This milestone leads up to the catastrophic events that make up the plot. Frankenstein regrets his decision to ever depart from his placid home for college after his monster becomes alive symbolizing that he cannot change the set of motion for the upcoming casualties. The tone of this passage is exciting because of the cluelessness of the events stirred from this decision but becomes ironic later in the story as the place Victor was so originally thrilled to traverse becomes the setting where the abomination of his creation
Shelley describes the morning after Frankenstein creates the monster and runs away- "Morning, dismal and wet, at length dawned, and discovered to my sleepless and aching eyes the church of Ingolstadt…”. This dreary scene adequately depicts Victor’s miserable, downcast feeling toward the ugly monster he has just created. Shelley also uses the imagery element to bring into view Frankenstein’s painful emotions over the result of his creation. Immediately following the verdict of Justine’s death, a deep feeling of remorse washes over Frankenstein."The blood flowed freely in my veins, but a weight of despair and remorse pressed on my heart, which nothing could remove. Sleep fled from my eyes; I wandered like an evil spirit…” Shelley’s use of imagery in this situation gives over the feelings of Victor’s intense guilt at having been the cause of the death of an innocent girl. This also implies that in a sense Victor questions his own existence because of the weight of his actions “Press[ing] on [his]
In the novel, Imagery is presented so the reader can experience the terror alongside frankenstein.
The role of family is a reoccurring theme throughout Mary Shelley’s epistolary novel Frankenstein and the idea that family has significant role in one's life is evident. In addition, Mary Shelley’s life is also alluded to in many ways throughout her novel such as the death of her mother and her trip to the Swiss Alps with Percy Shelley. The sequence of unfortunate events throughout the book suggest the idea that the disconnect to one's family causes emotional turmoil that he or she cannot overcome.
To begin, his creator abandons him. Victor creates Frankenstein, but is afraid of him. “He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed down stairs” (Shelley 44). Victor cannot put up with the sight and deserts him. Frankenstein is left to learn everyday skills, such as reading, speaking, and eating all on
Beginning with Victor abandoning the creature at birth, the series of revenge and hatred-filled events begin to occur as both attempt to find justice and retribution. The creature stole the lives of everyone beloved by Victor, and Victor stole the monster’s chance at happiness by abandoning him. As the characters continuously harm each other, their isolation increases as well as their sanity. In the end, numerous family members perish, Victor Frankenstein dies of physical exhaustion, and the creature conveys his desire to
Immediately after the monster comes to life Frankenstein experiences grief and horror, causing him to abandon the monster and “[rush] out of the room” (Shelley 49). Immediately after, Frankenstein dreams that his kiss transforms Elizabeth into his dead mother (Shelley 49). Had Frankenstien never left his monster he would not have had this dream, thus Shelley foreshadows the horrific scenes to come as a result of Frankenstein's abandonment of his monster. By leaving his monster Frankenstein experiences a nightmare, foreshadowing the actual nightmare Frankenstein will live through for the rest of his life. Just a few pages later Shelley uses foreshadowing again when she has Frankenstien fall into a “nervous fever” (Shelley 53). When Frankenstein had his initial nightmare his abandonment from his monster was not yet concrete. When Frankenstein awoke from his nightmare he still had the chance to reclaim his creation and nurture him. However, once the separation is complete between the monster and Frankenstein, a worse fate lies before Frankenstein. Soon after realizing “the apartment was empty, and [Frankenstein’s ] bedroom,” making it virtually impossible for Frankenstein to raise the monster, as he will never find it, Frankenstein enters into his nervous fit. The
Victor Frankenstein has since destroyed his female creation of the Monster due to his fear that she and the Monster would procreate, lost the life of Elizabeth who he had just married hours before she was murdered, and threw his life away to pursue the Monster in a chase that led him to the North seeking for revenge against all that the Monster has cost him. Victor, alone and near death, is then discovered wandering through the snow and ice by a passing ship somewhere in the Arctic. The crew rescues Victor and brings him aboard the ship where he meets captain Walden. It is upon this ship and in the presence of Walden that Victor says his very last words. After Victor’s death, a mysterious figure takes form from the darkness of the room in which Victor’s corpse inhabits and out slinks the Monster. Mournful once more but this time not only for himself, the Monster shares these words, “The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.” Gut wrenchingly stated, it is upon these words that Monster reaches complete solitude now that his potential mate and creator have been destroyed. Through the motif of solitude, the Monster has transformed into an
