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Chapter 20 of Frankenstien
Transcript of Chapter 20 of Frankenstien
Foreshadowing- This is seen in the story when the monster, consumed with rage, threatens Victors family.
In the chapter both Victor and his monster grow extremely desperate for the improvement of there own lives. It makes them choose decisions that may not be in there best interest's, but as they remain blind from fear and rage, it keep's them trapped in an impossible pit, where neither will ever be-able to compile a common agreement that won't deprive the other of consequences.
Summary of Chapter
" I shall be with you on your wedding night" (Shelley 158)
Chapter 20 of Frankenstein
The Chapter begins with Victor working hard on his new creation, when he begins to wonder how the his new monster may respond to the world.
He worry's that it might not respond to the other monster in a way that will please him, or it may respond by creating children, which could be devastating for many generations.
In this incredible sense of fear after spotting the monster with a disturbing grin on his face, Victor decides to stop working on his new creation, thus breaking the original agreement they had to each other.
After hearing Victor's decision, the monster releases incredible rage, he threatens Victor and declares that he will be with him on his wedding night.
After Victor receives a letter by Clerval, saying that he has grown bored of Scotland and wishes for them to continue there quest. Victor decides to leave his isolated home.
So Victor then loads up a boat and decides to sail away, but not before dumping his half-made monster into the sea, and watches it sink.
He unfortunately gets caught in a terrible storm, where he fears that he may get lost in the open ocean and never return to his soon to be wife and family.
Fortunately he finds land, and while upon his arrival, he notices the locals gather around him quite suspiciously, and treat him in a rather rude way. He soon finds that his in under investigation for a murder which had taken place not long before his random arrival.
"She might become far more
than her mate and delight"(Shelly 155).
Definition- Disposed to cause harm,
suffering, or distress deliberately.
"They might even hate each other; the creature who already lived loathed his own deformity, and might he not conceive a greater
for it when it came before his eye's in the female form" (Shelley 155).
Definition- a feeling of repulsion;
"I had before been moved by the
of the being I had created" (Shelly 156).
Definition- a fallacious argument, especially
one used deliberately to deceive.
I felt a
of who it was and wished
to rouse one of the peasants who dwelt in a cottage not far from mine" (Shelley 157).
Definition- an intuitive feeling about
the future, especially one of
"Little then did I expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of
or death" (Shelley 164).
Definition- public shame or disgrace.
This is show a bit earlier in the story when the monster and Victor make a mutual agreement, which was that Victor will create a new monster. A female companion, to accompany the monster threw the rest of his horrid life. Victor agree's in hope's of keeping him and his family safe
In the chapter Victor suffers and great deal. He is tortured by the thoughts that his new creation may not comply with the monster to disappear into South America. He fears that it may also come after him, or have baby's to plague the earth for generations. Under this intense pressure he cracks, and make a desperate, and rather foolish but understandable decision. To reject the monster of a companion, in a selfish and arrogant attempt to avoid a possible situation that may never happen.
The monster now understands all he needs to know about humanity. In all of his desperate attempts to make a human connection, he is brutally denied, and learn that humans will never be able to see him as one of there own. As he is punished with rage and hatred he finds solitude in the forest, and begins to plot out a plan that will not bring him happiness but perhaps lend him sanity. Unfortunately after lending the monster with hope, Victor denies him. This leaves the monster with nothing to live for but hate and revenge, for all of mankind.
Irony- The irony is the fact that Victor tried desperately to find a way to create life, when he in fact destroys it.
This was said by the monster in chapter 20.
The monster was incredibly mad at Victor
for denying him a companion. The quote
serves as a threat from the monster
to Victor. It symbolizes the monster
want for revenge and hatred he has for
Victor. He wants him to suffer the same
loneliness that the monster
"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"
This appears in chapter 3 when Victor explain, though the inspiration of his professor what he wishes to do. This is an extremely important
moment for the story because it reveals
the passion and ambition behind what
Victor wanted to do, and how he was
extremely naive into what he
thought would be doing.
"This was then the reward of my benevolence! 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 feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind"
This appears in chapter 16, when the monster saves a young girl from drowning in a stream and his repaid by being shot at with a gun. This the point in the novel
when, although the monster means well, realizes
that the world is an indifferent place, and nothing
will change that. He then creates a passionate
hatred for mankind which he hold threw
much of the book.
The story Frankenstein features many theme's, some include, a longing to belong to somebody, as we see in both the monster's need for a companion, and the insanity driven Victor from being left isolated from family and friends, which he eventually intensely fears loosing. Another theme, which may be the main one, is the ignorance of mankind, in its pursuit of gaining far two much knowledge for its own good. It may also serve as an important metaphor for the world Mary Shelley lived in. 1817- the world was starting to see the rise in industry and was in the middle of the industrial revolution. Times were moving fast, while inventions, and discovery's were being made all around the world. It might have been a thought that all may not be good. Mary Shelley may have been trying to relay a message, that even in today's world, as we invent new robots and venture into the deep gulfs of space, we insistently demand that whatever answers we are looking for will bring us relief, and resolution. When in fact, as the writer H.P Lovecraft would say, the answers to our deepest questions may not be what we expect, but to the contrary, are curiosity and
fear of the unknown may lead us to an answer so indefinably
horrifying that it drives us to insanity. Much like Victor
when he found the answer to creating life.
Metaphor- The message that knowledge could be dangerous reflects much on our society.
Symbolism- The boat that Victor takes to
sea can be symbolic of Victor himself,
who gets caught in a storm of emotions
much like the boat does in the storm.
I also found that when Victor leaves his home and sails away, he notices how calm the water is, representing how calm and normal his childhood was. When the storm hits, it represents the current emotional turmoil he is going through. While in the storm he begins to worry about being isolated and lost in sea, the same feeling's he has towards losing his family to the monster, he fears of being alone. The storm is a clear representation of Victor's life revealing Pathetic Fallacy