Frankenstein - Chapter 4
In Chapter 4 of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, chemistry, anatomy, and all types of science are a direct result of everything and how the world around us works.
In Chapter 4 there is a lot of talking about Victor’s love and desire for science, which makes this the most important chapter of the book because science is what was needed to create the monster.
“...a churchyard...tackle of bodies deprived of life...beauty and strength...” Page 38. This use of juxtaposition shows basically the difference between life and death. By using the words “churchyard..beauty and strength...” it puts a positive connotation, however that is then juxtaposed with the negative connotation of the dead bodies. Mary Shelley uses this to show the readers that Victor has a tough time between wanting the life, but at the same side he wants the darkness.
“No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success.” Page 40. Victor’s feeling of his own success is so powerful and overwhelming that they are described as a hurricane. This simile is important because it shows on how arrogant he was and how he wanted to have control over everything like the natural disaster of a hurricane. Mary Shelley chose this simile because she knew the readers know about the destruction a hurricane can leave behind. She used this to foreshadow that even with Victor’s success, his creation can lead to destruction, which was the opposite of what he hoped.
“Life and death appeared to my ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source.” Page 40. This quote also shows the importance of both life and death. This is a metaphor stating that his creation would become Victor’s new creator and source in everything. This is a negative connotation because the death is equal to the dark. However the...
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