Frankenstein becomes fixated about discovering the ‘principle of life’, ‘No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane in the first enthusiasm of successes’. Shelley describes his determination ‘like a hurricane’ which implies and hints that the hurricane and the obsession will ‘spin out of control’ destroying everything. Mary Shelley also describes his arrogance; ‘A new species would bless me as its creator and source’. Victor implies that his creation would treat him like god. Mary Shelley includes this because it gives another, more evil, motive to create the creature.
Sympathy of his mother’s death, from the reader, has now turned in to disgust as he creates the monster, this might be why she includes negative language. This might suggest that she thinks the ideas behind galvanism are immoral and against god. Gothic features and an ominous setting are some of the things that make Chapter five famous as Victor’s obsession is coming to an end and the creature is coming to life. Originally, the novel started with this chapter but the first four chapters were later added to add more depth.
Shelley describes the setting before the monster awakes as ‘dreary’ and using negative language to suggest Victor’s actions are frightening and is not good. ‘The rain pattered dismally against the panes and my candle was nearly burnt out’ this creates a ‘dismal’ atmosphere using gothic language and pathetic fallacy this effect gives a negative vibe about the resurrection of the creature and to create negative ominous imagery. Shelley uses a contrast of positive and negative adjectives to maybe hint that the creature is not all bad and suggests that he does some good actions.
She describes him as ‘His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness;’ this quote shows that Victor had good intentions when planning the creature but his appearance looks dead. Even though she does use positive describing words the quantity is a great deal less to show that Shelley wants the event of the creature coming to life as negative and this is the general impression to the reader.
As the creature awakes, Victor ‘saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated his limbs. ‘ The words ‘dull’ and ‘yellow’ suggest something not humane about the creature and ‘agitated’ almost suggests that straight away the creature is not happy about being alive or brought back to life. Victor’s reaction to the creature is not one that is positive when he says ‘How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?
‘ this rhetorical question expresses his disbelief and disappointment with his experiment. Mary Shelley used the word ‘catastrophe’ to make Victor over react with the turning event and ‘how delineate the wretches whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? ‘ shows he regrets creating this thing and he’s speechless at the results. Frankenstein becomes desperate to forget and get out of the frightening situation.
We know this because of the language used by Mary Shelley; “endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness” this shows that Victor wants escape this shows which portrays fear. Victor also feels subconsciously guilty as he sleeps, dreams; he dreams about Elizabeth and his mother: ‘I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt. Delighted and surprised, I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death;’ this premonition shows that he is does not want his family dragged in to his problem.
It has also been added to suggest the future events. Mary Shelley uses pathetic fallacy when it says ‘by the dim and yellow light of the moon’ Shelley has used the words ‘yellow’ and ‘dim’ to associate negative language to the monster as he appears. She also uses the negative language to sympathise with Victor at this point. As the ‘dreary night’ passes Cleveral looks after Victor after falling ill, where he receives a letter from Elizabeth. Worried; she tells him that she wants to come to visit him and his father is asking about him.
‘I figure to myself that the task of attending on your sick bed has devolved on some mercenary old nurse,’ and ‘Your father’s health is vigorous, and he asks but to see you — but to be assured that you are well’ these quotes give the impression of a caring family which makes the creature more monstrous for destroying it with the acts he is about to commit. In Chapter 7, Victor receives a letter from his father to hear that William had gone missing, then found dead; ‘”Poor William! Dear lovely child, he now sleeps with his angel mother!
“‘ this makes the reader sympathise with Victor and makes us perceive the creature as villainous. It also describes William as innocent and victimized when Shelley uses positive adjectives. When Mary Shelley writes “To die so miserably; to feel the murderer’s grasp. How much more a murderer, that could destroy such radiant innocence! ” She includes this to show Victor is morning and the words ‘grasp’ suggests that he might have been strangled and that Victor is guilty about the upcoming events.
On the arrival at the family house, Victor hears that Justine has been arrested and accused of William’s murder. After making a confession, she’s found guilty therefore has the penalty of death. ‘”Justine Moritz! Poor, poor girl, is she the accused? But it is wrongfully; every one knows that; no one believes it, surely”‘ Victor’s reaction is disbelief this shows he fear and that he knows that the creature is responsible for William’s and now Justine’s death. Frankenstein meets with his creation where he tells him about his life after he left on the ‘dreary night’.
As he meets and sees his creation, Dr Frankenstein describes him as ‘combined with disdain and malignity’ and ‘too horrible for human eyes’ this provides the evil image of the creature that has been continued throughout until the creature speaks. The contradicting imagery that Mary Shelley creates when the creation speaks is that of a pleasant image; ‘All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.
‘ This makes the reader sympathise with the creature because he says that he’s unhappy and hated. It also contradict the image of the creature that the reader has because it give humane qualities to him and show he has emotions and not just a pure hot-blooded murderer. As Frankenstein’s creature tells his story: the readers first impression is almost child like and discovering the world; ‘A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt, at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses.
‘ This makes the reader sympathise with him. Overall Frankenstein’s creature is portrayed as someone murdering and acting monstrous because of how he was treated, victimized. My personal opinion this gives an emotionally complicated character and although his actions shouldn’t be dismissed the overall impression of this is don’t tamper with the forces of god.