Frankenstein Learning Objectives:• To analyse the narrative techniques used by theauthor to affect the reader;• To read a model answer and agree on SuccessCriteria.• To write my own response to the text (assessed)Reading Level:Where am I? Where do I want to be? What do I need to do to get there?
How the author influences how we feel… Some narrative techniquesQuestions / Contrasting beautiful andexclamations / ugly features to echo his Long sentence to own chaotic andincomplete sentences create a shock contrasting feelings aboutto reflect the tumult revelation at the the creature. Vocabulary(chaos) in his mind – end. contrasts life and death.shows he is trying tomake sense of thesituation.Unreliable narrator Carefully selected Paragraph– careful selection descriptive details to structure –of words and facts create a gloomy reflection followedto gain sympathy. mood, full of by action. impending horror.(Underline relevantevidence) (underline relevant details)
It was on a dreary night of November that I beheldCarefully the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety thatselecteddescriptive almost amounted to agony, I collected the instrumentsdetails to create of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of beinga gloomy mood,full of impending into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It washorror. already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly Long sentence to burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half- create a shock extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the revelation creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive at the end. motion agitated its limbs.
Questions /exclamations /incomplete How can I describe my emotions at thissentences toreflect the tumult catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom(chaos) in his mind– shows he is with such infinite pains and care I hadtrying to makesense of the endeavoured to form? His limbs were insituation. proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries Contrasting beautiful and beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and ugly features to flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these echo his own chaotic and luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast contrasting with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the feelings about the creature. same colour as the dun-white sockets in which Vocabulary they were set, his shrivelled complexion and contrasts life and death. straight black lips.
[…] I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusingUnreliable life into an inanimate body. For this I hadnarrator –careful deprived myself of rest and health. I hadselection of desired it with an ardour that farwords and facts exceeded moderation; but now that I hadto gainsympathy. finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to Paragraph structure – endure the aspect of the being I had reflection created, I rushed out of the room and followed by continued a long time traversing my bed- action. chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.
Paragraphs 4-5 Long Change of Narrator’s sentence to sentence choice of create a structure / change words to gain shock of pace sympathy revelation at (long to short or short the end. to long)Extremely long Unreliable narrator – Descriptivesentence – list of careful selection of details to showactions to reveal a words and facts to how he feels.state of panic – no gain sympathy.time to think. (Underline relevant evidence)
At length lassitude succeeded to the tumult Narrator’s I had before endured, and I threw myself on the bed in my clothes, endeavouring to seek a choice of words few moments of forgetfulness. But it was in to gain vain; I slept, indeed, but I was disturbed by sympathy Descriptive the wildest dreams. […] I started from my details to sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb show how he became convulsed; when, by the dim and yellow feels. light of the moon, as it forced its way through Change of sentence the window shutters, I beheld the wretch structure / change of --the miserable monster whom I had pace (long to short or created. He held up the curtain of the bed; short to long)Long sentence to and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, werecreate a shock fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkledrevelation at the his cheeks.end. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited, where I remained during the rest of the night, walking Narrator’s choice up and down in the greatest agitation, listening of words to gain Extremely long attentively, catching and fearing each sound as sympathy sentence – list of if it were to announce the approach of the actions to reveal demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life. a state of panic – no time to think.
• So, how does the author make me feel during the extract?• How does she do it? Mindmap in your books Fr an e ke tur ns te c rea in e How we feel Th about… The inci den t
AF5: Can I explain why writers choose to use particular words and sentences? A Model Question and Answer In the whole text, how does the writer’s use of language show that Dr Frankenstein’s dreams have been shattered? You should comment on how the writer: – sets the scene; – describes the creature; – shows Dr Frankenstein’s reactions.
The November night is described in the opening sentence asPoint ‘dreary’. This creates a bleak atmosphere from the outset. The writer darkens the mood further with details like, ‘the rain pattered dismally’. On top of this, we are told that there is very Ev little light. All of this descriptive detail creates a sense of foreboding – we get the sense that things are sure to go wrong. Ex In the second paragraph, the birth of the creature is described as a ‘catastrophe’ which suggests that the narrator’s dreams are completely shattered. He conveys his horror with exclamations like ‘Great God!’ His description of the monster allows us to see why he feels such revulsion: it has thin ‘yellow skin’ which makes it appear sickly. There are fine features, like pearly teeth, but these only form a ‘horrid contrast’ with the ‘watery eyes’, the ‘shrivelled complexion and black lips.’ In the final paragraph, Frankenstein reflects on how his whole life over the past two years has been devoted to the creation of his dream: ‘For this I deprived myself of rest and health.’ This creates a sense of great loss. All he now feels is ‘breathless horror and disgust’. ‘Breathless’ creates the impression that Frankenstein is overpowered by the strength of these emotions. He rushes from the room, unable to face his creation a moment longer.
Your assessment How does the author make you feel in the extract (last 2 paragraphs) and how does she achieve it?Phrases to use to improve attainment:This suggests…This creates the impression…This makes the reader feel…This emphasises…This shows…This indicates…