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With Reference to chapter five in Frankenstein explore how Shelley presents Victor and the Monster.

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Scott Thorpe English Coursework With Reference to chapter five in Frankenstein explore how Shelley presents Victor and the Monster For the purpose of this essay, I shall explore the way Shelley uses language, and analyse the novels form and structure and give a personal response which will include some commentary about the novel in terms of its social/historical and literature context. Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley was born in London in the year 1797. Her mother also known as Mary Wollstonecroft died 10 days before giving birth to Mary Shelley due to fever. In her childhood Mary Shelley was left to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual circle. At around the age of 15 Mary was sent to live in Dundee, where she married a man called Percy at 19 years of age, and this was 9 years on from Mary Shelley publishing her first poem. ...read more.


The full title of Mary Shelley's novel is Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus and the influence of the myth of Prometheus as described by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus in his tragedy Prometheus Bound may be noted. Victor Frankenstein a young Swiss boy who grows up fascinated by science in a place called Geneva reading the works of the ancient and out dated alchemists, a background that serves him ill when he attends the University of Ingolstadt. He learns about modern science and, within a few years masters all that his professors have to teach him. At the start of chapter five Mary Shelley builds up a lot of tension when Victor has nearly completed his creation of life. For example Shelley writes "I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a violent conclusion shook its limbs." ...read more.


This emphasises how Victor is distraught by the results of all his efforts. Although torn by remorsefulness, Victor disappeared. "Which had that night been my asylum, and I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps." This clearly shows that Victor wanted to be as far away as possible from his creation, and when Victor expresses himself by saying "I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited." Clearly dictates that Victor was embarrassed and panic stricken of peoples reactions to his creation. Victor's enactment at the creation of the monster was a collective combination of old body parts and bizarre, mystifying chemicals. The monster eight feet tall standing, is an unbelievable almighty force but had a brain of a new born baby. The monster is an orphan, discarded and befuddled. As he tried to make his way into society the monster was bullied and excluded, this was hard for the monster until one day he saw his obscene ashen reflection, and from then on he realised why people were afraid of being close to him. ...read more.

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