Frankenstein Quotes – Chapters 22 – 24

I abhorred the face of man. Oh, not abhorred! they were my brethren, my fellow beings, and I felt attracted even to the most repulsive among them, as to creatures of an angelic nature and celestial mechanism Victor demonstrates his utter predilection for solitude – because he is superior? – then immediately retracts it, and loves people for the very fact that they are human – presumably in contrast to Creature. (I…sm)
How they would, each and all, abhor me, and hunt me from the world, did they know my unhallowed acts, and the crimes which had their source in me! Victor has earned for himself the fate of being the ‘pest’ of his species that he envisioned when he was creating the second creature. His antagonistic lexis foreshadows the pursuit to the north pole. Totalising language. Exclamative.(How…me!)
I checked, therefore, my impatient thirst for sympathy Victor has similar cravings to the creature, but keeps them under control (I…thy)
A thousand times would I have shed my own blood, drop by drop, to have saved their lives; but I could not, my father, indeed I could not sacrifice the whole human race An intensely hyperbolic and melodramatic statement of Victor’s preference for self-scrifice over the lives of his loved ones. Urgent repetition. Supremely noble, and self-agrandising. (A…race)
if I see but one smile on your lips when we meet, occasioned by this or any other exertion of mine, I shall need no other happiness. Elizabeth’s agape love for Victor shows that she has no life in herself, and all her happiness dependence on his. (if…happiness)
On that night he had determined to consummate his crimes by my death Victor uses marital terminology – the language of love – to refer to his death at the hands of the creature – even though he thinks it will be on his wedding night! Irony. (on…death)
I read and re-read her letter, and some softened feelings stole into my heart, and dared to whisper paradisiacal dreams of love and joy; but the apple was already eaten Victor relates his situation to Adam’s – he hopes for Eden. But it’s too late – original sin has already occurred. It’s passed the point of return. Tellingly uses the passive, so as to leave it ambiguous who is to blame for this loss of innocence. Suggests the approach of Satan. (I…eaten)
Great God! if for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself for ever from my native country, and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth, than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions Victor deadens our hopes for the forthcoming marriage with this sudden shift to retrospect, foretelling Elizabeth’s death. Double irony, as this is the fate he will lay down for the Creature, but also that he will have brought upon himself. Typical adversarial language, and laying the blame on the monster. (Great… intentions)
Memory brought madness with it; and when I thought of what had passed, a real insanity possessed me; sometimes I was furious, and burnt with rage; sometimes low and despondent. I neither spoke, nor looked at any one, but sat motionless, bewildered by the multitude of miseries that overcame me Victor’s state of mind, as his wedding approaches, is extremely troubling. Plunges into insanity, to rage, to despair. Clearly has gone mad. Lots of ms. (Memory…me)
You are sorrowful, my love. Ah! if you knew what I have suffered, and what I may yet endure, you would endeavour to let me taste the quiet and freedom from despair, that this one day at least permits me to enjoy Victor displays a callous want of concern for anyone’s feelings but his own – especially in the light of what is impending for Elizabeth. A veiled command. (You…enjoy)
Great God! why did I not then expire! Why am I here to relate the destruction of the best hope, and the purest creature of earth? Hyperbolic, superlative lamentation of Elizabeth’s death. (Great…earth?_
the horror of others appeared only as a mockery, a shadow of the feelings that oppressed me Victor thinks that his feelings on Elizabeth’s undoubtedly death dwarf anyone else’s. (the…me)
no creature had ever been so miserable as I was; so frightful an event is single in the history of man The epitome of hyperbole. He spells out the fact that this is the worst thing that has EVER HAPPENED. (no…man)
Sometimes, indeed, I dreamt that I wandered in flowery meadows and pleasant vales with the friends of my youth; but I awoke, and found myself in a dungeon The power of dreams to bring relief – in stark contrast to reality. Represents the merging of dreams and reality from this point on, and Victor’s flight from the real world. Stark change with a short abrupt clause. (Sometimes…dungeon)
She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down, and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair The Gothic and gruesome depiction of Elizabeth’s death. (She…hair)
it is the devouring and only passion of my soul… I have but one resource; and I devote myself, either in my life or death, to his destruction Talking to the magistrate, Victor declares revenge as his only remaining cause. Love and passion – misplaced. They are all each other has. (it…tion)
Man… how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease; you know not what it is you say Victor’s words to the magistrate are reminiscent of Christ upon the cross – taking on the image of suffering for the benefit of the world – when really he is just atoning for his own sins. And others have died to pay the price, not he for them. (Man…say)
revenge alone… moulded my feelings, and allowed me to be calculating and calm, at periods when otherwise delirium or death would have been my portion Victor’s life force at the start of chapter 23 is solely provided by revenge and the desire for death. Twisted. Wrong. Alliteration. He buries his guilt in vengeance. This is the easier option.(revenge…portion)
By the sacred earth on which I kneel, by the shades that wander near me, by the deep and eternal grief that I feel, I swear; and by thee, O Night, and the spirits that preside over thee, to pursue the dæmon, who caused this misery, until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict Victor’s oath at the graveyard. Almost in direct parallel from the Creature’s at the mer de Glace – but the polar opposite. Has turned to darkness, and dark forces. Good and evil. (By…conflict)
And I call on you, spirits of the dead; and on you, wandering ministers of vengeance, to aid and conduct me in my work Victor’s primitive bloodlust is too arcane and archaic for the modern world; he must call on darker, older forces: the Furies themselves. The antithesis of Christian charity. Recalls Lady Macbeth – ‘murd’ring ministers’. The same reversal of the natural order: this depraved woman, who belied her gender, is a fitting comparison. (And…work)
I was cursed by some devil, and carried about with me my eternal hell In the same breath as he blames the Creature for his inner turmoil, Victor mirrors exactly his turn of phrase. They have both now become Satan. (I…hell)
O blessed sleep! often, when most miserable, I sank to repose, and my dreams lulled me even to rapture. The spirits that guarded me had provided these moments Victor’s only relief comes in sleep. His delusion and self-deception are now all that keep him going. Religious phraseology. Even this sense of calm has undercurrents of madness. (O…moments)
My reign is not yet over.. you live, and my power is complete The Creature’s letters allow him to remain an imposing presence throughout this chapter. He and Victor use very similar language. The implication here is that Victor’s life is synonymous with bondage. Gone is his testament that Victor is his ‘natural Lord and king’. (my…ete)
And do I dare to ask of you to undertake my pilgrimage, to endure the hardships that I have undergone? No; I am not so selfish. 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 Victor bequeaths his task unto Walton. (And…crimes)
thrust your sword into his heart. I will hover near, and direct the steel aright Victor promises to help Walton destroy the Creature, even when dead. He sees himself as one of his wandering ministers of vengeance – one last creation thrust into the world. For the sole purpose of destruction. (thrust…aright)

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