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How Mary Shelley Influences the Readers Reaction to the Creature
When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, it was the birth of a new genre â€“ the creation of a being, sci-fi at its earliest.
Frankensteinâ€™s creature, the concept way ahead of its time but a terrifying thought to its first audiences.
In the following pages I will be discussing how Mary Shelley
influences the readers reaction to the creature, I will be viewing the
context of her writing, the way she portrays her view of what it means
to be human, the anticipation of the creatureâ€™s coming to life, and
the language Walton and Frankenstein use to describe the creature.
In Waltonâ€™s first letter, after he sees the creature, he describes it
as â€˜the shape of a manâ€¦ but of apparently gigantic statureâ€™ At first
Walton doesnâ€™t know what he saw but thinks the creature is a local and
the crew is intrigued that there, out in the ice deserts, man has
strayed. Through Waltons enquiring nature, Shelley encourages
curiosity in the reader, and Waltons encounter with the creature
â€˜excites our unqualified wonderâ€™.
When Frankenstein first describes the creature, he describes it not as
a mother would her newborn baby, but with horror and disgust, he
describes its waking moments and its appearance, with and abhorrent
attitude, and as soon as the creature awoke, Frankenstein, with a
mixture of fright and disgust ran to his bedroom. When Shelley first
describes the creatures coming to life, it gives the reader a feeling
of both anticipation and anxiety, the detailed and emotive language of
the description draws the reader in and captures their imagination.
Frankensteinâ€™s first description of the creature,
â€œâ€¦ His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and
arteries beneath; his hair was a lustrous black and flowing, â€¦ but
these luxurianceâ€™s only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery
eyes that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white socket in
which they were setâ€
The adjectives Shelley uses to describe the creature are visual
allowing the reader to visualise the creature as Shelley portrays. The
use of rich, textural language animates the creature in the readers
mind, such as â€˜his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles
and arteries beneathâ€™, and â€˜his hair was of lustrous black, and
flowingâ€™. Shelleyâ€™s use of the words â€œhorrible contrastâ€ give the
reader the opinion that the creature is too â€˜horribleâ€™ and thus
Shelley imposes an opinion on the reader.
Before the creature awakes, Shelley has already created an
anticipation in the readers, when Frankenstein goes grave hunting and
when he is first up in his room where he assembles the creature,
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