‘Frankenstein Is as Terrifying Today as It Was When It Was First Published in 1818’ Discuss How Mary Shelly Creates an Effective Narrative in Chapter 5 of Frankenstein and Why the Novel as a Whole Has Fascinated and

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‘Frankenstein is as terrifying today as it was when it was first published in 1818’ Discuss how Mary Shelly creates an effective narrative in chapter 5 of Frankenstein and why the novel as a whole has fascinated and shocked audiences for nearly 200 years. The novel Frankenstein is written by Mary Shelley in 1817 and published in 1818, during the age of Romanticism, it is still popular today as it is full of ideas and warnings, which are relevant to the modern audience. Mary Shelley does this by warning the audience about the dangers of science, the unnerving feeling that this story could still come true shocks and terrifies the reader. Using her own life and society at that time helped Mary Shelley write Frankenstein, for example how society acts toward those who were different and scientists creating experiments on the dead, these will be explored further in this essay. The novel came to be written when Shelley and her husband were visiting their friends, and a bet was made on who could create the best ‘ghost story’, Mary claimed to have a ‘vision’ which gave her inspiration for the story of Frankenstein. Other stories which Mary would of known during her time writing the novel was the story of Prometheus and the story of Adam and Eve. Prometheus was an ancient Greek demigod who stole fire from Zeus, and gave the fire to mankind. Similarities between Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus are they both created life; Prometheus gave to the fire away to mankind, so the people had new lives, and Frankenstein gave life to the monster. Other similarities are they are both tormented. Frankenstein suffers the guilt of creating such an atrocious monster, who kills many of his close relatives, and Prometheus is tortured by the hawk; forced to do the job of moving the boulder to the top of the hill, which then rolls back down. It is said that anything that is

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