Show how Shelley's use of language (in Frankenstein) reveals that Victor's dreams have been shattered (when the creature comes to life).

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Mary Shelley uses very dramatic and imagery-laden language to define the shattering of Victor's dreams in her novel Frankenstein. Chapter four of the novel defines Victor's dreams regarding his "son."

A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs.

Typical of the "new parent," Victor's dreams (regarding his son) is that he is able to create a life which would denote him (Victor) as the most gracious being on earth. It is, undeniably, his dream to birth a child who will look up to him, as the father. This dream further developed through Victor's meticulous nature in creating his "son."

After having formed this determination, and having spent some months in successfully collecting and arranging my materials, I began.

To Victor's dismay and horror, his "son" is not what he dreamt of. Instead, the being is large, ugly, and horrifying.

How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how  delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?

Essentially, in the end, the physical attributes of Victor's son shattered his dream. His son was not beautiful; instead, the creature was horridly ugly, inarticulate, and horrifying.


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