Mary Shelley's Use Of Imagination In Frankenstein

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During a time when European great minds started discovering and learning about new scientific phenomena, Mary Shelley wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces, Frankenstein. Public demonstrations on galvanism, fascinated the world. Imagination will eventually take mankind a few heart beats away from resurrecting the dead, from creating new life. Perhaps Shelley asked herself, what is this era of scientific breakthrough going to lead to? Would new discoveries lead to an apocalypse. Shelley gives her insight through careful descriptive atmosphere and language in chapter V. She bravely shares her fears for society and developments of science, carefully choosing the words and the themes. Shelley creates a dull, dark and dreary mood: this…show more content…
He ‘deprived himself from rest and health,’ in order to spend more time on his work, which he ‘desired with ardour.’ Furthermore, Shelley intentionally uses long sentences to symbolise the excitement of Victor about his work, that he could not stop to take a breath because he wanted to tell it desperately. All of these shows the desperateness Victor feels, which makes the novel more intense. Shelley tells us about the instability of Victor’s mind by using the fragmented syntax, ‘beautiful. Beautiful! — Great God!’ This gives the reader an impression that he’s an unreliable narrator as he might not be telling what he thinks because he is having a mental breakdown. Later on, he hallucinates with the dead, thinking he was kissing Elizabeth that turn into the corpse of her dead mother. We know that Mary Shelley’s mother died of birth, and she might have wanted to put something related to her mother to commemorate her in some way and at the same time to be meaningful. This can be a reflection of Victor’s fear to his research, fearing that his creation will be ‘the miserable monster.’ Despite the contrasting fact that Victor describes his creature with ‘long lustrous black hair’ and with ‘teeth of pearly whiteness,’ but later on he had ‘black lips, yellow skin and watery eyes.’ It is interesting the juxtaposition between ‘black’ lustrous hair and the ‘whiteness’ of his teeth, which can be further evidence for Victor’s alteration in thoughts. Even nowadays we can also see that too much perfection will make you seem like a monster, for example excessive plastic surgery can make you seem like a monster to society. I think that his obsession with his research lead to the constant change of
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