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Frankenstein Chapter 6
Transcript of Frankenstein Chapter 6
Henry Clerval, one of Victors good friends, is trying to restore Victor back to health
Victor receives a letter from Elizabeth concerning his health.
In the letter Elizabeth also clues Victor in on whats been going on at home.
Elizabeth informs Victor about Justine Mortiz and her relevance to the family because she thought Victor might not remember her.
Justine was previously the servent at Elizabeth’s household but her mother made her return home
Justine's mom accused her for the death of her siblings
Shortly after, Justine's mother died and she then returned to Elizabeth's household.
Victors writes back to Elizabeth talking about his adventures with his good friend Henry Clerval.
Victor also writes about his intentions to come back to Geneva but there's always some reason why he can't.
Health- In Elizabeth's letter to Victor she talks about her and the families concern for his health. " You have been ill, very ill, and even the constant letter of dear kind Henry are not sufficient to reassure me on you account" (Shelley 53).
Friendship- One of Victors friends Henry or as he's most referred to in the book as Clerval, comes to visit and tries to nurse Victor back to health. "Clerval writes that indeed you are getting better" (Shelley 53).
Family- Even though Victor tried to isolate himself and completely ignore his friends and family members for years, they still tried to reach out to him through letters. Elizabeth's letter talks about how everyone misses him and wishes he would return to Geneva. "Get well-and return to us. You will find a happy, cheerful home, and friends who love you dearly" (Shelley 53).
“Get well-and return to us. You will find a happy, cheerful home, and friends who love you dearly” (Shelley 53).
“She sometimes begged Justine to forgive her unkindness, but much oftener accused her of having caused the deaths of her brothers and sister” (Shelley 55).
“She died on the first approach of cold weather, at the beginning of last winter, Justine has returned to us” (Shelley 55).
“One of my first duties on my recovery was to introduce Clerval to the several professors the university” (Shelley 56).
“I had conceived a violent antipathy even to the name of natural philosophy” (Shelley 56).
Extreme Emotion- "When I was otherwise quite restored to health, the sight of a chemical instrument would renew all the agony of my nervous system" (Shelley 56).
Lost Innocence- " Ever since the fatal night, the end of my labours, and the beginning of my misfortunes, I had conceived a violent antipathy to the name of natural philosophy" (Shelley 56).
Isolation- Victor has isolated himself from his loved ones, moving so far away from Geneva and neglecting to write to his family or communicate with them in any way. " Write, dearest Victor- one line- one word would be a blessing to us" (Shelley 55).
Elizabeth- In her letter to Victor, Elizabeth shows her concern with his health and goes from being highly concerned to being optimistic. "Get well- and return to us. You will find a happy,cheerful home, and friends who love you dearly" (Shelley 53).
Victor- With receiving Elizabeth's letter, Victor brings himself out of isolation in order to respond to his family to ease their worries about him being sick.
Allusion- "Justine, you may remember, was a great favorite of yours; and I recollect you once remarked, that if you were in an ill-humor, one glance from Justine could dissipate it, for the same reason that Ariosto gives concerning the beauty of Angelica-she looked so frank-hearted and happy" (Shelley 54).
Foreshadowing- In Elizabeth's letter, she foreshadows William's death in chapter 7 by saying things such as "little darling William" and "rosey with health" (Shelley 55).
Paradox- "M. Waldman inflicted torture when he prased, with kindness and warmth, the astonishing progresses I had made in the sciences" (Shelley 56).
Character Development Continued
Justine- As described in Elizabeth's letter Justine shows that she can be a loyal family member, to the Frankenstein's, even after being treated poorly by her blood family.
Henry Clerval- Henry is a friend of Victor's who goes off to Ingolstadt with him and ends up taking on the role of being his caretaker while he is sick.