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Marco De Leon - Frankenstein

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“You may easily perceive, Captain Walton, that I have suffered great and unparalleled misfortunes. I had determined, at one time, that the memory of these evils should die with me, but you have won me to alter my determination. You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.”

Pg 13

(E) This quote shows that Victor is a virtuous man because he chose to share his story with Walton, whom he perceives as a moral man. The author uses this information to insinuate that what Frankenstein has done was especially grim if such a good man would go to lengths to keep the story to himself.

Pursuing these reflections, I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption

Pg 32

(C) I feel like this is relatable because whenever  I do something significant, I always start dreaming of the future where I do even better things. What the statement in parentheses tells us though, is that now matter how much you achieve, there will always be a higher, unachievable goal.

“ … and often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation, whilst, sill urged on by an eagerness which perpetually increased…” 

Pg 33

(C) Frankenstein had to make some ethically questionable choices when pursuing this scientific endeavor. This must be similar to what the researchers that took part in the Little Albert experiment. I guess those are just the choices you have to make when advancing science.

My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him, impelled by all the feelings which can arm one being against the existence of another.

He easily eluded me, and said, — 

“Be calm! I intreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery?”

Pg 68

(E) This is a reversal of roles. Frankenstein, who is human, is mindlessly attacking his creation, all the while, his creature is trying to talk to him. This is probably to make us feel sympathy for the monster and realize that Frankenstein’s actions are rather rash and maybe even unfair.

“You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal justice of man!”

Pg 69

(E) This further humanizes the monster as he has a sense of justice and conscience. It also further shows that Frankenstein is acting without much thought.

“At first, I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification. Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity.”

Pg 80

(E) In this, the monster realizes that he will be alone because people will be quick to judge him on his appearance. Despite how eloquently he talks, or how correct his sense of morals might be, people will always see him as a monster just because of his looks.

“... in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick. I could have torn him limb from limb, as the lion rends that antelope. But my heart sunk within me as with bitter sickness, and I refrained.”

Pg 97

(E) This confirms my previous evaluation. The monster’s anguish comes from his missed chance at assimilating into society. (Q) I do not know why he resorted to sadness when he could’ve just as easily resorted to anger.

“This was then the reward for my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone.

Pg 101

(R) This shows that when someone views someone else as a monster, there are times when they can twist the “monster’s” good deed into a bad one. All because of how a person looks. Sort of like how Ta Nehisi said he could just be walking around and white people would assume the worst of him.

“... the murder I have comitted because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, she shall atone. The crime had its source in her: be hers the punishment! Thanks to the lessons of Felix and the sanguinary laws of man, I had learned how to work mischief.

Pg 103

(E) So I think that it’s kind of scary that this monster kills humanly. He doesn’t just go and slaughter like one would expect a monster to, he makes sure that he can get away with it.

"That is also my victim!" he exclaimed. "In his murder my crimes are consummated; the miserable series of my being is wound to its close! Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me? I, who irretrievably destroyed thee by destroying all thou lovedst. Alas! He is cold, he cannot answer me."

Pg 164

(E) This shows how much the monster has grown. He was once a being of vengeance but now he shows nothing but remorse. This is in contrast to Frankenstein who wishes death upon the monster even as he himself is dying.



Comments (6)

Sharon Murchie said

at 11:16 am on Aug 7, 2019

Walton believes that Victor is virtuous. Do you?

Marco De Leon said

at 11:50 pm on Aug 14, 2019

Victor thinks that killing his monster will make everyone safer. Since he's undertaking a daunting task for what he perceivable as a noble cause I think that he is virtuous

Marco De Leon said

at 11:51 pm on Aug 14, 2019

*what is perceivable
I was probably going to type something else then changed my mind

Sam Sanderson said

at 5:29 pm on Aug 7, 2019

I agree with your analysis of the quote on page 101, people would flee in terror from the monster as soon as they see him, always assuming the worse, much like how people of color have assumptions placed on them just due to the color of their skin. Mary Shelly may have also been referencing the prejudice against women at the time, and how difficult it must have been to gain recognition as a female author.

Marco De Leon said

at 11:53 pm on Aug 14, 2019

In today's world, we are mostly accepting of almost everyone, but I wonder how we would react if we saw the monster in real life.

Tyler Wargo said

at 10:33 pm on Aug 15, 2019

I really like how you discuss the humanization of Frankenstein's monster. The book makes us ask ourselves if some are born the way they are without change, or if we are inherently neutral only to be shaped by what we see and hear that creates who we are to become.

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