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Frankenstein Chapter 5

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Transcript of Frankenstein Chapter 5

"It was a dreary night in November"
PATHETIC Fallacy to emphasise the emotional state of both the persona and the plot.
ALLITERATION and OPEN VOWEL SOUNDS produce a rhythm and slow moving pace as we linger over the words.
'With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony..."
Establishing the Gothic Setting
Perceptions of nature
The Creature comes to life
"By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, i saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; t breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs." (p.59) PARALLEL between the natural phenomenon and human nature. This COMPARISON ALLUDES to the perversion of nature by scientific processes; hence the ugliness of the creature.
The Promethean Phenomenon
'That I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet."


Can you expand and link an effect on the reader?
The monster comes to life

Frankenstein Chapter 5
"the rain pattered dismally..."
What is the significance of the linguistic technique of PATHETIC FALLACY for the communication of meaning in the establishment of the Gothic setting?
Victor's response
Consider the quality and constructedness of the langauge

"His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! -- Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his
watery eyes
, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun
white sockets
in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips."
Notice the EYE MOTIF
Victor runs from his Creation...
Horrified, he escapes and dreams of Elizabeth's death.
Can you create links to Blade Runner here?
yellow colour
" By the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch- the miserable monster whom i had created..."

"...his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down stairs."

*What is the ethical
A newborn child
Spitting venom turmoil
Emotional state evoked through language
ngled with this horror, I felt the b
of d
; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me; and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete!

What is the significance of the references to the Romantic poem?

ALLUDES to the difficulties that arise when humanity is at odds with nature. By default, humanity is at odds with itself.

"Like one who, on a lonely road,
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And, having once turned round, walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread." *
Intertextuality" 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'
A bit of a commentary

Chapter five : in this chapter, we arrive at a climax of horror as Victor describes the moment he has anticipated with increasing anxiety for two years. In much the same manner as the mythic Prometheus animates the man he formed from clay, Victor finally animates the creature he has constructed out of the fragments of corpses, using the 'SPARK" of life. While Shelley is not clear about how this is accomplished, her description of Darwin's experiments in the 1831 edition along with Victor's early interests, encourages us to deduce that the SPARK of life for this modern Prometheus is not fire but electricity: this would certainly fit with the novel's general concern with contemporary scientific developments.
A Birth Myth?
To the reader, the description of the monster seems full of pathos. He tries to communicate, muttering ;inarticulate' sounds as he grins at his creator. The first things he desires are contact and affection, and these remain his primary (unmet) needs, He stretches out his arm towards Victor. This could be a PARODY of Michalangelo's The Creation of man in the Sistine chapel, suggesting and ANALOGY between Victor and God and the monster and Adam, and anticipating the many ALLUSIONS to Milton's Paradise Lost.
Discuss the juxtapositions between Victor's vision of the monster and his dreams.
Is bringing the monster to life equivalent to killing Elizabeth>
consider the fact that Victor has just given birth by himself and has thus circumvented the normal channels of procreation, usurping the role of women.
Has he killed the mother?
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