How does Mary Shelley use language to influence our views of Victor and the Monster?
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I think that this is a question that you could address in a number of ways. Firstly, Mary Shelley often uses a technique known as "pathetic fallacy", which means that the natural landscape and objects (birds, trees etc) to reflect the emotions of a particular character or to reflect something concerning a theme.A good example of this is when Victor first brings his creation to life during a violent electrical storm. The creature develops a deep empathy and understanding of the natural landscape around him, his moods are often reflected in the landscape.Another technique Shelley uses is telling the story from different narrative perspectives. Captain Walton, Victor and the creature, all tell parts of the narrative, each having a distinctive voice. These shape our interpretations of the main characters and the events of the novel.Also, remember, the novel draws heavily from the Gothic tradition. Violent storms, isolated settings, darkness, extremes of emotions, characters appearing vulnerable and scenes of heightened awareness and emotion are present throughout the text.Hope this gives you some ideas to go on.Peter Wright
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HelloLook at how Shelley manipulates the reader by portraying the Monster solely through the words of Victor (who is telling us the story). Victor's language is very emotional and turbulent about himself, but more controlled and using language which is designed to create a negative image when talking about the Monster. I offer very specific revision sessions for 'Frankenstein' - contact me if you want to go into more detail about the novel!