“tion of creature and creator.” Do you agree?
The chapters when the creature and creator confront each other are very
tense, and play an important part in creating power and energy in this
novel. However, there are actually only two confrontations throughout the
whole novel. As this novel has been very successful since it was first
published, there must be other areas of the book that also create suspense
The first time that the creator and creature see each other is when
Frankenstein is going home to Geneva. Shelley uses a gothic technique to
herald the creature’s arrival by describing the terrible storm that
Frankenstein is caught in “pitchy darkness” “vivid flashes of lighting”.
Another time that the creature appears the weather is stormy, and so the
bad weather creates anticipation and leads the reader to wonder what will
happen. In this encounter, there is a strong contrast between when he sees
the creature, for instance the “violence” of the world when the storm is
happening and the “calm and heavenly scene” of the day before. Frankenstein
first spots the creature “in the gloom” but only knows for sure when a
flash of lighting illuminates it. He calls it “hideous” and a “filthy
daemon”. These adjectives create an atmosphere of misery and melancholy,
similarly, the adjectives “violence” and “darkness” used to describe the
weather create a matching atmosphere.
The creature and the creator next meet when Frankenstein is travelling over
the mountains. Similarly, to again herald the creatures appearance, the
weather is “melancholy” with pouring rain, and this is a also contrast to
the “sublime ecstasy” that Frankenstein had felt before. This is the first
confrontation where the creature and Frankenstein actually converse, and it
surprises the reader, because the creatures speech is calm and eloquent,
despite Frankenstein’s description of him as “too horrible for human eyes”.
In Frankenstein’s speeches, Shelley uses short sentences to show his dread
at having come face to face with this “vile insect”. He repeatedly
threatens to “extinguish” the creature, and does not listen to anything he
has to say. The creature’s sentences are longer and more elegant, making
Frankenstein seem hasty and violent. In this confrontation, the reader ends
up having some sympathy with the creature, and this helps with the drama
because it is unexpected.
The second confrontation occurs when Frankenstein is irresolute about
creating a female for the creature. He describes how he is worried about
creating a “race of devils”. The creature appears at the casement window,
and Frankenstein said his “heart failed” at the sight. The creature
suddenly appearing is a shock, as there had been nothing to anticipate his
arrival. This shock to the reader helps create energy, and keeps their
interest. The creature is very threatening towards Frankenstein and this
makes the atmosphere one of malice and evil. His threat “I shall be with
you on your wedding night” creates a lot of tension and anticipation, as
the reader wonders what will happen when he finally weds Elizabeth.
However, one of the main events of the book that also creates power, energy
and tension is the creation of the creature. The line “It was on a dreary
night of November” has become very famous, and is what most people think of
when Frankenstein is mentioned. The description of Frankenstein’s mental
state “anxiety that almost amounted to agony” creates a sense of uneasiness
and fear, before he even puts life into the creature. Again, the weather,
reminiscent of gothic novels, helps create fear, tension and misery.
Frankenstein’s view of the creature as a “catastrophe” and his nightmares
afterwards, make the reader feel his distress, and this creates excitement
At the end of chapter III, Frankenstein’s finds himself upon the shores of
Ireland. Here, he is accused of “the death of a gentleman who was found
murdered here last night”. He says that this answer “startled” him, but he
felt his innocence could easily be proved. However, at the Frankenstein
said “I must pause here; for it requires all my fortitude to recall the
memory of the frightful events”. This creates tension for the reader.
Whilst Frankenstein ends up in prison, his father gets him released and he
proceeds to Paris. He receives a letter from Elizabeth, and is reminded of
the creature’s threat. Frankenstein’s wedding night is a very tense part of
the book, because both Frankenstein and the readers are mindful of the
creature’s threat. When Frankenstein goes to look for the creature, he
hears a “shrill scream”. The readers instantly think about the creatures
threat and this creates and atmosphere of foreboding. Frankenstein’s sees
Elizabeth dead, with the thumbprint round her neck, and describing this
event claims he lost “all sensation”. This wedding night creates a lot of
Whilst the confrontations between Victor Frankenstein and the creature are
of pivotal importance, the other sections also play a very important part.
The novel has a lot of energy throughout, which could not have been
achieved if only a few sections created the tension and energy.