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Frankenstein: Chapter 19
Transcript of Frankenstein: Chapter 19
Theme: Confliction (Being pulled in 2 directions)
Overview of Chapter 19
During this chapter in the novel, Victor and Henry arrive in London and travel around England. Henry is excited about the visit, but Victor focuses more on fulfilling the promise he made to his monster. Victor tries to be alone and work on his second creation but every time he begins to work he dreads what would be happening while he was away from home. He realizes that he has to continue working in order to free himself from his monster and live his life peacefully. Eventually, Henry and Victor receive a letter from a friend in Scotland inviting them to visit, but both have contradicting feelings on if they should go or not. They travel to different places in England, such as Oxford, Matlock, Derby, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Windsor (etc.) where Victor was away from his work for a while but he was impatient for the journey to end so he could finish his lady creature. Victor tells Henry that he wants to tour Scotland alone, but Henry insists to go with Victor not knowing about Victor's plan but eventually they split ways. Victor heads to Orkney Island where he works on his creation in solitude for a while. At the same time Victor talks about how he hates what he is creating and fears to see his monster again. Most of the chapter is about the two men traveling from England to Scotland while Victor tries to be alone to work.
"For my own part I was not sorry. I had now neglected my promise for some time, and I feared the effects of the demon's disappointment. He might remain in Switzerland, and wreak his vengeance on my relatives. This idea pursued me and tormented me at every moment from which I might otherwise have snatched repose and peace. I waited for my letters with feverish impatience; if they were delayed I was miserable and overcome by a thousand fears; and when they arrived and I saw the superscription of Elizabeth or my father, I hardly dared to read and ascertain my fate. Sometimes I thought that the fiend followed me, and might expedite my remissness by murdering my companion. When these thoughts possessed me, I would not quit Henry for a moment, but followed him as his shadow, to protect him from the fancied rage of his destroyer. I felt as if I had committed some great crime, the consciousness of which haunted me. I was guiltless, but I had indeed drawn down a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal as that of crime."
Author's Intended Purpose
The author's intended purpose for Chapter 19 was to outline Victor's and Henry's journey from England to Scotland. Also, it built up the anxiety that Victor felt as he tried to work on his second creation without telling Henry the real purpose of the visit to Scotland. It showed how much Victor thought about what he was going to do and how he actually felt about doing it.
As Victor tries to begin working on the female creature, how does he feel? How are his feelings different from the first time he created life?
Describe Victor's feelings in one word, if possible.
Would you say that Victor is mentally stable during his journey? Why or why not?
What does Victor fear is happening while he is on his journey?
What does Victor say about his childhood in this chapter?
"For an instant I dared to shake off my chains, and look around me with a free and lofty spirit; but the iron had eaten into my flesh, and I sank again, trembling and hopeless, into my miserable self."
connects to the theme of being pulled in 2 different directions because he doesn't want to fulfill his monster's request of creating a female companion but he has to if he wants to be free from his monster both physically and mentally
this quote shows how Victor wants to be free but is "chained" to his promise
the author wanted to show Victor's feelings as a result of the promise he made to his monster
connection: torture methods that physically pulled limbs in 2 directions; The Pit and Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
I enjoyed this scene; and yet my enjoyment was embittered both by the memory of the past, and the anticipation of the future. I was formed for peaceful happiness. During my youthful days discontent never visited my mind; and if I was ever overcome by ennui, the sight of what is beautiful in nature, or the study of what is excellent and sublime in the productions of man, could always interest my heart, and communicate elasticity to my spirits. But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit, what I shall soon cease to be -- a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others, and intolerable to myself.
another connection to being pulled in 2 different directions because it shows his feelings about his decision to help the monster in the metaphor in this passage
connection: the "bolt"= Zeus= The Creation of Man by Prometheus
Zeus wanted to punish man and Prometheus= the "punishment" Victor is going through for creating his monster
Zeus gave Prometheus two options to get out of his punishment: tell him who the mother of the child that would dethrone him was or meet two conditions (an immortal must volunteer to die for him,and a mortal has to kill the eagle and unchain Prometheus)
this quote shows how Victor dreads what the monster could be doing at the same time as he is on his way to Scotland
connection to Spiderman (gains powers, gives Dr. Connors an equation for his research that turns him into a lizard= curse because he created his "problem")