reader's Response To ...

    Isolation has left him to dwell on jealousy and despair and it is this, which leads him to destroy Victor. These themes are emphasised by the use of three different narrators and increase the reader's understanding of them. In the novel Frankenstein, events don't happen Chronologically.

  2. The novel Frankenstein is written by Mary Shelley in 1818 it is still popular ...

    This is in reaction to his mother's death. Chapter 4 also generates a dark, unpleasant atmosphere. The reader knows this by, "horrors of my secret toil," this quote means, worn is horrible. This makes the reader feel afraid and leaves the question, ' what is he doing?' in their mind.

  1. Discuss Chapter four of 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley and relate it to the wider ...

    This is confirmed when Frankenstein "grasps his hand." Whereas, he turned away from the monster rather than holding his hand like he does with Clerval. The remainder of the chapter tells us about Victor's illness and recovery, which is due to his mental state after the monster's creation.

  2. Is Chapter Five Particularly Significant to the Novel Frankenstein?

    And why? He hadn't explained his problem fully to the old man. He dillied. He dallied. And in the end he lost out. He gave a great introduction to his speech, but circumstances stopped him from reaching the res. Finding himself once more friendless and in the cold he starts out upon his mad quest for friendship and revenge.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work