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With reference to the extracts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein explain what do you understand about the background to the writing of the novel. What is it about the style of writing that is particularly Gothic and nineteenth century? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was written in age of nineteenth century with relation to the Greek and Roman stories. Frankenstein is a kind of modern horror story. The style of writing that was popular then was based on accurate definitions, describes of things happening in the story.
Stories that were set in Gothic times had characters who were so interesting but unreal. The stories usually were about science, life and people’s beliefs about them. Some of them also tried to describe love. The story of Frankenstein is interesting and, what is more important, is related to writer’s life and his own events, feelings. Mary Shelley wanted to show people how did she feel when something wrong happened. It’s about scientist who, seeing her mother dying during a childbirth, want to create live without any pain of childbirth.
He discovers many kinds of using science to create perfect human. Mary Shelley thought of this story because at the time there were a lot of developments in Science, Medicine and Philosophy. A scientist who experimented with the electricity was Galvani. He was experimenting on animals and corpses. In the story when Frankenstein finishes the monster and releases with horror what he has created we can see all of Mary Shelley’s experience of nineteenth century experiments and her own events. She sets that scene by describing the weather in typically Gothic style: “…
the rain patterned dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light… ” We can guess at the electric current being passed through the monster when she says: “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open: it breathed hard, and a violent convulsion shook its limbs. “. Just this piece shows how great emotions were around when monster became alive. It is just like a corpse and is described by following sentence: “I had worked very hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body …
I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. “. Now we can see that monster creator is really disappointed with results of his hard work to make dead body alive again. The sentences used are a bit long with precious but strong describes which give climax. Used words are usually short but accurate and strong, as is I wrote above. eg. “… His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath… ” These features are modern and makes the scene more realistic with great emotions around.
They also show Frankenstein being disappointed but satisfied at once with his work. Later in the novel Mary Shelley gives the point of view of the monster. She describes his innocence, how he learns and his disappear and anger. When the monster learns about day and night, food, love and the feelings he’s like ‘small child seeing something incredible’. Then he want to become one of humans but he cannot – people do not accept him because of his look. He want to have someone trusted, some one like him.
The monster had difficult way to discover whole human’s live but he did and he become, even if he didn’t look like a human, one of us. He also had father – creator, who spent lot of time making the monster and he finally become loved by him for these things. Mary Shelley had read a lot of modern philosophy. There were two main ways of thinking about how life is created. 1. Some people believed that only God can make new people, make them alive. No one can go and do those thing instead of him 2.
Rest of people (mainly realists and people with no religion) believed that life is made up of bits and pieces of body parts; this was the new science – biology. In writing about Frankenstein’s monster she shows how wrong things can go when man thinks ha can be God or just want to discover something which can help people living. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.