Frankenstein Tone

Reverent: treating a subject with honor and respect Page 130, Chapter 18″‘My dear father, reassure yourself. I love my cousin tenderly and sincerely. I never saw any woman who excited, as Elizabeth does, my warmest admiration and affection…'”His love, Elizabeth, is truly treated with honor and respect as she helps to exemplify his admiration and affection. This truly illustrates reverent feelings and his love for Elizabeth.
Callous: unfeeling; insensitive to feelings of others Page 107, Chapter 14″‘Felix remained with them in expectation of that event; and in the meantime he enjoyed the society of the Arabian, who exhibited towards him the simplest and tenderest affection…'”Perhaps the Arabian’s feelings are not absolutely callous, but he does portray the slight feelings that could potentially equate to the lack of feelings and ultimately callousness.
Sardonic: scornfully and bitterly sarcastic Page 126, Chapter 17″A fiendish rage animated him as he said this; his face was wrinkled into contortions too horrible for human eyes to behold; but presently he calmed himself and proceeded—”This excerpt truly helps to exemplify the overly-sarcastic tone that Mary Shelley develops. The description of the contortions help to provide for the bitterly sarcastic tone/mood.
Solemn: deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection Page 152, Chapter 21″As the images that floated before me became more distinct, I grew feverish; a darkness pressed around me; no one was near me who soothed me with the gentle voice of love; no dear hand supported me…”As he reflects, he portrays sadness and realizes that it is so bad that he needs a hand to hold; a shoulder to cry on; someone to help him overcome his sadness (from reflecting).
Sarcastic: sheering, caustic Page 102, Chapter 13″‘Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on the rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling..'”This is quite sarcastic/over exaggerating in a way because it is virtually impossible to shake off all thoughts and feelings.
Quizzical: odd, eccentric, amusing Page 83, Chapter 10″‘All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!'”This truly helps to exemplify the oddly wretched and pessimistic point of view that this character obtains.
Satiric: ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point; teach Page 126, Chapter 17″I was moved. I shuddered when I thought of the possible consequences of my consent, but I felt that there was some justice in his argument…”Personally, I feel as though this character’s shuddering and detailed evaluation of consequences provides for the satiric tone. This character’s actions ultimately show his weakness and overall lack of self-confidence and defiance.
Ribald: offensive in speech or gesture Page 83, Chapter 10″‘Devil,’ I exclaimed, ‘do you dare approach me? And do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! And, oh! That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!'” This quote clearly exemplifies offensive speech towards the other character, therefore illustrating ribald behavior.
Reflective: illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions Page 102, Chapter 13″‘I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge. Oh, that I had forever remained in my native wood, nor known nor felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat!'”This character is reflecting his past and remembers the thoughts and emotions that happen to go along with these remembrances and reflections.
Sincere: without deceit, or pretense; genuine Page 152, Chapter 21″At one time I considered whether I should not declare myself guilty and suffer the penalty of the law, less innocent than poor Justine had been…”This character realizes that he should perhaps be guilty, therefore providing to the reader that he understands his own mistakes and cares about the everlasting, genuine consequence.
Pessimistic: seeing the worst side of things; no hope Page 83, Chapter 10″‘I expected this reception,’ said the daemon. ‘All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature…'”This quote is quite negative, ridicule, and pessimistic because the character speaking uses words with negative connotations such as hate, wretched, miserable, and detest.
Patronizing: air of condescension Page 125, Chapter 17″‘You are in the wrong,’ replied the fiend…”This quote perhaps exemplifies the true haughtiness and condescension the character obtains. By telling another character that their actions are faulty is a prime example of one that portrays condescension in a patronizing manner.
Ridiculing: slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of Page 84, Chapter 10″‘Begone! I will not hear you. There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies. Begone, or let us try our strength in a fight, in which one must fall.'” Personally, I feel as though this excerpt illustrates a slightly contemptuous banter, especially when the speaker illustrates that they will not speak…quite ridicule.
