Frankenstein: (Vol. 1, Chapters 4-7, Vol.2 Chapters 1-2)

In chapter 4, the opening sentence, ” It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils,” foreshadows the future events. The word “dreary” instantly creates sad feelings and a depressing environment. This is a very useful piece of information to the reader since Victor’s creature has just come alive. The fact that everything is happening in that dreary atmosphere is a warning sign. Frankenstein creates the monster! His creation turns out to be so hideous that even he, his own creator, is repulsed by the monster’s appearance. Driven by desire to give life to an animated corpse, he doesn’t think what possible consequences his actions may have. Once he realizes the proportions of his deed, he simply decides to turn his back on his creation. This part, but also later when Victor encounters the monster in the mountains, serves as an allegory of God and his creation. The monster says to Frankenstein, “I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded”. The monster compares himself to Adam, and his creator Frankenstein to God. Like Adam, who disobeys God and gets punished for his sins, the Monster implies that his evil side comes from being cast away from his creator and society as well. His words make it pretty obvious that the Monster kills Victor’s brother William out of revenge for being left to live in solitude.

Being self-absorbed and deceptive, Victor doesn’t share his secret about the Monster with anyone. This is the point when I stop having sympathy for him. His secrecy causes death of innocent people, and the people he loves. Yet, he still doesn’t find it appropriate to share  his guilt. Not even when he sees the ramifications of his “creativeness.”frankenstein3

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One response to “Frankenstein: (Vol. 1, Chapters 4-7, Vol.2 Chapters 1-2)

  1. I love what you write about the word “dreary.” It’s a wonderful close reading and it reveals that you possess a tool for the future that will serve you well.

    I agree, too, that I lose sympathy for Victor at about the same time that you do. He throws away his baby! It’s a tragic event, and one that definitely foreshadows the future. You’re a wonderful writer, Marija. Nice job!

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