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Frankenstein Chapters 13-16
Transcript of Frankenstein Chapters 13-16
- Felix starts to seem unhappy, but that changes when a beautiful woman named Safie comes to see him and stays with them
- Through Felix's teachings to Safie, the creature learns and understands just as well, if not more than Safie, the material that Felix is teaching
-The creature starts to comprehend human society and realizes he is not normal (deformed and lonely)
- Also, the creature learns the meaning of a family and human relationships which makes him feel more isolated and he begins to question his purpose
-The monster discovers the history behind Felix and his family
-De Lacey, Agatha and Felix were important and well respected members of the Paris community
-Safie's father was a Turkish merchant who was accused of an unknown crime for which he was sentenced to death
-Felix told Safie's father of his plan to help him escape
-After Felix helps them escape to Italy, it is revealed that Safie's father secretly does not want his daughter to marry Felix because he is a Christian
-The government finds out about Felix helping the Turkish man escape and throws De Lacey and Agatha in prison
-Felix returns to Paris to confess to the crime hoping to free De Lacey and Agatha, but he did not succeed because they were confined for 5 months before the trial took place, then stripped of their fortune and exiled from the country as a result of the trial
-Felix and his family then moved to the cottage in Germany where the creature found them
-After discovering the whereabouts of Felix through her father's papers, Safie set off with a sum of money, jewels that belonged to her and an attendant to find Felix in Germany
-One day in August after coming home from collecting food and firewood, the creature finds a leathern portmanteau containing clothing and books
-The books consisted of "Paradise Lost" and "Sorrows of Werter", which the creature would read while the family worked
-The "Sorrows of Werter" caused the creature to ask himself many questions about his origin (who was he, what was he, and where did he come from?)
-The creature read "Paradise Lost" as a true history, not fiction
-The creature starts comparing himself and his story to that of "Paradise Lost", comparing himself to Adam and Satan
-After learning how to read, the creature now reads the letters in the pocket of the clothing he had taken from Victor's laboratory . The creature is disgusted to learn his creator's true thoughts of him and questions why his creator would create a creature that even he feared
-The creature decides he wants to meet and be accepted by the family and he decides to reveal himself to his protectors when the old blind man De Lacey was alone as the creature had discovered that the chief object of horror with people who meet him is his appearance
-The creature has a conversation with De Lacey while Safie, Agatha and Felix are out at a neighboring fair
-At the sight of the creature, Agatha faints, Safie runs from the cottage and Felix charges at the creature
-Felix starts beating the creature with a stick and although the creature knows he could rip Felix apart, he is hurt by the fact he is not accepted and he leaves the cottage to return to his hovel
-Because of the pain that came from the family not accepting him, the creature wants to take out his anger by causing havoc and enjoying the ruin
-The creature declares war against mankind and Victor in specific because he had created him
-Because of the interaction between the family and the creature, the family has decided to permanently vacate the cottage as soon as possible
-Not knowing where to go, the creature decides to head towards Geneva because that is home of his creator, Victor
-After the creature saved a girl from drowning in a stream, the person the girl is with came up, snatched the girl from the creature`s hands and left hastily. When the creature followed, the man took out a gun and fired at the creature before escaping into the woods
-While in a field, the creature comes across a boy (WIlliam Frankenstein) and wants to take the child and raise him to like the creature. However, after discovering the boy`s identity, the creature strangles and murders him
-The creature entered the barn where Justine was sleeping because after he murdered the boy, he sought a hiding place.
-The creature realized that if Justine woke up, she would blame him for the murder of William so he placed the portrait of Caroline that he had taken from William in the folds of Justine`s dress
-The creature tells Victor that since the creature is lonely, Victor must create a mate for the creature Chapter 13:
Character vs Society: Pg 82-86, the creature struggles to discover the ways of knowledge in human society as he learns of human behaviour, language, cultures, history and the mechanics of the human body
"They made many signs which I did not comprehend" (pg 82)
Character vs Self/Society: Pg 85, "I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me: I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge" the creature is fighting the knowledge he has learned about how he is different than everybody else/ man kind (fighting with how society is/what he is)
Character vs Society: Pg 86, "The injustice of his sentence was very flagrant; all Paris was indignant; and it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation." There was no evidence that the Turkish man had done anything wrong, but the government had him trialed for a crime seemingly based off of his religion and wealth.
Character vs Character/Society: Pg 88, "He loathed the idea that his daughter should be united to a Christian" The Turkish man does not want Felix to marry his daughter even though he promised Felix that he could. Also, he does not want them to get married because Felix is a Christian.
Character vs Society: Pg 89, "They remained confined for five months before the trial took place; the result of which deprived them of their fortune and condemned them to a perpetual exile from their native country." De Lacey, Agatha and Felix were stripped of their fortune and exiled from the country for having anything to do with the escape of a wrongly accused Turkish man.
Character vs Character: Pg 94, "He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him." The creature hates Victor, because Victor abandoned him, leaving him alone, confused, sad and lonely.
Character vs Character: Pg 97, "I could have torn him limb from limb, as the lion rends the antelope. But my heart sunk within me as with bitter sickness." When Felix sees the creature, he attacks him and beats him violently with a stick. The creature knows he could easily kill Felix, but he is emotionally hurt because Felix who he considered family treats him the way everyone else does.
Character vs Society: Pg 97, "No: from that moment I declared ever-lasting war against the species." The creature has been isolated and since society will not accept him he declares a war against society.
