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Frankenstein "Such Evil Forebodings" (standard:romance, 403 words)
Author: AnonymousAdded: May 05 2013Views/Reads: 5064/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The story Frankenstein was a hard read, however once you look at the readings from a romantic view, it will capture your mind and your heart!

“You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the
commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil 

I chose to review and analysis the first sentence from the first letter
in Mary Shelly's 

novel, Frankenstein.  The word selections in this sentence set the tone
for this letter, and 

the written words seem to be almost defiant stating that something bad
will come to 

pass.  There seems to be some “I told you so” innuendo in this first
sentence based on 

the part of the sentence “which you have regarded with such evil
forebodings”.    To me, 

this is a person who has had troublesome relationships with people,
including lovers. 

This person wants to prove others wrong when it comes to their own
choices, and will not 

hesitate to “throw salt” into the other  persons wound. 

The author uses the phrase “you will rejoice to hear...” this seems
almost “church 

like”, but given the time the book was written the wording in this
phrase may be 

appropriate.   When I think of the word “rejoice” I think of Christmas,
church, a funeral, 

a baptism or an event of this nature. The author mixes words like
“rejoice”, yet goes on to 

use words like “disaster” and “evil” to capture the reader's interest. 
It seems like the 

author is setting the “stage” for good versus evil, and draw the
audience into a possible ] dramatic conclusion. 

Based on this first sentence, I was interested in this letter and wanted
to continue 

reading without putting the book down.   In the sentence, the writer
says, “ disaster 

has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise,” I feel that the
author is drawing 

interest from her audience with mixed communication; she is adding
mystery to the story 

and an element of danger that leaves the reader asking for more.  For
me, this sentence 

alone has me guessing that this story will be exciting, full of drama
and old time world 

charm. In conclusion, I did have to read the first sentence several
times to get a good 

understanding of the authors meaning and how her writings affected me. 
I think the 

author used plenty of pathos(emotions) in this sentence.  The sentence
was obviously a 

reflection of a past relationship with another person who she felt
comfortable expressing 

her own feelings.  The author set the tone, purpose and emotions in this
first sentence for 

the entire letter. 


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