Frankenstein Quotes – Chapters 4 – 6

My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency that of the masters Victor perceives himself surpassing all others at the University, and emphasises his A word…. (my…masters)
with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries Condemns the failures of others in his field, in a similar way to Walton lamenting the crapness of his crew. (with…inquiries)
a spirit of almost supernatural enthusiasm What allows Victor, superman as he is, to continue with his undertakings. (a…sm)
To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death Demonstrating the inextricable link between death and life of which the Creature is a result. (To…death)
I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay, and forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel houses Poor old Victor has to do all his ‘profane’ ‘unhallowed’ work. (I…houses)
I paused, examining and analysing all the minutiae of causation, as exemplified in the change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke upon me – a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple The moment of his epiphany, after complex detailed examination. The symbolism of knowledge as light. Arrogance clearly displayed. (i…simple)
the creation of a being like myself Godlike intentions, in terms of appearance. Would fail miserably. Or does he? (the…myself)
A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me Wishes for the future of his Creation. Poignantly ironic expectation of love and gratitude. Godlike aspirations. Dialogue of species and race. (a…me)
No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs His expectations of parenthood, mirroring his own experience but belying what is to come. (No…theirs)
my person had become emaciated with confinement Physical effects of his solitary pursuits. Falling apart, nearing death as the Creature nears life. (my…confinement)
the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places. Personification of moon stressing isolation from humans. Horrible cruelty to nature; invasion of her privacy. Potential sexual overtones. (the…places)
seemed to have lost all soul and sensation but for this one pursuit Blurring of ego and id. Becoming almost a droid, losing humanity as Creature gains his? But does the Creature have a soul? Raises this key question. (seemed…pursuit)
often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation His loathing of the task, which as an affront to all that is human – and to the natural order of things. (often… occupation)
if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved; Cæsar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered more gradually; and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed The historical consequences of masculine ambition. Accords with the Creature’s fave books. (if…destroyed)
doomed by slavery to toil in the mines How Victor sees himself during his undertakings – relates to themes of destiny, slavery, labour, and isolation from nature. (doomed…mines)
I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime Raising question of guilt. Solitude. Implies the guilt he will come to feel – and that he is deserving of it. (I…crime)
With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony. Victor prepares to ‘give birth.’ Assonant ‘a’s. (with…agony)
rain pattered dismally The weather at the time of the birth. (r…ly)
I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! — Great God! Victor’s aesthetic expectations compared with reality – and a supplication to the almighty. (I…God!)
muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me Victor’s rather biased and somewhat unfair condemnation of the Creature’s first – Adam-like – interactions: an unreliable narrator? (muttered…me)
‘wretched’ – alienated – ‘wretch’ – marginally human – ‘monster’ – inhuman – ‘daemon’ – antihuman The Creature’s shifting nomenclature, which foreshadows his shift from miserable to evil.
because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread Last line of The Ancient Mariner section Victor recites as he flees the Creature. Gothic. (because…tread)
a voyage of discovery to the land of knowledge What Clerval snr has allowed Henry to go on. Very resonant for story’s audience. (a…knowledge)
I thought I saw the dreaded spectre glide into the room Victor’s supernatural hallucinations, of a Gothic nature. Dehumanising Creature – and making it seem like a spirit, dead, when it has only just received life. (I…room)
unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend Clerval’s attention to his ill friend. (unbounded…friend)
It was a divine spring; and the season contributed greatly to my convalescence Spring’s effect on Victor – while the burgeoning of nature has a similar effect on his estranged Creature. (it…convalescence)
The blue lake, and snow-clad mountains, they never change; — and I think our placid home, and our contented hearts are regulated by the same immutable laws. My trifling occupations take up my time and amuse me Elizabeth describes her domestic homelife by comparing it to the calm of the beautiful in nature. The lake is a symbol of peace and idealised childhood safety. A sort of dramatic irony, as we know that Victor has already jeopordised all this. Patronising account of a woman’s domestic role. (the…me)
Justine was the most grateful little creature in the world Patronising description of Justine’s reaction to education. (Justine…world)
I felt as if he had placed carefully, one by one, in my view those instruments which were to be afterwards used in putting me to a slow and cruel death Victor experiences – already – a Prometheus-like torture as Waldman discussed science. Has he lost the battle with the palpable enemy he discerned last time Waldman spoke in the novel? (I…death)
When you read their writings, life appears to consist in a warm sun and a garden of roses, in the smiles and frowns of a fair enemy, and the fire that consumes your own heart. How different from the manly and heroical poetry of Greece and Rome! A description of Oriental poetry, with close links to gender differences and roles. (When…Rome!)
Study had before secluded me from the intercourse of my fellow-creatures, and rendered me unsocial A passive-voiced lamentation of the effects his studies have had on him – as though it were only their fault, not his at all (study…unsocial)
I became the same happy creature who, a few years ago, loved and beloved by all, had no sorrow or care After Henry has restored him to health, he experiences the exact joy that his ‘creature’ can never have. (I…care)
The peasants were dancing, and every one we met appeared gay and happy. My own spirits were high, and I bounded along with feelings of unbridled joy and hilarity The concluding lines of Chapter 6 spell happiness and hyperbolic joy – evidently precluding an immense fall in the mood of the novel, just before William’s death (spoiler alert!) Possible noble savage references. (The…hilarity)

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