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What do you think is the significance of Frankenstein's dream about Elizabeth in chapter 5 of Frankenstein?

The significance of Frankenstein's dream about Elizabeth in chapter 5 of Frankenstein is that it evokes the past tragedy of his mother's death and foreshadows the future tragedy of Elizabeth's death.

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In chapter 5 of Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Victor Frankenstein has a dream about Elizabeth that touches upon a former tragedy and foreshadows a greater tragedy to come. Before he falls asleep that night, he is recovering from the success of the "catastrophe" of bringing the creature to life.

I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished... breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.

Victor throws himself on his bed still fully clothed, and in time he falls asleep but is troubled by wild dreams.

At first, Victor's dream is pleasant. He dreamed about Elizabeth, his bride-to-be. She is "in the bloom of health," walking in the streets of Ingolstadt. Victor is delighted and surprised to see her. He hurries to embrace her, but as he kisses her, she turns into a corpse in his...

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