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Transcript of Frankenstein Characterization
- The monster is described as being hideous and it says not even Dante's Inferno would accept the creature. The monster could also be compared to Pandora's Box because the monster is like the box. When the monster was "released" he caused terror upon Victor and his family.
- The monster is like Mary Shelley because it feels isolated, different, and out of place. They were both different from the average human. He was a monster and she was a dark women.
- They both have lost people close to them and their childhood's were very similar (highly talked about). They were both rebellious because they both did things that were seen as wrong.
- Frankenstein's monster is lonely and is desperate for a lover. No one undertsands that he also has needs and emotions. The fact that he is a living being is ignored.
He was Victor's father and he is very solicitous when Victor is in pain. He is always there for victor.
He was Victor's brother (youngest) and his death tremendously impacted Victor and the creatures relationship. Victor is very low and defeated about his brothers passing.
He was Frankenstein's brother (younger) and he was seen as Victor's apprentice in a way. He was the only survivor. He carried on the Frankenstein name.
Beauforts daughter and was marrried to Allphonse. She extracts scarlet fever frrom Elizabeth and dies before Victor leaves.
He was a friend of Allphonse and
he was a merchant
He is a peasent that encounters the monster. He is blind and thimmks the monster is just a plain human. He treats the creature as a human and cares for him. He is very sympathetic to the monster and understands him. He tells the monster not to worry.
He is the son of DeLacey. He taught Safie to read and write. The monster learned how to read and write from observing Felix's teachings.
She is the
aughter of DeLacey. She was the first to introduce the monster to beauty through her music.
She was the daughter of DeLacey. The monster thought she was beautiful and "angelic". She didn't know how to communicate witht he fellow people. She was taught by Felix and the monster listened to the lessons to learn to talk.
This was Victor's professor, he fed Victor's interest in science and ultimately led Victor to creating the monster.
He shot down Victor's interest in creating life and told him to find interest somewhere else.
He accused Victor of killing Henry. He later is very compassionate to Victor.
- Her father said always be yourself and thats what she did. Professor Waldman told Victor to follow his idea and don't let others shoot down your ideas.
"My person was hideous and my stature gigantic" (Chapter 15)
- Victor is like Mary Shelley because they both deeply questioned themselves. Victor questioned if he could bring the monster back to life. Mary questioned if people would take her seriously when she published this book.
- " Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am soliatry and abhorred." (Chapter 15)
- The monster is a violent ruler. He does everything in his power to ruin Victor's life. He does this by killing many people who are close to Victor and in the end iscolating him from all loved ones. He's also innocent because Victor created his madness. He feels wronged.
- Victor is a creator because he gave life to the monster. He basically created the plot of this story. Without the monster nothing in this story would be relevant. I also feel he can be seen as the protagonist and an antagonist. I believe this because he is completely helpless of the terrible things that happen to him but, he also ignores the monster and treats him very poorly.
- Walton and Mary Shelley were both very lonely. Mary didn't have a lot of family left and nobody could really connect to her on an emotional way. Walton is the same, he hasn't really connected with anybody and he was alone until he met the "stranger".
- I think Walton is an explorer. He is journeying through the arctic learning more and more about the world. He gains all this information by traveling around the world.
- Victor brings the romantic theme of knowledge. He is a scientist who is very curious about the origin of life. He goes mad because of the knowledge he gains.
- Elizabeth is just an innocent person in the middle of this horrorfying battle between Victor and the monster. In the end the innocent always die as she did.
- Henry was the caregiver in my opinion because he took care of Victor when he was ill and even when he wasn't ill. He was jsut a great friend to Victor.
- I see Justine as jsut an innocent perosn because she was falselt accused of murder. In the end she was executed because the monster set her up.
- I think Victor is connected to Paradise lost because his life was great until he abandoned the monster or in Paradise lost sinned. Adam, Eve, and Victor all created their own dilemma and paid the price. Victor could also be compared to Pandora's Box because he was "tempted" to create the creature. Pandora was tempted and opened the box. He can also be compared to Prometheus because they both craeted something that backfired on them.
- I think Elizabeth can be compared to The Ancient Mariner because she is like the albatross. She is just an innocent person caught in the cross hairs of a "war". She like the albatross was killed for no good reason.
- I think Elizabeth and Victor's relationship is parallel to Shelley and Percy's relationship. Both Mary and Elizabeth were faithful to their spouses. Also both Elizabeth and Percy died so there might be a connection there.
- I think Elizabeth brought the romantic theme of love and innosence. She was just an innocent orphan who them married Victor. She fell in love with Victor and they were unbreakable. Until the monster arrived.
- Neither Mary nor Elizabeth had a mother. This forced them to figure out how to become a good mothe ror mother figure for themsleves. They had no guidance in ths area of life. They were self-sufficient.
- I think Walton could be compared to Paradise Lost because like Adam and Eve, Walton's curiousity to see the world was too great. He was temted by the knowledge the world held for him.
