Frankenstein Essay

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English 253 Frankenstein In pages 58­61 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shelley first introduces the monster. This is an pivotal point in the story. The sense of adventure is heightened because of Shelley’s rich description of the scene, the monster, and Frankenstein’s inner turmoil. Shelley sets the scene with the first paragraph of volume one chapter five. She writes “It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out,...” (58) The candle being almost extinguished shows how long Frankenstein has been working. The monster is seen first in the yellow candle light and again in the dim yellow light of the moon. She describes the light of the moon as yellow which would be unnatural. She uses this description of things as yellow to show a feeling of sickness. When the yellow moon light comes in through the window Shelley describes it as forcing its way in as if light should not fall on the creature. She uses the word dreary to describe the night as events lead to the monster’s awakening. When morning dawns the next day it is recanted by Frankenstein as “dismal and wet.” (60) The weather being retold this way is a reflection of Frankenstein’s emotions at the time. This November night is the beginning of Frankenstein’s emotional winter. As life seems to leave Frankenstein, the monster draws his first breath. In Frankenstein’s recollection Shelley again uses the color yellow to show abhorrence this time in his description of the monster’s features. Frankenstein tells Robert Walton “... I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open…” (58) Shelly also describes the skin of the monster as stretched and yellow which “... scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath…” (58) Shelley contrast the creature’s yellow eyes, skin, and black lips, with his lustrous hair and

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