After reading several books, he became curious to test new experiments. This part of his life foreshadows that Frankenstein is going to use electrical power in his future experiments, and that it will lead to a major creation. In addition, Victor dreams of kissing Elizabeth, but she becomes “livid with the hue of death” (35). This foreshadows that Elizabeth will die on her wedding night. Furthermore, when Frankenstein meets the creature in Chamounix, the creature says, “I am your creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather a fallen angel” (69). Shelley foreshadows that the creature is in a need for a female companion that would give him the love he needs. Finally, when Victor refuses to create a female companion for the creature, the creature says,” I shall be with you on your wedding night” (123). This quote foreshadows that the creature will take revenge on Frankenstein by taking away his lover’s life and making him suffer the same pain he suffered. Foreshadowing makes the story more interesting by allowing the reader to guess the events that may
He found himself completely engrossed in the world of “sad trash” science (38). Frankenstein acknowledges how his young age only enhanced his obsession by saying, “I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge. Under the guidance of my new preceptors, I entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life; but the latter soon obtained my undivided attention” (39). Frankenstein’s father’s rejection of his passion only set his demise further in stone. From that moment on Frankenstein constantly strove to receive some sort of confirmation that his passions were justified. And despite the “guardian angel of [his] life” attempting to guide him towards more legitimate science, Frankenstein was destined by the formation of his identity in adolescence to forever search for an answer to the mysteries of natural philosophies and the questions of eternal life
Frankenstein throughout the process envisioned a beautiful creation and anticipated it. However, he regretted his creation as soon as life was bestowed upon it, “I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I have finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room...” (35). Just as his creator could not accept his disfiguration others could not also, “Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted; and Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung: in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick.” (96-97). These where the villagers which the Fiend wished to be a part of and for them to except him after he had helped them and observed them for so long. After this he realized he would forever be alone and with this suffering he wished to bestow it upon others, “I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph; clapping my hands, I exclaimed, I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable: his death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him.” (102). He no longer viewed
He was accepted for a few hours by the blind man then he was faced by the mans son who could see. The son freaked out and attacked the monster. The son caused the monster to freak out and run away. The monster then decided that all people would hate him so he decided to find Frankenstein. When the monster left to find Frankenstein he found a child and tried to kidnap the child. When he finds out the child is related to Frankenstein he gets very angry and kills the kid. The reason he thought the kid would help is because he hoped that the child would not already have a predetermined thought about what kind of person the monster was based solely on looks. When he was told the child was related to Frankenstein his anger towards Frankenstein for leaving him made him act on emotion and kill the
following traumatic events caused by his creation. Towards the beginning of the novel, the audience becomes informed that Frankenstein devoted his time working on animating a monster that he had put together from pieces of human remains that he stole from a graveyard. He worked on the monster for an extremely long time, proving his dedication towards completing it. However, when the day came to bring the creature to life, Frankenstein abandoned it, forcing it to live and learn on its own. He later retreated to his bed where he became extremely sick for the entirety of the winter. Later in the novel, as it approaches the climax of the story, the government falsely accused Frankenstein for the murder of his best friend, Henry Clerval. When he
Henry Frankenstein brings his monster to life. He proclaims “Oh God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!” In that moment he believes that he is powerful enough to control the creation of a new life; he believes that he is in fact of a god-like status. This is essentially the beginning of his downfall. It soon becomes apparent to Dr. Frankenstein that he cannot handle the responsibility he has bestowed upon himself. While the monster is much larger than Frankenstein, he seems to be harmless enough once he is brought to life. Frankenstein keeps his monster in a dark room as he adjusts to being alive. This is the first step the doctor takes in controlling his creation. Once he breaks out of the dark room that Frankenstein had him in, he proves to be a more dangerous creature. Fritz, Frankenstein’s assistant, comes in with a torch, which frightens the monster. This fear leads to the monster terrorizing Frankenstein and Fritz, after which he is locked in a cell. This is Frankenstein’s second step in attempting to control his monster. This goes wrong when Fritz teases the monster with the fire. This leads to his death and the unleashing of the monster’s reign of