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What is the rising action of Frankenstein?

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Similar to the construction of short stories, many novels have the same form. The five parts of the form of a story are the introduction/exposition, rising action, climax, falling action/dénouement, and conclusion/resolution. The introduction identifies the main characters, the setting (time and place), and ends with the introduction of the main conflict. The rising action, therefore, compounds the conflict introduced in the exposition and concludes at the beginning of the climax.

The rising action of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein begins after readers are introduced to the Frankenstein family, Victor's love of science, and his entrance into University. Once at school, Victor's previous obsession with science is compounded. He becomes further obsessed with the idea of reanimating life, secluding himself in his loft/laboratory in order to create life.

Following the creation of his "son," Victor's conflicts compound greatly. During the rising action, Victor must come to terms with what he has forsaken and unleashed upon the world. The rising action, therefore, concludes at the climax (where the creature murders Elizabeth at the end of part two of Victor's story, before the story returns to Walton's letters).

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