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
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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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