While Shelley exemplifies a disastrous effect of unmitigated desire to possess the secrets of the earth, she employs a subtext filled with contradictory language, which implies that such curiosity is innate to mankind and virtually inextricable from the human condition.
Chapter 3 I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation. Just before Victor departs, his mother catches scarlet fever from Elizabeth, whom she has been nursing back to health, and dies.
On her deathbed, she begs Elizabeth and Victor to marry. Several weeks later, still grieving, Victor goes off to Ingolstadt. Arriving at the university, he finds quarters in the town and sets up a meeting with a professor of natural philosophy, M. Krempe tells Victor that all the time that Victor has spent studying the alchemists has been wasted, further souring Victor on the study of natural philosophy.
He then attends a lecture in chemistry by a professor named Waldman. This lecture, along with a subsequent meeting with the professor, convinces Victor to pursue his studies in the sciences. Chapter 4 Victor attacks his studies with enthusiasm and, ignoring his social life and his family far away in Geneva, makes rapid progress.
Fascinated by the mystery of the creation of life, he begins to study how the human body is built anatomy and how it falls apart death and decay. After several years of tireless work, he masters all that his professors have to teach him, and he goes one step further: Privately, hidden away in his apartment where no one can see him work, he decides to begin the construction of an animate creature, envisioning the creation of a new race of wonderful beings.
Chapter 5 One stormy night, after months of labor, Victor completes his creation. But when he brings it to life, its awful appearance horrifies him.
He wakes to discover the monster looming over his bed with a grotesque smile and rushes out of the house. He spends the night pacing in his courtyard. The next morning, he goes walking in the town of Ingolstadt, frantically avoiding a return to his now-haunted apartment.
As he walks by the town inn, Victor comes across his friend Henry Clerval, who has just arrived to begin studying at the university. Delighted to see Henry—a breath of fresh air and a reminder of his family after so many months of isolation and ill health—he brings him back to his apartment.
Victor enters first and is relieved to find no sign of the monster.
But, weakened by months of work and shock at the horrific being he has created, he immediately falls ill with a nervous fever that lasts several months.
Henry nurses him back to health and, when Victor has recovered, gives him a letter from Elizabeth that had arrived during his illness.And from this restless pursuit, he succeeds "in discovering the cause of generation and life" and he becomes "capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." He is now a creator of life.
He is like Goethe's Faustus, a man eager for knowledge and experience that is good for mankind in the end. A summary of Chapters 3–5 in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Frankenstein and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (–) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January , when she. Professor Sharon Ruston surveys the scientific background to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, considering contemporary investigations into resuscitation, galvanism and the possibility of states between life and death.
Worried by the potential inability to distinguish between the states of life and death. Oct 10, · The Role of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Updated on October 10, Anaya M. Baker.
more. In the case of Frankenstein, he has usurped the power of God by creating life without the union of male and female. Deconstructing the Speech of attheheels.coms:  Education is one of the most important themes shown throughout Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
During the early 19th century in England at the time that Shelley wrote her novel, education, at least in the public sense, was not widely available for every child.