Haughty: proud and vain to the point of arrogance Page 179, Chapter 24 “They entered, and their leader addressed me. He told me that he and his companions had been chosen by the other sailors to come in deputation to me to make me a requisition which, in justice, I could not refuse…”This quote perhaps exemplifies the outwardly displayed defiance that this character obtains. It is quite crucial to notice – when reading this – that the speaker notes that attention towards himself is theoretically unavoidable, therefore illustrating his self-centering.
Fanciful: using the imagination Page 163, Chapter 22″The wind, which had hitherto carried us along with amazing rapidity, sank at sunset to a light breeze; the soft air just ruffled the water and caused a pleasant motion among the trees as we approached the shore, from which it wafted the most delightful scent of flowers and hay. The sun sank beneath the horizon as we landed, and as I touched the shore I felt those cares and fears revive which soon were to clasp me and cling to me forever. “This scene helps to exemplify much imagery, therefore using the tone of imagination. The descriptive words such as rapidity, ruffled, wafted, etc. help to further support the scene being created. Overall, the imagery provided is quite beneficial when creating a scene full of imaginary entities.
Sanguineous: optimistic, cheerful Page 154, Chapter 21″‘Alas! Yes; I cannot withstand their demands. I cannot lead them unwillingly to danger, and I must return.'” This excitement portrayed by the main character clearly helps to illustrate a genuinely cheerful and positive tone. These types of characteristics are ultimately used to create a sanguineous tone, which usually helps to reinforce a positively beneficial tone (also providing to be a quite significance force).
Earnest: intense, a sincere state of mind Page 162, Chapter 22 “Those were the last moments of my life during which I enjoyed the feeling of happiness. We passed rapidly along; the sun was hot, but we were sheltered from its rays by a kind of canopy while we enjoyed the beauty of the scene, sometimes on one side of the lake, where we saw Mont Saleve…”This remembrance of the lost feeling of happiness is perhaps as sincere as a moment can get (in my opinion, of course). This remembrance provides to be quite didactic also due to the author’s attempt to educate and instruct the reader of his last moments of happiness and sincere state of mind. Perhaps the speaker’s remembrance of this helps to exemplify to the reader the type of life he lives now.
Erudite: learned, polished, scholarly Page 162, Chapter 22″Elizabeth seemed happy; my tranquil demeanour contributed greatly to calm her mind. But on the day that was to fulfil my wishes and my destiny, she was melancholy, and a presentiment of evil pervaded her; and perhaps also she thought of the dreadful secret which I had promised to reveal to her on the following day. My father was in the meantime overjoyed and in the bustle of preparation only recognized in the melancholy of his niece the diffidence of a bride. “The author’s use of the words “tranquil” and “demeanour” helps to serve as a quite erudite and scholarly tone. One may see this as scholarly because the author uses words that are not commonly used in the English language in order to portray her points. This may just be the case because the author wrote this novel at a different time period, but also because of the fact that Mary Shelley was a very educated woman that wished to portray her points with an ample amount of characterization for each entity involved.
Whimsical: odd, strange, fantastic, fun Page 127, Chapter 17″His words had a strange effect upon me. I compassionated him and sometimes felt a wish to console him, but when I looked upon him, when I saw the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart sickened and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred. I tried to stifle these sensations; I thought that as I could not sympathize with him, I had no right to withhold from him the small portion of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow.”
Accusatory: charging of wrong doing Page 127, Chapter 17″I paused some time to reflect on all he had related and the various arguments which he had employed. I thought of the promise of virtues which he had displayed on the opening of his existence and the subsequent blight of all kindly feeling by the loathing and scorn which his protectors had manifested towards him. His power and threats were not omitted in my calculations; a creature who could exist in the ice caves of the glaciers and hide himself from pursuit among the ridges of inaccessible precipices was a being possessing faculties it would be vain to cope with. After a long pause of reflection I concluded that the justice due both to him and my fellow creatures demanded of me that I should comply with his request…”This term is not absolutely accurate with this quote, but I find this term to be quite key to the potential action of this character. If you further analyze this writing, you will see that this character nearly disagreed with his arguments and power, which would have resulted in the charging of wrong doing, because the character did see these events as wrong, but because he agreed with them defeated the purpose of the usage of this term. I would just like to apply this word to exemplify that the event of disagreement could have resulted in the charging of wrong doing, or accusatory.