Character vs Character/Society: Pg 101, "I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone." The creature saved a girl from drowning, and he was shot by the person that was with her when the creature was just trying to help the girl. This shows how not just the one man, but society as a whole, will be against the creature solely based off of his physical appearance, even if he does good deeds.
Character vs Character: "'Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy --- to him whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim". The creature kills William simply because he is related to Victor. Chapter 13:
Happiness and Joy: The mood of the cottagers changes from sadness to happiness with the arrival of Safie. Also, during this chapter, the creature seems to feel like he is a part of their family and their lives.
Sadness and Despair: Through trying to help an innocent man escape from prison, Felix is betrayed by the man, stripped of his fortune and him and his family are exiled from their country.
Depressing: The creature discovers how his creator really feels about him and it is in a negative way. Also, when the creature tries to connect with the cottagers, they reject him and are terrified of him.
Angry and Hateful: The creature seeks revenge against mankind and his creator because they have wronged him. Also, he kills William Frankenstein and frames Justine Moritz out of hatred for society and Victor Frankenstein. Chapter 13:
Romantic- pg. 84: "Was man, indeed at once so powerful, so virtuous, and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?" The creature questions how man can be good and evil at the same time
Gothic- pg. 85: "Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?" The creature questions his purpose and if he is meant to be an outcast
Gothic- pg. 86: "What was I?" The creature questions his being and his background
Gothic- pg. 86: "The injustice of his sentence was very flagrant; all Paris was indignant; and it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation" It is Gothic because the man is being sent to prison solely because of his status and beliefs
Gothic- pg. 91: "The disquisitions upon death and suicide were calculated to fill me with wonder" The creature is curious about the ideas of death and suicide
Romantic- pg. 91: "Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination?" Questions the creature asks himself
Romantic- pg. 93: "Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?" The creature is wondering why he would bring him into the world if even he was disgusted by him
Romantic- pg. 93-94: "I remembered Adam's suplication to his Creator. But where was mine?" The creature is curious about why his creator chose to create him.
Romantic/Gothic- pg. 97: "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did i live? Why, in that instant, did i not extinguish the spark of existence which you had wantonly bestowed?" The creature is asking why Victor created him and why he must be alive making it both romantic and gothic
Gothic- pg. 97: "I, like the arc-fiend, bore a hell within me; and, finding myself unsympathized with, wished to tear up the trees, spread havoc and destruction around me, and then to have sat down and enjoyed the ruin." The creature is turning his isolation into darkness and anger and wants to take it out on inanimate objects
Gothic- pg. 101: 'Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind" The creature now officially hates all of mankind Chapter 13:
Discovery and Knowledge: Safie and the creature are both discovering the ways of Felix`s society and expanding their knowledge.
Cause and Effect: Felix frees the Turkish man, but through this act he gets his family stripped of their wealth and exiled from their country.
Belief vs Reality & Point of View: The creature is finally able to understand the notes that Victor wrote around the time of his creation and discovers that Victor was horrified by the creation of the creature. Also, after having lived in the hovel for a long time, the creature finally makes an attempt to communicate with the cottagers, hoping they`ll accept him. However, the cottagers are just as scared of him and treat him the same way as everyone else does.
Revenge: The creature murders William Frankenstein just because the creature has sworn revenge on Victor and William is related to Victor. The creature also declares ever-lasting war against mankind because of the way they treat him. The creature:
Chapter 13 pg. 82-86: Learns how to speak Felix`s language, learns about different cultures around the world and how human relations and families work
pg. 85: Questions his purpose and if he is destined to have everybody fear him
Chapter 14 pg. 87: The creature is smart enough to bring proof to back up his stories as he has copies of the letters that Safie sent Felix
Chapter 15 pg. 91: The creature starts to question his origin once again after reading ``Sorrows of Werter``
pg. 92: Creature starts to compare himself to Adam from ``Paradise Lost`` but since Adam was made beautiful and given a mate, wonders why Victor made him so horrifying
Chapter 16 pg. 97: The creature questions why he is alive and also starts to feel feelings of rage and revenge. This shows the creature has developed a hateful personality
pg. 97: Declares war against human kind because he has begun to turn his isolation into anger and rage
pg. 99: ``For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them ; but, allowing myself to be borne away by the steam, I bent my mind towards injury and death`` Now he has changed his mind to wanting to be accepted to hurting those who don`t accept him
pg. 101: He saves a girl from drowning showing his sympathetic side but then the man accompanying the girl shoots him, sending him back to feelings of rage
pg. 103: ``Thanks to the lessons of Felix and the sanguinary laws of man, I had learned how to work mischief.``This shows he is becoming more clever and cunning
Chapter 13 pg. 82: He seems depressed and sighs frequently
pg. 82: His mood changes when an Arabian woman named Safie arrives and he becomes happy
Chapter 14 pg. 87: Horrified how Safie`s father is trialed solely for his religion and wealth, showing Felix`s morality
pg. 87: When he tells Safie`s father of his plans to help him escape, the man offers Felix rewards of wealth which Felix turns down, showing he is helping the man out of the goodness of his heart
pg. 89: After Felix finds out that Agatha and De Lacey have been arrested, he returns home to take credit for the crime, showing his bravery
Chapter 15 pg. 97: He attacks the creature, showing his bravery
Chapter 16 pg. 98-99: Although he still has 3 months left at the cottage, Felix decides to leave the cottage with his family because the creature scared his father, showing he puts family above money