Literary Techniques Used In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein '

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Destiny Marcum Ms. Wilkerson Ap Lit 6th 5 October 2011 Chapters 17-21 In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, on page one hundred twenty one, Chapter 17, in the passage beginning with “Cursed, cursed, creator,” and ending on page one hundred twenty one with, “this insupportable misery,” Mary Shelley uses literary devices to create the different tones of the passage, resembling enraged, wrathful, savage, mocking, insanity, and revenge, in the creature as he finally accepts/declares himself as a monster, who will seek revenge on those who have oppressed him into “insupportable misery.” Throughout the passage Shelley uses frequent punctuation, making the passage go faster, building up suspense and importance, as the creature accepts himself…show more content…
He has become savage, seeking out the woods as a place to cause havoc, venting his “anguish in fearful howlings…like a wild beast,” destroying everything in his pathway with “a stag like swiftness,” as if, destruction was second nature to him. The passage shifts in tone from voracious and wild to cynical and mocking. The creature has become a cynic to everything around him, believing that the metaphorical cold stars are shining just to mock him; trees wave just to patronize him, as well as, the “sweet voice [‘s]” of bird’s, whom breaks the silence and peace that has been wanted. The tone then shifts back to voracious and wild, as the creature restates his love for destruction. This repetition of destruction shows that the creature is no longer of sound mind. The creature being alone for so long and unwanted for so long has made him become hateful to everything. The tone then makes another shift to self pity, as the creature becomes disgusted by himself. He goes back to believing he is human for just a few lines, asking the rhetorical question: “should [he] feel kindness toward [his] enemies?” Then the final shift to vengeance takes place. The creature decides “No” he will not “feel kindness toward [his] enemies,” but instead, declares everlasting war against the species,” the species being mankind and specifically his creator. This passage has many shifts in tone which all eventually lead up to the creature denouncing
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