Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole.

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Look at the significance of chapter five to the novel as a whole. Focus on the relevance and effect of the writer’s language to describe setting, character and what it shows about social and historical influences. Frankenstein is a Victorian novel written in the gothic genre. It is about a man, Victor Frankenstein, giving life to an inanimate being and abandoning it. The monster then seeks revenge and the love of what he believes to be his mother, Frankenstein. The author, Mary Shelley, wrote the book at the age of nineteen but was not able to get the book published at first, as she was a woman. Her husband, Percy Shelley, finally got the book published by an unknown author. It took years for Mary Shelley to officially…show more content…
This shows that he is ashamed and disturbed by his creation and flees. When Frankenstein flees, it leaves the monster with a sense of loneliness and isolation because he considered Frankenstein to be his mother. When the monster is left on its own it is introduced to a world of cruelty as the only person it knows has abandoned it and he is an outcast in society. This shows some of the social influences in the novel as Mary Shelley lost her mother at a very early age and when she ran away with Percy Shelley the fierce public hospitality drove the couple to become social outcasts. The monster was never given a name, which means he has no sense of identity. As the book progresses the monster starts to learn about family. He begins to realise that he had no ‘father that doated on the smiles of the infant’ or a mother with all her life and cares wrapped up in the child. He learns that he has none of the various relationships that bind one human being to another in mutual bonds. This gives the monster a felling of abandonment. The chapter also talks about the horrors of childbirth. The chamber and fluid in which the monster was given the spark of life symbolises the womb. When the monster emerges from the chamber Mary Shelley has given him life like a mother to a child. Mary Shelley then goes on to say that Frankenstein has done one of
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