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The significance of chapter five in Mary Shellys Frankenstein

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The significance of chapter five in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein The novel began its life in a ghost story competition, which developed into the writing of Frankenstein. Frankenstein was written by Mary shelly in the 1818's, Frankenstein is more relevant to Mary Shelley's life as when Mary was born her mother died shortly after giving birth to her. She interprets this into her novel through the character victor Frankenstein, as Frankenstein's mother dyed giving birth to William, Frankenstein brother. She often shows her own feelings through her characters. In 1816 when Shelley began the novel, science was just in its infancy and religious people didn't like the thought of people interfering with nature they thought if something happened it happened for a reason and should be changed. Shelley considers this theme in detail in the novel, beginning with the creation of the monster in Chapter five. In chapter five when the monster is created, this is a crucial point in the novel, because before the monster was created it wasn't a gothic ...read more.

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Mary Shelley also describes the monster as 'indescribable' and even going to on to say 'Even Dante could not have conceived' by saying this Shelley is indicating the appearance of the monster is so gruesome even someone who wrote something as shocking as Danto's inferno could not endure. Victor Frankenstein was introduced as a caring, kind, intelligent family man in the previous chapters; he gradually becomes more and more preoccupied with science and his own ambition. However, in Chapter five, once he has brought his creature to life he becomes a self absorbed, selfish man, who does not consider the feelings and emotions of the monster he is responsible for. "Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber" by running out like he did he shows he has become selfish as he has just abandoned it without a second thought for it. ...read more.

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Chapter five is the most crucial chapter in Frankenstein. As when the monster is brought to life this is where Mary shelly can express's her feeling through her characters. Shelly refers to Danto's inferno as she can describe the monster by relating to Danto because he wrote about the most ghastly, gruesome thing and she refers to the monster that even he couldn't handle to look at it. In Frankenstein shelly explores many themes she explores science versus religion and nature versus nurture, she explores science versus religion as when Frankenstein creates the monster he is messing with science and religious people didn't like the fact he was trying to play god. She also explores nature versus nurture because when he abandons the monster the it doesn't get nurture from Frankenstein and feels abandoned by society just because of the way he looks, so it gets revenge and this is the nature. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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