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The Significance of Chapter 5 in the Gothic Horror Novel 'Frankenstein'

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Significance of chapter 5 in the Gothic Horror novel 'Frankenstein' 'Frankenstein', is a gothic horror novel written in published in the year of 1818 by the then teenaged Mary Shelley. The basic plot is that, a university student, obsessed with the idea of 'life after death' creates a monster which in revenge starts to kill its creator's (Victor Frankenstein) family. The book has very strong social context, it is set in 19th century and during the scientific and technologic advances in modern day life, the novel may convey a secret message to show that technology, while sometimes good, may be something to be wary of if taken to a certain extent. Some could say, that 'Frankenstein' is an allegory of the creation story in the book of Genesis, in which God creates the first two beings Adam and Eve this brings up the theme of playing God, where Victor is God and the monster is Adam or Eve. Chapter five is a crucial and big moment, not in the sense of its length, but the impact it has on the novel. ...read more.


"I saw Elizabeth in the bloom of health" "I held the corpse of my dead mother". Victor had devoted himself to his work, deprived and isolated himself from his family and friends that the only way he could be with them was in his mind. He has nightmares of Elizabeth and his dead mother. This shows that there was a very close bond between him and his family before he left, to pursue his studies. Victor abandons his creation, telling us more about his character. "I took refuge in the courtyard". Upon rejecting the monster, we learn how irresponsible and egotistical Victor is. It is almost as if him neglecting another member of his family, as the monster sees Victor as its father. Victor's actions throughout chapter 5 show us how much he longed for his friends and family. This is shown, when he meets his friend Clerval "Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval". Victor had cut of almost all connection with his friends and family. But meeting with his dear friend, reassured him that he need not rely on a monster. ...read more.


The key themes of the novel include: Playing God, prejudice, life after death and ambition. Chapter 5 links almost all of these together. Victor had instantly judged his creation upon its appearance and not its personality. He refers to it as an "accident of life" "disgust filled my heart". He is "possessed with joy" when he finds out the monster has left his apartment in which Victor resided. This links the novel to the theme of prejudice in which Victor had judged before he knew. Victor had the ambition of creating life from the dead and had "worked hard for nearly two years" he had also "deprived me of rest and health". He had dedicated so much for the sole purpose of playing God, and creating life from dead body parts. This links the novel to the theme of ambition. Reading Frankenstein gives the reader a better understanding of 19th century writing. The complex sentence structure, show what was expected of a reader during those times. By also looking at the various themes, it suggests that the 19th century was filled with the God vs. Man debate. Another thing it has done is shown me what to expect in other gothic horror novels. ?? ?? ?? ?? Denzel 10Y ...read more.

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