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abz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2009 at 2:35 AM via web

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How is personification used in Frankenstein?

Chapter five specifically. The line "the instruments of life around me." How is this clever?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most powerful forms of personification can be seen when science is seen as a life force, capable of developing and creating life.  Victor's pursuit of laboratory science becomes realized in chapter five.  The "instruments of life" are the basic ideas that help to create life from that which is lifeless.  The use of science is done so in a  personifying one, an element where something that is object based can become animated with life.  Science, especially laboratory science, is personified as being capable of producing life and creating elements that used to belong to the realm of the unexplainable or the divine.  Such power is now granted to science through chapter 5.

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