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Transcript of Frankenstein quotes
by Mary Shelley Quote 1 I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world. Explanation of Quote 1 This quote was taken from the introduction. It shows the relationship between the author and the book, the creater and the monster, and the multiple themes within the book. Quote 2 Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me? Explanation of Quote 2 This quote was from the mouth of the monster. By him saying this, it shows why the monster behaves the way he does towards Victor for creating him and then leaving him to be on his own. Quote 3 What may not be expected in a country of eternal light? Explanation of Quote 3 This quote comes from Walton’s first letter to his sister in England. It encapsulates one of the main themes of Frankenstein—that of light as a symbol of knowledge and discovery. Walton’s quest to reach the northernmost part of the earth is similar in spirit to Victor’s quest for the secret of life: both seek ultimate knowledge, and both sacrifice the comfort of the realm of known knowledge in their respective pursuits. Additionally, the beauty and simplicity of the phrasing epitomize the eighteenth-century scientific rationalists’ optimism about, and trust in, knowledge as a pure good. A quote taken from Walton's first letter to his sister. It is an insight on the theme throughout the book. It applies to Walton's and Victor's quest for ultimate knowledge. Quote 4 Explanation of Quote 4 So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation. Victors words in chapter 3. He was speaking to Walton about his strong desire he has to gain knowledge on the secret life. He speaks in third person to make a point to himself that he is determined. Quote 5 I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. Explanation of Quote 5 In Walton’s final letter to his sister. A memory of the words the monster spoke over Victors dead body. It shows why the monster acts way he does. by: Zoë Joseph :)