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Frankenstein Fever Chart

Fever Chart on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for A.P. Lit.
by

Lindsay Matalon

on 30 November 2014

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Tone Word: Nostalgic
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Level of Sympathy / Blame
Event
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... As Victor said, "A
FEVER

succeeded to this" (Shelley 122).
Frankenstein
Review:
Fever
Chart

Y-Axis Scale And Explanation
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-2
Neutral
The character is completely guilty. I don't see how the character can be considered worthy of sympathy based on his actions during this event.
The character is for the most part guilty, but I can see how he is worthy of some sympathy during this event.
The character is for the most part worthy of sympathy, but I can see how he can be considered somewhat guilty during this event.
The character is completely worthy of sympathy. I don't see how the character can be considered guilty based on his actions during this event.
Chart Key
The Monster
Victor Frankenstein
LINDSAY MATALON PERIOD 2
Frankenstein

Fever
Chart

* Events are placed in chronological order as they are presented in the story of
Frankenstein.
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Event 1:
Victor abandons the monster after just having brought him to life.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
2
Monster ~
-2

Quote:
"How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?" (Shelley 34).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 2:
The monster murders William Frankenstein, Victor's brother, to avenge Victor's abandonment.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
-1
Monster ~
2

Quote:
"Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child.
He
[the monster] was the murderer! I could not doubt it. The mere presence of the idea was an irresistible proof of the fact" (Shelley 48).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 3:
Justine Moritz, a woman that lived with the Frankenstein family after her mother died, is framed by the monster for murdering William. The monster put a photograph that William was carrying in her pocket. She confesses falsely to the crime out of fear, and is executed.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
1
Monster ~
2

Quote:
"She [Justine] indeed gained the resignation she desired. But I, the true murderer, felt the never-dying worm alive in my bosom, which allowed of no hope or consolation" (Shelley 57).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 4:
When the monster asks Victor to make him a female counterpart, Victor agrees. However, when Victor is already in the process of creating the new creature, he decides against his promise. Thinking he is doing the right thing, Victor destroys the female while his living monster watches.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
2
Monster ~
-2

Quote:
"Shall each man 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. ... Are you to be happy, while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?" (Shelley 116).
• Speaker ~ The Monster
Event 5:
The monster murders Henry Clerval, Victor's best friend, after Victor destroys the female that was being made for him.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
-1
Monster ~
1

Quote:
"Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life? Two I have already destroyed; other victims await their destiny: but you, Clerval, my friend, my benefactor" (Shelley 122).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 6:
After seeing Henry's dead body and being accused of the murder, Victor becomes insane and must stay in a bed in a prison cell for months.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
-1
Monster ~
1

Quote:
"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" (Shelley 123).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 7:
Even after feeling remorse for killing Henry, when the monster sees that Victor is trying to be happy again and plans to marry Elizabeth, the monster murders Elizabeth. Victor, however, assumed that the monster had intentions of killing him when the monster warned him that he would be with Victor on his wedding night.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
2
Monster ~
2

Quote:
"While I still hung over her [Elizabeth] in the agony of despair, I happened to look up. ... The shutters had been thrown back; and, with a sensation of horror not to be described, I saw at the window a figure the most hideous and abhorred. A grin was on the face of the monster; he seemed to jeer, as with his fiendish finger he pointed towards the corpse of my wife" (Shelley 136).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 8:
After the murder of Elizabeth and the death of his father, Victor makes it his life mission to chase down the monster and destroy him. The monster welcomes this chase.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
-2
Monster ~
1

Quote:
"By thee, O Night, and by the spirits that preside over thee, I swear to pursue the dæmon, who caused this misery, until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict" (Shelley 140).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 9:
After striving to catch up to the monster for quite a while, Victor dies on Robert Walton's ship, essentially due to his exhaustion.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
-1
Monster ~
1

Quote:
"Alas! the strength I relied on is gone; I feel that I shall soon die, and he, my enemy and persecutor, may still be in being. Think not, Walton, that in the last moments of my existence I feel that burning hatred, and ardent desire of revenge, I once expressed, but I feel myself justified in desiring the death of my adversary" (Shelley 151).
• Speaker ~ Victor
Event 10:
After seeing his creator, the only person the monster ever had any true interaction with, is dead, the monster decides to commit suicide.

Y-Axis Key:
Victor ~
1
Monster ~
-1

Quote:
"I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these bumming mysteries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames" (Shelley 156).
• Speaker ~ The Monster
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