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

In this passage of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, we uncover a more developed realization of Victor Frankensteins character as he encounters the devastating passing of his mother.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

ENG 3U7 ? BB The Life and Death of Frankenstein: A Commentary on Binary Elements Through Study of Rhetorical Schemes In this passage of Mary Shelley?s Frankenstein, we uncover a more developed realization of Victor Frankenstein?s character as he encounters the devastating passing of his mother. In this pivotal event of the novel, Shelley fully exploits its deep and moving subject by emphasizing the binary that exists throughout the book ? life and death. This contrast is especially elevated through the usage of rhetorical schemes such as imagery, personification and more specific elements such as epistrophe, periphrasis and metaphor. These devices are sewn within the prose to highlight the emotional and literary integrity of this passage. Through this use of literary devices, Shelley effectively brings forth the concept of life and death that acts as an undertone in the development of Frankenstein?s monster through characters like Victor Frankenstein?s mother and Elizabeth. Within this passage, Shelley employs imagery to enhance the descriptions and assertions of life and death, calling death ?the most irreparable evil ? the void that presents itself to the soul.? (Shelley 24) ...read more.

Middle

which corroborates with other phrases found in the text, such as that alluding to death extinguishing one’s life. The reader feels the vacancy associated with these emotions, fully understanding the author’s intention to provoke feelings of dissonance and discomfort by personifying the intangible element of death. Conversely, Elizabeth symbolizes the life of this relationship, having had “vieled her grief” (Shelley 24) to act as a façade to console and pacify those around her. Elizabeth’s character represents life and humanity, posing another refutation to the theme of death. Lastly, Shelley uses specific examples of literary devices to create depth and colour in her prose while reiterating major themes. An example of this would be epistrophe, which is the repetition of a word at the end of successive phrases or clauses to highlight a point. An example of this is seen in Victor’s lament: “Why should I describe a sorrow which all have felt, and must feel?” (Shelley 24) ...read more.

Conclusion

These aspects of the novel reflect Frankenstein?s monster, in its literal personification of creating life without life. Frankenstein?s creation is a hybrid of both life and death, possessing neither the brightness of life nor the desolation of death. However, he exists as though he were alive though his creation was by no means through life. Shelley?s use of personification, vivid imagery and skilled utilization of other literary devices allow these thematic elements to thrive within specific characters such as Elizabeth and Victor Frankenstein?s mother, developing their characters whilst developing that of Frankenstein?s monster. In conclusion, Mary Shelley masterfully crafts a maturation of characters within this passage by employing different literary devices to bring them to life. These characters embody aspects of life and death that are embedded throughout the entire novel. However, in this passage, Shelley?s particular use of imagery, personification and metaphor are all in effort of creating a concept of dualism and polarity that exist within all, binding us together. It may be through this common trait where Frankenstein?s monster is alienated, propelling his significance in the novel forward as a creation of meaninglessness and isolation. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature 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 International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Symbolism in "Two Kinds". In "Two Kinds", Amy Tan uses symbolism to express ...

    she expects herself to instantly know how to play the piano perfectly in just one day and when she does not perfect it, she grows to detest playing. Jing-mei views the piano like a punishment; she is being forced to do something she does not want to do and feels as if she has "been sent to Hell"(Tan 291).

  2. English Oral Commentary- Frankenstein. In this passage in chapter 20, Shelley highlights ...

    This change of tone is also important, because readers can identify anger in the monsters words, fueled by Victor's stubbornness and hatred. The monster's anger can also be observed in the following statement, "Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you."

  1. Coolie Mother by David Dabydeen commentary

    Like Jamaica, Guyana, then British Guiana, was a colony of England where after slavery, East Indians were brought as labourers. They were taken to the Caribbean to work on sugar estates. East Indians were sometimes called 'coolies', a word which, for some, was meant to belittle and show contempt.

  2. Analysis of "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell

    spheres from public to family life and not only being on best behavior towards women. There is the moment in the book where Margaret angrily accuses Thornton of not being a gentleman: He never went on with any subject, but gave little, short, abrupt answers ? with a face that

  1. Symbolism in The Sorrow of War "

    But they aren?t small, they?re as big as mountains.? (Ninh 85) ??Now,? he said, equally clearly, ?I don?t know what to do with the mountain of papers.? He meant his novel. Now that he had written it he had no use for it.

  2. Book Review: Les Misrables by Victor Hugo.

    Cosette was unfortunately abused by them – at the age of 5, she had become the servant of the Thénardier family. Unaware of this situation, Fantine continued to send the sum she promised the Thénardiers and completed all of their demands.

  1. The character of Victor Frankenstein

    He doesn?t write any letters and he?s totally obsessed by his possible scientific breakthrough. At this point he has no real social contacts, except for some of the professors at the university.

  2. Comparative Essay on Mother by Grace Paley and dear mother by Seitlhamo Motsapi

    These words evoke despair and distress, establishing the bitter tone of the poem and lending a feeling of continuity to the poem. The use of repetition to enhance the emotional impact of the central theme is a similarity that links the two otherwise very different texts.

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