- I think Justine can be compared to Mary Shelley's lost loved ones. Justine was wrongly executed and was taken so fast from her loved ones. This relates to Mary Shelley because her loved ones suddenly just left her and I think she feels like they were wrongly taken from her.
- I think Mary Shelley's childhood is symbolized through Henry. I foresee this because Henry is very kind and tender as was Mary Shelley's childhood.
- Henry followed in the foosteps of Victor and Mary Shelley followed in the footsteps of her husband Percy Shelley.
I think Henry brings the Romantic theme of high spirits. Everyone was overjoyed by the increase in interest of literature. Henry was always cheerful and happy.
- I think Walton brings the Romantic theme of curiosity and the drive to collect knowledge. He traveled throughout the Arctic to gain information about the world.
Walton traveled the arctic to see the world. Mary and Percy traveled around Europe a lot. They learned about new places as did Walton.
- Shelley often felt lonely as did Walton. Both Mary and Walton felt iscolated from society. They did not connect with others.
- I think Justine could be compared to The Ancient Mariner because she is like the albatross. She was innocently and wrongly killed for doing nothing. The albatross died for doing nothing also
" The breeze which has traveled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise..."(Letter 1)
"I write a few lines in haste, to say that I am safe, and well advanced on my voyage."
"It became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived." (Chapter 5)
" You, my creator, would tear me to pieces and triumph; remember that and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?" (Chapter 17)
- "For a few moments I gazed with delighton her dark eyes, fringed by deep lashes, and her lovely lips..." (Chapter 16)
" I feel exquiste pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before isfortune had tainted my mind..." (Chapter 2)
" Everyone loved Elizabeth. The passionate and almost reverential attachment with which all regarded hee became, while I shared it, my pride and my delight." (Chapter 1)
" My more than sister, since till death she was to be mine only." (Chapter 1)
" The muderous mark of the fiend's grasp was on her neck, and the breath had ceased to issue from her lips"(Chapter 23)
- Both Mary Shelley and Elizabeth were mother figures. They both cared deeply for the little ones they raised or "mothered". Elizabeth and Mary were both naturally good at being mother figures. They were both compassionate on the subject.
- Throughout the book the monster is again and again harrassed by the fact that he is different. Throughout Mary Shelley's life she was seen and told she was different.
- Both the monster and Mary Shelley tried to fit in to society but were driven away because their ways (or looks) were different and undesirable. This quote shows how
he was alone and no one was like him.
- Both Justine and Mary Shelley felt wrongly accused for something they didnt do or that wasn't wrong. Justine was accused of murder and she was framed. Mary was accused and taunted because she dared ro be different.
- Henry can be compared to Prometheus because like Prometheus he cared for others. When Victor fell ill Henry was their to take care of him. When the people needed fire Prometheus gave it to them. They both wanted to do good things for their people or loved ones.
- Justine brings the heroic theme because she although she wasn't a hero she had all the attributes of one. She was brave and she knew she was going to die and accepted it even though was felt wrongly accused. She saw the situation for what it was.
- They are both companions. Mary is a companion to Percy while Henry is a companion to Victor. They were both there for them when they were in need.
" I had never yet seen a being resembling me or who claimed any intercourse with me." (Chapter 13)
" Henry is perfectly humane, so thoughtful in his generosity, sofull of kindness and tenderness amidst his passion." (Chapter 2)
" I had a friend in one of my schoolfellows, who compensated for this deficiency." (Chapter 1)
" Thus ended a day emorable to me; it decided my future destiny" (Chapter 3)
" If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful..." (Chapter 4)
"But these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes.." (Chapter 5)
- Talks about the horrid creation he made
- Both of them wanted what was best for their loved ones. Justine didn't want anyone to worry about her and didn't want to hurt them. Mary Shelley was the same. She wished the best to her family ecspacially her children.
" What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle..." (Letter 1)
- Walton wonders about adventures to come
" I had worked hard for nearly two years , for the sole purose of infusing life into an inanimate body." (Chapter 5)
" It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accoplishment of my toils" (Chapter 5)
- Victor used his knowledge to create his magnificent catastrophe
" I rushed towards her, and embraced her with ardour; but the deadly langour and coldness of the limbs told me what now I held in my arms" (Chapter 23)
- Victor finds his beloved dead
" I beheld those I love sped vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine." (Chapter 8)
" A thousand times rather would I have confessd myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine" (Chapter 8)
" How entirely I am innocent." (Chapter 8)
" Justine had confessed guilty" (Chapter 8)
- She just wanted the pain to be over with
" Several witnesses were called, who had known hr for years..." (Chapter 8)
- Talks about Justine's court case
""I am," she said" (Chapter8)
- Although a short quote it jsut shows how brave she was to admit something she didn't do
" Henry arrived just in time to care for me" (Chapter 4)
" He was a boy of singular talent and fancy" (Chapter 1)
" You will rejoice to hear that o disaster has accompanied the comencment of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings" (Letter 1)
" That i should find no friend on the wide ocean" (Letter 3)
" They consulted their village priest, and the result was that Elizabeth Lavenza became the