How does chapter 5 of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley prepare the reader for what happens in the story?

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In chapter 5, the monster receives life and it literally makes Victor physically sick. Throughout the rest of the book, Victor spends much time contemplating the consequences of his action and suffers intense mental anguish for this creation. The monster is gone by the middle of the chapter and that leaves the reader hanging in suspense about what will become of the monster because there are 21 chapters to go! Henry, Victor Frankenstein's good childhood friend arrives on the scene and in this chapter Victor most worries himself about what will become of his poor friend if the monster finds Henry. Fortunately that never happens in this chapter, but the fear and worry certainly foreshadows the fact that Victor's family and friends will encounter significant consequence because of Victor's action.

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