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Pathetic Fallacy

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Sarmad Khan

on 7 December 2012

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Transcript of Pathetic Fallacy

Pathetic
Fallacy in Frankenstein The pathetic fallacy is the
treatment of inanimate
objects as if they had
human feelings,
thoughts, or sensations. Shelley creates a very dramatic atmosphere by using pathetic fallacy to set the mood of the chapter by using the weather as a powerful tool to mimic how Frankenstein is feeling. For instance "It was a dreary night in November" and also "Morning, dismal and wet" makes us feel the depressed mood of the opening paragraph. Why is it useful to add Pathetic Fallacy to a story? In the first paragraph, Mary Shelley creates a dark atmosphere and creates tension by using pathetic fallacy by describing the weather and time of night.
She uses the phrase ''dreary night of November'', this builds suspense for the reader as it gives the hint that an event is about to occur, as most horrific events occur in the middle of the night. Examples of the use of Pathetic Fallacy in Frankenstein "Autumn passed thus. I saw, with surprise and grief, the leaves decay and fall, and nature again assume the barren and bleak appearance it had worn when I first beheld the woods and the lovely moon."
Victor also says, “by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light”. Some more Examples Victor tells us that he had created the creature “with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form”.


Victor tells us that he had “selected his features as beautiful.” Later Stating his description up with “Beautiful! -- Great God!”. Frankenstein's Monster's
Description Victor's feelings are shown by mentioning the “dim and yellow light of the moon”.

When Victor once again sees the creature, the creature “muttered some articulate sounds”, once again reminding us that the creature is inhuman and incapable of human speech or social interaction The Use of Pathetic Fallacy with Victor Frankenstein Thank you for listening to a Wonderful Person!
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