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Frankenstein Chapter 16
Transcript of Frankenstein Chapter 16
•After the rejection of Felix, the creature thinks every human being hates him for no fair reason. He swears to seek revenge on all people.
•The creature wants to re-introduce himself to De Lacey, but he finds out that they all eagerly move out of the cottage.
•After De Lacey’s family left, the creature ruins the garden and also set the cottage on fire.
•The creature thinks that all his misfortunes are caused by his heartless creator. So he is planning to go to Geneva to avenge.
•The creature saved a girl who was almost drowned, but he was later shooted by a rustic.
•The creature met William and he killed him because William said his father was Frankenstein.
•The creature framed dormant Justine with the picture.
Why is this chapter important?
•It shows that mental development of the creature.
•Because the rejection of the cottagers and unfair treatments from all people, the creature is treating all human beings as his enemies.
•His hatred is greatest towards Victor and he starts his revenge on Victor.
•He tells about how William died and how Justine got involved in the William’s death.
•He asks Victor to create another creature for him.
•These all foreshadow the events that are coming up.
"I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death.” pg118 para4
Because the departure of the cottagers, the creature felt that he was abandoned. He had tried to be a good person, but this doesn't change people's impression of him. He is getting mad right now and swear to against all mankind.
What we learn about the character?
•This chapter is the transition of a loving creature to a ruthless monster.
•His desire of revenge becomes more and more follow by the chapter. He is turning into a monster that is full of rage and hatred.
But from his action of saving the girl, we can see he is still kind- hearted.
•The creature is still desire of companionship. At the end, he asks Victor to create a creature that is similar to him to be his companion.
By Jiawen Ou
Frankenstein Chapter 16
"Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery." Pg116 para1
The creature thinks his sufferings were caused by Victor's cruelty and indifference. At this point, he doesn't care about anything; he doesn't afraid anyone sees him destroy the cottage anymore. He declares a war against all human beings, especially his creator--- Victor.
This is the ending of the creature's story. In this chapter, the creature is turning into a cruel monster. The truth of William's death and involvement of Justine were also uncovered.
The elements of the Romantic Literature in this chapter include the nature.
"One morning, however, finding that my path lay through a deep wood, I ventured to continue my journey after the sun had risen; the day, which was one of the first of spring, cheered even me by the loveliness of its sunshine and the balminess of the air. I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure, that had long appeared dead, revive within me. Half surprised by the novelty of these sensations, I allowed myself to be borne away by them; and, forgetting my solitude and deformity, dared to be happy. Soft tears again bedewed my cheeks, and I even raised my humid eyes with thankfulness towards the blessed sun which bestowed such joy upon me." Pg120 para2
The creature said the sun delights him to be temporarily happy. His desire for revenge was replaced with the happiness. This suggests that the nature has a healing power.
Feelings and emotions: The rejection of the cottagers hurt the creature's feelings. The creature thinks everyone hated him based on his appearance. These feelings turned into the desire for revenge.
~ The End ~