Awe: solemn wonder Page 136, Chapter 19″We quitted London on the 27th of March and remained a few days at Windsor, rambling in its beautiful forest. This was a new scene to us mountaineers; the majestic oaks, the quantity of game, and the herds of stately deer were all novelties to us.”This term applies to this excerpt quite well because the speaker uses words such as beautiful, majestic, novelties, etc. in order to clearly portray the overall beauty and wonder of Windsor. Perhaps it is quite crucial to realize that these words help to better illustrate the setting and reinforce the mood and tone.
Didactic: author attempts to educate or instruct the reader Page 87, Chapter 11″It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate. Before I had quitted your apartment, on a sensation of cold, I had covered myself with some clothes, but these were insufficient to secure me from the dews of night. I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept.”This excerpt helps to use imagery as a mode in order to clearly illustrate the darkness and inevitable fright the character experienced. It is quite crucial to realize that words such as dark, cold, frightened, desolate, sensation of cold, etc. help to educate the reader of the character’s experience during this specific point of the novel.
Contemplative: studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue Page 136, Chapter 19″From thence we proceeded to Oxford. As we entered this city our minds were filled with the remembrance of the events that had been transacted there more than a century and a half before.”This excerpt is used in order to portray the characters’ reflections of the events that occurred centuries ago on the way to Oxford. It is quite important to realize that perhaps the remembrance of these events is a type of foreshadowing; for everything in the past does impact the present and the future to come.
Contemptuous: showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect Page 132, Chapter 18″And you, my friend, would be far more amused with the journal of Clerval, who observed the scenery with an eye of feeling and delight, than in listening to my reflections. I, a miserable wretch, haunted by a curse that shut up every avenue to enjoyment.”When the character refers to himself as a “miserable wretch,” it truly exemplifies how he sees himself as worthless and lacks respect for himself. When I came across this, I felt the same way about him. It alarmed me that he could be so contemptuous as to put himself down under any certain circumstance.
Conventional: lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality Page 137, Chapter 19″We left Oxford with regret and proceeded to Matlock, which was our next place of rest.” This excerpt is not truly conventional, but as a reader, I feel the sense of lacking originality with this because of the fact that they regretted without even trying further. It appalls me that they just proceeded, it is very much like they gave up and were fine with it. No matter what the circumstance is, I see giving up (even when traveling) as an significant sign of weakness and a lack of perseverance.
Bitter: exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief Page 146, Chapter 20″Almost spent, as I was, by fatigue and the dreadful suspense I endured for several hours, this sudden certainty of life rushed like a flood of warm joy to my heart, and tears gushed from my eyes.”This excerpt truly identifies the speaker’s animosity illustrated after an activity that had a quite negative effect (like pain). The character exemplifies how he is no longer able to hold the rudder, therefore portraying excruciating pain and grief.
Cynical: questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people Page 147, Chapter 20″Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy or death. I must pause here, for it requires all my fortitude to recall the memory of the frightful events which I am about to relate, in proper detail, to my recollection.”When the speaker uses words such as horror, despair, fear, ignominy, and death, he truly portrays the act of being cynical. Perhaps it is quite crucial to realize that when extinguishing in horror and despair, this character truly highlights the meaning of being cynical and questioning the sincerity of himself (and the events that happen to him).
