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How does Chapter 5 of Frankenstein link to the key themes in the novel?

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Chapter V is where Victor brings the creature to life.  He had worked for nearly two years to make his dream come true, and now that it finally had, he is repulsed.  

The themes include playing God, scientific advancements, parent/child relationships.  Victor has no business attempting to create or bring the dead back to life, yet he has spent two years attempting that very thing.  Once he is successful, he runs from it. ...

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Chapter 5 is crucial in this novel from two points of view: plot and genre of the book. Concerning the plot, this is the chapter where the creationist, Victor, gives life to his creature, in this way, the process of action and reaction begins. 

As about the genre of this book, here we are, facing the first elements which are introducing us in the so called genre: gothic genre. It is enough just to look at these 2 quotations : "It was on a dreary night of November" and then  "the rain pattered dismally against the panes." to realise that we are already in the dark atmosphere which belongs to gothic genre.