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Frankenstein

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In creating the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his creature, Shelley creates a literary and psychological archetype known as the Shadow.

Victor and his creature can be interpreted as two halves of a single being.

I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.

In the context of the passage which of the following conveys the primary effect of the use of color in the description?

A

The use of color in the passage reflects Victor's feelings of failure in regard to his work.

B

The use of color creates a hellish mood and evil undertone.

C

The use of color emphasizes Victor's total break with reality and the clouding of his judgment.

D

The juxtaposition of yellow and black mirrors both the horror and the triumph we feel in the face of scientific progress.

E

The use of contrasting colors creates a clear point of view about which of these characters represents complete evil and which of these characters represents complete good.