Condescension: condescending-a feeling of superiority Page 146, Chapter 20″I was exceedingly surprised on receiving so rude an answer from a stranger, and I was also disconcerted on perceiving the frowning and angry countenances of his companions.”This excerpt illustrates the definition of condescension because one character is alarmed by the other character’s need for superiority and rude answer. The words that are commonly attached to a negative connotation such as rude, disconcerted, frowning, angry, etc. are used in this excerpt to help exemplify the reaction and the negative atmosphere when coping with the condescending character.
Critical: finding fault Page 151, Chapter 21″But I was doomed to live and in two months found myself as awaking from a dream, in a prison, stretched on a wretched bed, surrounded by jailers, turnkeys, bolts, and all the miserable apparatus of a dungeon.”I find that this excerpt is truly critical because of the fact that the character illustrates that he may be “doomed to live”. Although it may not seem as crucial and critical as it actually is, any part of life is critical, especially when it may be “doomed”.
Caustic: intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting Page 150, Chapter 21″I feel yet parched with horror, nor can I reflect on that terrible moment without shuddering and agony. The examination, the presence of the magistrate and witnesses, passed like a dream from my memory when I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me.”This quote is quite sarcastic and overwhelming because of the fact that it uses a feeling that is usually associated with thirst and applies it to the incredibly significant feeling of horror.
Choleric: hot-tempered, easily angered Page 85, Chapter 10″‘Still thou canst listen to me and grant me thy compassion. By the virtues that I once possessed, I demand this from you. Hear my tale; it is long and strange, and the temperature of this place is not fitting to your fine sensations; come to the hut upon the mountain.'”I find this excerpt as being quite choleric because of the fact that the speaker uses words such as demand, possess, fitting, etc. to help exemplify the other character’s condescension and need for superiority. I find that a common trait for ones with superiority is that they are quite choleric and easily angered because the power lies in their hands and if something goes wrong, the faultiness lies in their hands also.
Disdainful: scornful Page 102, Chapter 13″But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing.”I believe that this quote is quite scornful because the speaker is illustrating to the readers that she did not have a father to watch her during her infant days or a mother to bless her with joyousness. By establishing these entities, I believe that the speaker is scorning the figures that should have existed, which serves no purpose.
Apathetic: indifferent due to lack of energy or concern Page 107, Chapter 14″Felix remained with them in expectation of that event; and in the meantime he enjoyed the society of the Arabian, who exhibited towards him the simplest and tenderest affection. They conversed with one another through the means of an interpreter, and sometimes with the interpretation of looks; and Safie sang to him the divine airs of her native country.”This quote displays apathetic attributes because the character illustrates the “simplest and tenderest affection”, which ultimately provides for an indifference due to the lack of concern, which ultimately equates to affection and feelings. It is quite crucial to realize what these feelings can perhaps do to a relationship. Most likely, this applied term will lead to deterrence in a relationship.
Obsequious: polite and obedient in order to gain something Page 125, Chapter 17″Instead of threatening, I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable.”This quote provides to be quite significant because the creature is explaining to Victor Frankenstein that he has been relatively obedient (especially when reasoning with Victor) in order to gain respect and recognition. Throughout the novel, one must realize that it is quite heart-wrenching to watch as the creature is rejected throughout society, and this quote is a prime example of his efforts to become accepted, especially by his very own creator.
Optimistic: hopeful, cheerful Page 39, Chapter 3″I closed not my eyes that night. My internal being was in a state of insurrection and turmoil; I felt that order would thence arise, but I had no power to produce it. By degrees, after the morning’s dawn, sleep came. I awoke, and my yesternight’s thoughts were as a dream. There only remained a resolution to return to my ancient studies and to devote myself to a science for which I believed myself to possess a natural talent.”This is perhaps one of the most crucial quotes of the novel because Victor is exemplifying to the readers his eternal excitement and optimism when it comes to his knowledge. He wishes to acquire so much knowledge, but the conflict is that he must find something to do with it all, which is why he creates the creature…in order to exemplify that he does in fact believe in himself and has faith, even when his professor does not wish for Victor to do so in the creation of life (and alteration of the death-life cycle).
