Literary Techniques Used In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley, author of the novel Frankenstein, is well versed in weaving words together to create a captivating story and incorporating subtle themes into her book. She was able to manipulate the emotions of the audience with her diverse word choice, dragging us into the pace of the book. In this essay I will be analyzing her use of imagery, tone, and main ideas.
Shelley’s use of imagery provides us with a vivid picture of the night when the monster was left on his own. With her use of descriptive words and sentence mechanics, she easily conveys to the reader how the monster felt when he was on his own. To describe the waning of the moon she writes, “Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of the night had greatly lessened, when
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The monster had just experienced being cast out by his creator right after he came to life even though it wasn’t his fault. The quote, “I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness; innumerable sounds rang in my ears, and on all sides various scents saluted me; the only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon, and I fixed my eyes on that with pleasure.”(Shelley 91) shows that the monster had so many hardships he had already gotten used to them, but when he experienced just one good thing, even if it’s just the view of the moon, he becomes completely fixated on it.
To finish, I believe that Mary Shelley is a great author who specializes in using her words to make the audience see the story from the perspectives of all the characters. We are only able to see through the eyes of Victor Frankenstein, but with her tone and imagery it doesn’t feel like we’re limited to one perspective, she has us sympathizing with the monster or fearing him. She can work themes and messages into her story without outright telling the readers. In her novel Frankenstein, she beautifully makes use of imagery, tone, and themes to create what is most likely her finest
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