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This quote signifies one of the main themes of frankenstein. The light is representative of knowledge, eternal light meaning eternal knowledge.
This phrase is used by the author as irony. This can also be seen as a sort of foreshadowing because of the ironic way in which it is written, that no matter the determination and will, there is always something that can get in the way. The women in Frankenstein are portrayed as extremely passive. As the quote shows, even when describing his mother, Victor shows her as being in need for someone to take care of her.
A savior who comes to her rescue. Elizabeth is mentioned as just a present as if she is something to be possessed and this something that Victor even acknowledges, that she is his possession, one who belongs to him till her death.
These quotes show some direct foreshadowing. By using such gloomy words such as fatal and ruin, Victor is foreshadowing how his interest in natural philosophy is going to be the cause of misery and tragedy in his life.
This is perhaps the main lesson and the whole underlying theme behind the book. Victor went above what was in his nature and suffered the consequence of taking on more than any human is capable of. By creating the monster, he created death and misery for many including himself. The diction Shelley uses here to describe the grotesqueness of the monster. If the word veins would have been used instead of arteries than perhaps the image created in the reader’s mind would’ve been different.
The monster here is having an existential crisis. This was interesting because Victor never had this and the monster whom he created with a purpose felt so useless. Nature decaying is representative of how Frankenstein himself is feeling and so it parallels his emotions.
The sun becoming heatless meaning it was losing the fire within, just as Victor was too. This is foreshadowing. It seems like the monster will haunt victor on his wedding night but rather the monster kills Elizabeth to get back at victor and takes away his happiness. Who was more monstrous, the monster himself or Frankenstein ? Frankenstein was created so, a monster, but was Victor not a bigger monster because he made the choice of taking it upon himself to create life. He had the choice of molding his life in whatsoever way he wanted but the monster never had that option. So does that not in turn make Victor more monstrous than the monster himself. The whole book is a situational irony. Victor creates the monster out of the desire of becoming famous and in a weird sense god. But instead of all his desires being fulfilled, by the creating the monster he loses everything and everyone he holds dear. That is the irony, the exact opposite of what he hopes happens.
One of the main themes in frankenstein is how abusing the knowledge and the limits of nature has catastrophic results. Victor being ultimately killed by his own creation shows how even something that you create yourself is not in your control. Being killed by his own creation is the ultimate lesson that Victor learns and he also pays the ultimate price of his own life. The Structure of the novels narration makes it a compelling read. The way that the novel is narrated, starting off by Walton’s letters and then going into Victors narration, to then the monster narrating and then back to Victor and then ends with Walton. This narrative method definitely adds depth to the story and makes it a much more interesting read as opposed to if it had narrated by one person. The irony of the monsters grotesqueness.
The monster, whom Victor wanted to be a beautiful creation actually turned out the opposite of how he had envisioned. Not only was he not how Victor wanted him to be but rather was even more grotesque than he could have imagined. Victor as the transcendent hero. Transcendent hero because he was the reason for his own downfall. He also realizes the extent of the mistake he made by creating the monster. Having a extreme sense of realization of one’s mistakes is another trait of a transcendent hero.
The tone of Frankenstein varies depending on the narrator. Victor’s story takes on a joyous tone when he talks about his upbringing and remorseful after he has created the monster. When the monster is narrating, the tone takes on a sad tone, of someone who is hurt. The tone constantly varies throughout the whole book. I saw it very fitting that after reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost , Frankenstein related to Satan. This would be a text to text connection? Or even a text to world. One of the similarities between the monster and Frankenstein would be that they were both shunned by their creators and they used that as an excuse for their evil doings. The Climax of the story seemed it would be when the monster was created but for it was more so the climax of when Victor destroyed the mate halfway into creating it. The events leading upto the monsters creation had been foreshadowed but the creation of the monster and the sudden destruction of it were a complete surprise
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