Objective: an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside Page 88, Chapter 11″One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain. How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects! I examined the materials of the fire, and to my joy found it to be composed of wood.”The reason why I paired this quote up with this term is because I feel as though the mentioning of “opposite effects” when dealing with thoughts helps to reinforce an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgements aside.
Malicious: purposely hurtful Page 83, Chapter 10″I was troubled; a mist came over my eyes, and I felt a faintness seize me, but I was quickly restored by the cold gale of the mountains. I perceived, as the shape came nearer (sight tremendous and abhorred!) that it was the wretch whom I had created. I trembled with rage and horror, resolving to wait his approach and then close with him in mortal combat.”The words that are used such as troubled, seize, tremendous, abhorred, wretch, rage, mortal combat, etc. all provide to be words with a negative connotation that can be commonly associated with being hurtful or malicious. This particular quote is quite unique in that it clearly examines the effects of one that went through a malicious activity.
Morose: gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent Page 75, Chapter 9 “Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.”This quote is quite morose, or gloomy because of its dark nature. I feel as though this quote uses words such as painful, dead, deprives, fear, etc. in order to portray the gloomy tone. It is quite evident that this gloomy tone may serve for future foreshadowing throughout the novel.
Mocking: treating with contempt or ridicule Page 143, Chapter 20″The monster saw my determination in my face and gnashed his teeth in the impotence of anger. ‘Shall each man,’ cried he, ‘find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn. Man! You may hate, but beware! Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever. Are you to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness? You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains—revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food! I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery. Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful. I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom. Man, you shall repent of the injuries you inflict.'” This quote portrays an ample amount of words with negative connotations, which helps to illustrate a quite mocking tone. It is quite significant to realize that the relationship between the monster and his creator is quite mocking and ridicule and tension has arisen since the beginning. It would only make sense that when each character refers to each other, they speak in a ridiculing, yet mocking tone.
Forthright: directly frank without hesitation Page 179, Chapter 24″They entered, and their leader addressed me. He told me that he and his companions had been chosen by the other sailors to come in deputation to me to make me a requisition which, in justice, I could not refuse.”The act of the leader addressing this character/speaker is a prime example of an organized way to be forthright; the leader was able to successfully get the character’s attention without hesitation and was inevitably acknowledged.
Matter-of-Fact: accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional Page 158, Chapter 22″‘My dear Friend, It gave me the greatest pleasure to receive a letter from my uncle dated at Paris; you are no longer at a formidable distance, and I may hope to see you in less than a fortnight. My poor cousin, how much you must have suffered! I expect to see you looking even more ill than when you quitted Geneva. This winter has been passed most miserably, tortured as I have been by anxious suspense; yet I hope to see peace in your countenance and to find that your heart is not totally void of comfort and tranquillity.'”This letter provides to be written in a matter-of-fact tone because of how the writer is informing the friend of the events that have been occurring. In order to successfully write a letter to a friend that does not know what has happened recently, it is quite crucial to write it in a matter-of-fact tone.
Derisive: ridiculing, mocking Page 107, Chapter 14″Felix remained with them in expectation of that event; and in the meantime he enjoyed the society of the Arabian, who exhibited towards him the simplest and tenderest affection.”In order to realize why this quote is derisive, one must notice that the feelings the Arabian portrays are quite rude and derisive, when exhibiting his simple and tender affection. I see it as ridiculing that the Arabian does not have an ample amount of affection.
Lyrical: expressing a poet’s inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like Page 82, Chapter 10″We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep.We rise; one wand’ring thought pollutes the day.We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep,Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away;It is the same: for, be it joy or sorrow,The path of its departure still is free.Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;Nought may endure but mutability!”This quote is quite lyrical due to the way it is organized in the book and the way it has rhymes. Based on the structure of this excerpt, one can conclude that it is quite lyrical because of the fact that it is able to be sung, therefore complies with the various rhyme schemes, imagery, enhanced diction, etc.
