They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world with its own shadows. He saved a little girl but was still shot by a man and this makes a reader feel sorry for him. The monster turns vengeful not because it's evil, but because its isolation fills it with overwhelming hate and anger. Frankenstein isolates himself, puts aside his family, and ultimately loses those dearest to him, all for his scientific ambition. Likewise, in Frankenstein, texts are able to portray the more intimate, emotional truths of the characters in ways that other forms of communication and knowledge cannot.
Letters were a ubiquitous source of communication during the 19th century, and in the novel, they are used to express innermost feelings. The monster attributes blame to Frankenstein for this, and puts the onus on Frankenstein to right his wrongs by creating a mate for the monster. By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.
Volume I, Chapter 4 This brief comment after Frankenstein digresses on the context within which he created his monster is rather telling of the narrative as an overall piece: part of the game in Frankenstein is for the reader to absorb the events and decide on the moral implications for herself. Apparently, dedicating your life to revenge and murder makes you miserable. Quote: You hate me; but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself. He attributes little-to-no agency to himself. But he has mostly experienced hate and realizes how miserable and lonely he is. When Frankenstein refuses, the monster kills Frankenstein's wife, Elizabeth, on their wedding night. In this way, Frankenstein as a whole serves to demonstrate the power of narration, because the reader is able to develop sympathy for the monster through his first-person storytelling.
Quote: Yet, when I am dead, if he should appear; if the ministers of vengeance should conduct him to you, swear that he shall not live—swear that he shall not triumph over my accumulated woes, and survive to add to the list of his dark crimes. He won't give up on his dreams easily yet has to near the end of the book. Natural Law The novel poses a question of where the line is drawn between what we can do and what we ought to do. I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. You hate me; but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself.
The framing narrative is set on a ship sailing to the North Pole, arguably the most isolated point on the globe; more microcosmically, Frankenstein isolates himself from the rest of society by creating life, thereby giving himself a unique status to which no one else can relate; his monster is more directly isolated, because he is the only one of his kind. I look on the hands which executed the deed; I think on the heart in which the imagination of it was conceived, and long for the moment when these hands will meet my eyes, when that imagination will haunt my thoughts no more. The modern masters promise very little; they know that metals cannot be transmuted, and that the elixir of life is a chimera. I wait but for one event, and then I shall repose in peace. This section contains 2,806 words approx.
Instead, you found her with another guy, got punched in the face, fell asleep driving home, and plowed your car into a guard rail. The text as a whole, in this way, can be seen as a continual exploration of what is means to create something. Mired in depression and remorse after the deaths of William and Justine, for which he feels responsible, Victor heads to the mountains to lift his spirits. If your goal, however, includes gathering dead body parts, assembling them, and injecting them with the essence of life and a bit of electricity,. My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash.
All quotes contain page numbers as well. I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. When Victor becomes lost in his… Through Victor and Walton, Frankenstein portrays human beings as deeply ambitious, and yet also deeply flawed. So while Victor turns himself into a god, a creator, by bringing his monster to life, this only highlights his… Romantic writers portrayed nature as the greatest and most perfect force in the universe. Light is tied to the theme of knowledge as enlightenment, as both Captain Walton and Frankenstein search for illumination in their scientific pursuits. But, in fact, all that tragedy, murder, and despair occur because of a lack of connection to either family or society.
He won't give up on his dreams easily yet has to near the end of the book. Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth. The Frankenstein family is torn apart by revenge and ambition, and even the idyllic De Lacey family is marked by poverty, the absence of a mother, and a lack of compassion as they turn the creature away. Victor and Walton dream of transforming society and of bringing glory to themselves through their scientific achievements. The creature, by contrast, is doomed to spend much of his life in darkness, able to walk around only at night so that he may hide from humans. In this way, one might say that Victor's father turned him 'into a monster', just as Victor created a monster all his own. Literary Reflexivity The text of Frankenstein itself symbolizes many of the same themes that its contents symbolize.
Analysis: Don't you love it when somebody who's ruined his life tries to give you advice. I look on the hands which executed the deed; I think on the heart in which the imagination of it was conceived, and long for the moment when these hands will meet my eyes, when that imagination will haunt my thoughts no more. The creature, on the other hand, wants precisely what Frankenstein has turned away. Secrecy Victor conceives of science as a mystery to be probed; its secrets, once discovered, must be jealously guarded. Just because you were a moron, Victor, doesn't mean I should hang out in my parent's basement all day and play video games.
He saved a little girl but was still shot by a man and this makes a reader feel sorry for him. Analysis: Way to dream big, Victor! Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow. Saadawi's descriptions of the gruesomeness and gore develop this theme effectively. There he lies, white and cold in death. 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.