Emotional Conflict In Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley uses many language devices to portray conflict in the novel Frankenstein. In chapter 5, Mary Shelley uses alliteration to convey to the reader the emotional conflict the monster is forced to face. Victor finally finishes his creation and observes its appearance: “I beheld the wretch -- the miserable monster who I created”. This suggests to the reader that Victor is not pleased with his creation as he calls him a “monster”; the word “monster” makes the reader visualize a horrendous, spine-chilling, eerie creation creating a dark ambience. Furthermore, the author uses feelings to describe the monster. The adjective “miserable” manifests to the reader that the monster is also unhappy, just like Victor. This foreshadows later events…show more content…
In chapter 10, the monster finally finds Victor and confronts him, Victor responds to this by saying:”begone, vile insect”. The imperative “begone” suggests to the reader that Victor is alarmed and frightening by the arrival of the monster as he abandoned him. The commanding word “begone” also suggests to the reader that Victor is the one in power as he is commanding the monster. Moreover, Victor is insulting the monster verbally as he refers to him as a “vile insect”. This could cause conflict between the creator and the created as Victor is repeatedly insulting the monster. In addition, Victor rejects the Monster immediately after its creation; he calls it a 'wretch' and leaves it to fend for itself. This shows how irresponsible Victor is as he abandons his responsibilities. It is also another example of him neglecting his family, since the Monster sees him as its father. This creates conflict between the monster and Victor as the monster soon begins to hate him for abandoning him. Furthermore, in chapter 16 we see conflict between the creator and the created again: “you belong to my enemy—to him I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim”. The monster’s anger towards his creator is channelled into revenge as he kills his brother. Shelley uses the language device direct address to depict this. The pronoun “you” is repeated, this makes the reader
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