Intimate: very familiar Page 178, Chapter 24″‘I thank you, Walton,’ he said, ‘for your kind intentions towards so miserable a wretch; but when you speak of new ties and fresh affections, think you that any can replace those who are gone? Can any man be to me as Clerval was, or any woman another Elizabeth?'”This quote is quite intimate because the speaker clearly exemplifies his thankfulness and gratitude for Walton and relates the familiar characters Clerval and Elizabeth in order to fully analyze how to be even more familiar with others.
Gloomy: darkness, sadness, rejection Page 73, Chapter 8″Thus spoke my prophetic soul, as, torn by remorse, horror, and despair, I beheld those I loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts.”This quote exemplifies a quite dark and gloomy tone due to the words that obtain negative connotations such as remorse, horror, despair, vain, sorrow, graves, hapless, unhallowed, etc. These mentioned words are quite significant to the tone because they, in themselves, provide for a gloomy choice of diction.
Jovial: happy, joyous Page 49, Chapter 5″Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval; his presence brought back to my thoughts my father, Elizabeth, and all those scenes of home so dear to my recollection. I grasped his hand, and in a moment forgot my horror and misfortune; I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months, calm and serene joy. I welcomed my friend, therefore, in the most cordial manner, and we walked towards my college.”The word jovial is generally associated with an array of vocabulary words that contain positive diction. The words that comply with the positive connotation used in this excerpt are delight, forgot my horror and misfortune, calm, serene, joy, etc. It is quite crucial to realize that the use of these positively connotative words creates a generally serene, joyous, jovial atmosphere and tone.
Unfavorable: not encouraging or approving or pleasing Page 149, Chapter 21″The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.”Based on this quote, it is quite crucial to realize that the speaker’s disinterest and realization that this is unfavorable leads to the level to which ignorance occurs and the speaker may find the slightest things to be the most interesting.
Judgmental: authoritative and often having critical opinions Page 178, Chapter 24″Must I then lose this admirable being? I have longed for a friend; I have sought one who would sympathize with and love me. Behold, on these desert seas I have found such a one, but I fear I have gained him only to know his value and lose him. I would reconcile him to life, but he repulses the idea.”This quote portrays a quite judgmental tone because of the fact that based on judgments, the speaker has generated an array of characteristics that would compose of his perfect friend: someone to sympathize with him and love him. It is quite crucial to realize that this character must not be quite socially inclined if they have created this image, perhaps due to faulty trials before.
Indignant: marked by anger aroused by injustice Page 178, Chapter 24″‘My beloved Sister — I write to you, encompassed by peril and ignorant whether I am ever doomed to see again dear England and the dearer friends that inhabit it. I am surrounded by mountains of ice which admit of no escape and threaten every moment to crush my vessel. The brave fellows whom I have persuaded to be my companions look towards me for aid, but I have none to bestow. There is something terribly appalling in our situation, yet my courage and hopes do not desert me. Yet it is terrible to reflect that the lives of all these men are endangered through me. If we are lost, my mad schemes are the cause.'”When analyzing this letter excerpt, it is quite crucial to realize that the speaker is quite outraged by external forces. When the speaker uses words such as peril, ignorant, doomed, threaten, etc. he is further exemplifying how he is not very content with this blatantly perilous injustice.
Monotonous: having boring or uninteresting aspects (to which is mostly opinionated) Page 149, Chapter 21 “The first part of this deposition did not in the least interest me, but when the mark of the fingers was mentioned I remembered the murder of my brother and felt myself extremely agitated; my limbs trembled, and a mist came over my eyes, which obliged me to lean on a chair for support.”It is quite crucial to realize that the speaker’s pure disinterest in the initial aspect of the deposition. This perhaps can lead to other entities that become much more exciting, like when the memory of the mark of the fingers came back to him and he instantly recalled the murder of his brother.

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