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Significance of Chapter 5 in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Essay

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Comment on Chapter 5’s significance in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Famous writer, Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797. She was the daughter of writer William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Shelley’s mother sadly died while giving birth to her. This was an influence included in the later successful novel ‘Frankenstein’. At 19, she married poet Percy Shelley, who she married in 1816. Together, Mary and Percy had five children, but only one survived past childhood.
This tragedy, along with the early death of her mother influenced Mary
Shelley's theme linking creation with death. She started to write
Frankenstein at the age of 18, completing it in less than a year. She said the idea came to her in a dream, and dreams are…show more content…

The character Frankenstein, for example, watches the
DeLacey family, learning about their way of life and about their past. When he visits Mr DeLacey, he is chased out by the rest if the family because of his grotesque appearance. Another example is when the monster saves a girl from drowning and is attacked once again.
The way he was treated affects his behaviour and attitude towards other people in the rest of the story. He felt rejected, isolated and seeks revenge on the person who created him.

Chapter 5 is a significant part of the novel. Victor discovers the secret of life as the monster is created. There is a lot of tension and anticipation in chapter 4 which makes the reader want to find out more about Victor’s creation. It describes Victor collecting parts to make the monster and creating it. He becomes obsessed with his work isolating himself completely from family and friends, ignoring all attempts at communication. He hopes that the creature will have a positive effect on his life and that it will thank him for being created. However this is not at all what happens in the story, it is the complete opposite. ‘Winter, Spring and Summer Passed away’ shows that he is infatuated with his work. Time has passed so quickly while he has been absorbed in his task. Chapter’s 4 to 6 are written from
Victor’s point of view. In my opinion, I think that these chapters are the most important in the novel. He feels guilty of this terrible

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1. Discuss the role of sickness in the novel. Victor often seems to fall ill after traumatic events. Is this a means of escape, and, if so, is it effective? Is there another explanation for his recurring illness?

2. Do the monster’s eloquence and persuasiveness make it easier for the reader to sympathize with him? Why do you think most film versions of the story present the monster as mute or inarticulate?

3. Trace the similarities between Victor and the monster. Consider their respective relationships with nature, desires for family, and any other important parallels you find. Do Victor and the monster become more similar as the novel goes on? How does their relationship with each other develop?

4. Victor attributes his tragic fate to his relentless search for knowledge. Do you think that this is the true cause of his suffering? In what ways does the novel present knowledge as dangerous and destructive?

5. Examine the role of suspense and foreshadowing throughout the novel. Do you think these devices are effective, or does Victor’s blatant foreshadowing reveal too much? How does foreshadowing differ among the three main narrators (Walton, Victor, and the monster)?

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