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Frankenstein Chapter 22
Transcript of Frankenstein Chapter 22
Victor arrived in Ireland, and was immediately accused to be a murderer by the townsfolk.
When Victor found out the victim was Clerval, he was sickened by the events and went into delirium. He remained delirious for two months.
The magistrate, Mr. Kirwin, gave Victor the best jail cell and hired a physician and a nurse to care for him.
Mr. Kirwin also contacted Victor’s father and collected evidence in Victor’s defense. Because of his efforts, Victor was found not guilty of the murder and was freed after three months in prison. Victor and his father headed toward Geneva.
Despite all efforts made by his father to comfort him, Victor was still encompassed by the gloom caused by his guilt and worries. He needed medicine just to sleep and often had nightmares.
During the trip back to
, Victor stayed in Paris for some time to recuperate. Victor’s father continuously cared for Victor, and tried to convince Victor to “seek amusement in society”.
Victor felt very
from society. He thought that he no longer deserves to be among men because he had unleashed a monster among them.
Victor continuously blamed himself for the death of Justine, William, and Henry Clerval. His father was concerned about his fits and either asked for an explanation or assumed these were the product of
Victor chose not to tell his father about the monster he created not only because his father would not believe him, but also because he did not want to retell the horrifying experience to others.
Victor eventually calmed down and was able to control his urges to declare his
About one week later, Victor returned to Geneva. When she saw the sickly state Victor was in, Elizabeth was sad.
Victor’s fits of
soon returned, which either caused him to be furious or to be despondent. Only Elizabeth can soothe Victor.
Victor’s father spoke to Victor about his upcoming marriage with Elizabeth. Knowing the threats made by the Monster, Victor accepted it reluctantly.
Victor also foreshadows that he
the monster’s true intentions.
The marriage ceremony was prepared, the congratulations to the couple were received, and their honeymoon was planned. Victor tried his best to hide his sadness from others and to defend himself against the monster’s attacks. Elizabeth was happy, but her happiness was soon worn away by the
of Victor’s dreadful secret.
After the ceremony, Elizabeth and Victor traveled to a villa that Elizabeth
. They enjoyed the scenery during the trip.
Victor noticed Elizabeth was upset. She told him that despite her sadness, she was content in her heart. However, her feelings were
, and her sadness would sometimes take over.
The sun set as the ship landed at shore. Victor gave us one last
in his last sentence.
Shortly after Victor left Paris, he received a letter from Elizabeth. She was worried about Victor’s health and
waited for his return.
Elizabeth wrote that she often wondered if Victor regretted their connection, and asked Victor if he did not want to marry her. She told him how much she loved him, but she would not be happy if he wasn’t happy with the marriage, and she simply wanted the
for him. She did not want to make him miserable, and she just needed Victor to give her an answer.
Elizabeth’s letter reminded him of the monster’s threats, and renewed Victor of his worries about his death. Victor realized he was willing to
sooner if he was able to bring happiness to Elizabeth and the rest of his family.
Victor wrote back to Elizabeth and told her how much she
to him. However, he told her that he have a dreadful secret, and will explain when they are married. He also told her to tell no one about this secret.
Frankenstein Chapter 22
If you were Victor, would you be able to keep this "horrible secret" from Elizabeth?
If you were Elizabeth, what would you think Victor's "horrible secret" is? Would you be concerned?
According to the foreshadowing included in this chapter, what do you think will happen in the next chapter?
Consummate- to fulfill, finish.
The wishes of Caroline was consummated by the marriage of Victor and Elizabeth.
Diffidence- reluctance, doubt.
Victor's diffidence in marrying Elizabeth worried Elizabeth.
Imperious- authoritative, commanding.
Even though Victor was his creator, the monster treated Victor in an imperious manner.
The views from the ship were paradisacal; the sceneries had an unearthly beauty.
Elements of Enlightenment and Romanticism:
“I abhorred the face of man. Oh, not abhorred! they were my brethren, my fellow beings, and I felt attracted even to the most repulsive among them as to creatures of an angelic nature and celestial mechanism. But I felt that I had no right to share their intercourse. I had unchained an enemy among them, whose joy it was to shed their blood and to revel in their groans. How they would, each and all, abhor me, and hunt me from the world, did they know my unhallowed acts and the crimes which had their source in me!”
Theme: Alienation and Loneliness
Conflict: Man vs. Self
“‘Alas! My father,’ said I, ‘how little do you know me. Human beings, their feelings and passions, would indeed be degraded if such a wretch as I felt pride. Justine, poor unhappy Justine, was as innocent as I, and she suffered the same charge; she died for it; and I am the cause of this--I murdered her. William, Justine, and Henry--they all died by my hands.’”
“The sweet girl welcomed me with warm affection; yet tears were in her eyes as she beheld my emaciated frame and feverish cheeks. I saw a change in her also. She was thinner and had lost much of that heavenly vivacity that had before charmed me; but her gentleness and soft looks of compassion made her a more fit companion for one blasted and miserable as I was” (Shelley 20).
Elizabeth’s description revealed not only a change in noticeable characteristics, but also shows her feelings for Victor. How she had been so worried about Victor’s feelings and condition might have attributed to the change. The change might also indicate her worries about Victor’s horrible secrets and what he have been through.
Frankenstein’s monster murdered William and Henry, and was the cause of Justine’s execution. Victor Frankenstein felt responsible for the deaths since he created the thing that caused them. Victor continuously tried to confess the deaths because he felt the weight of being responsible and felt like he should be punished for causing it.
The quote demonstrates the theme alienation and loneliness because Victor felt very lonely at this point in the novel. He had accidentally unleashed a monster that is hurting everyone close to him, and that monster might just terrorize mankind. He was responsible for creating that monster that could cause humans so much pain and sorrow. Thus, he felt that he no longer deserves to be among men and to receive their kindness and company.
“My father had often, during my imprisonment, heard me make the same assertion; when I thus accused myself he sometimes seemed to desire an explanation, and at others he appeared to consider it as the offspring of delirium, and that, during my illness, some idea of this kind had presented itself to my imagination, the remembrance of which I preserved in my convalescence.” (Shelley 4).
The quotation shows the Enlightenment’s belief of logic and reason because Victor’s father sought an explanation for Victor’s condition. Other times, he concluded that they were the symptoms of delirium. The quotation also shows the Romantic views on the power of imagination because Victor’s father concluded Victor’s delirium was caused by ideas presented to his imagination that were preserved in his mind.
Shelley, Mary. "Frankenstein." The Online Literature
Library. Web. 18 May 2015.
Shelley, Mary W.
. Clayton: Prestwick
House, 2005. Print.