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Figurative Language

Chapters 20 & 21

The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is written entirely in first person from the point
of view of Victor Frankenstein; the scientist who creates the monster and Robert Walton;
who’s letters to his sister are the opening and closing to this incredibly well-known story.
This Gothic-Romantic styled literature is suited well for the time period that it was
written; the early eighteen hundreds. Mary Shelley uses foreshadowing as well as
creating suspense throughout the book in order to stimulate some of the reader’s five
senses while reading.

Here are some examples of metaphors, personifications and similies Shelley uses in our
sections from the story Frankenstein:

“…for the winds were hushed, and all nature reposed under the eye of the quiet moon.”
(pg. 142 paragraph-4) Personification
“…I burned with rage to pursue the murderer of my peace…” (pg. 143 paragraph-8)
Metaphor
“I walked about the isle like a restless spectre, separated from all it loved and miserable
in the separation.”(pg. 144 paragraph-2) Simile