In reference to the question, "What is the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole?" how can I write/start an Introduction to Frankenstein?I have to refer to the main question I am...

In reference to the question, "What is the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole?" how can I write/start an Introduction to Frankenstein?

I have to refer to the main question I am answering, which is, "What is the significance of Chapter 5 to the novel as a whole?"

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's alive!

In Chapter 5, the monster comes alive. This is an important turning point in the novel because until now, the monster was kind of a "theory"--something that Victor thought he could mess around with, as a type of scienific experiment, but when the monster comes alive, it is the beginning and the end for both Victor and the monster. This chapter also completely changes the tone of the novel. Up until now, there has been a lot of foreshadowing but after this point, the novel truly becomes a gothic tale. The monster is symbolic of Victor's pride. Pride, when left unchecked, becomes a monster that destroys us, and this truly happens with Victor. He has played God but he is not God, and the results are catastrophic. So, I would focus on this for my essay. There are some very descriptive parts that describe the monster's physical characteristics, so perhaps you could start out with that--and create a bit of horror yourself in your essay. For example:

It's alive! Its yellow eye opened, its contorted mouth sighed and its hideous body convulsed. Victor had succeeded, but at what cost?
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