Frankenstein Passage Analysis

Frankenstein Passage Analysis

Chapter 5 is a pertinent part of the novel since it marks the commencement of the book written by Mary Shelley. Concerning the section entitled “Life and Background”, the author executed this work during her stay in the region around Lake Geneva.

In this chapter of the novel, Victor had already completed his creation work although with possible regrets. To start with, Mary Sheller makes good use of pathetic fallacy which plays a pivotal role in allowing the readers to develop positive anticipations. “It was on the dreary night of November that l beheld the accomplishment of my toils” (Shelley 43). From the passage its crystal clear that the author is striving to construct a chilling atmosphere with the primary objective of orienting the readers about the possibility that an abominable event will happen. The aim is made clear from the perspective depicting that this scene is mainly set during November associated with darkness, coldness and winter. In that respect, Mary Shelley creates a Gothic foundation for the remaining part of the chapter (Britton and Jeanne 18). Additionally, the gravity of the climax is fueled when the creature eventually comes to life.


Victor is presented by the author to hold on to mixed-feelings concerning his achievements. Victor addresses the living creature as an “accomplishment” which presents a possible suggestion that he realized the achievement his objective of creating life from death. Nevertheless, Victors still acknowledge what he had done is wrongly depicted by calling his creative activities “toils”. Normally the word is applied in the definition of events that are troublesome. From the description of the monster’s feature (grotesque), Gothic elements are found. Also, the elements can also be extracted from psychic Communication (when Victor felt that he had been followed) and the eerie environment and situation (when Victor in the lab at 1 a.m.). As the monster begins to take shape, Victor used full details to describe his creation such as “beautiful” yet repulsed with his “flowing and lustrous” hair and “yellow skin” descriptions. Frankenstein Passage Analysis

The author also applies words with negative connotations at the beginning of the chapter with the purpose of developing dark atmosphere or mood (Philips and Bill 63). Shelley employs words such as agony, anxiety—which are extremely negative words describing the emotional state of Victor: Victor is neither “eager” nor “excited” or anything else in the sense of positive connotation. Even before Victors creation comes to life, he seemed to suffer badly constantly. Besides, the process is described by Victor as Convulsions and agitation connoting disturbance, corruption and dread. Shelley apply characterization: “My dear Victor, what for god’s sake, is the matter? Do not laugh…” (Shelley 43), showing he is worried about Victor so much, protective and caring about his friends. “How can describe My emotion at this catastrophe……” (Shelley 43), shows the begging of regrets about his actions.


The overall message of the author is that all actions have impact and consequences. “But l was in reality very ill, and surely nothing but unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend could restore me to life (Shelley 43).” Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with his creative life. He will experience the consequences of creating life to an extent of endangering him.

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