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Chapter 4 of Frankenstein
Transcript of Chapter 4 of Frankenstein
In chapter 4, the creator, Victor Frankenstein, having a fascination with human anatomy, starts to become obsessive over the start of what is to become a creature. Over time, Victor separates himself from his friends, family, and reality. By collecting different body parts, his work is kept in "a solitary chamber." Throughout the chapter, Frankenstein becomes more and more ardent towards this man made creation, but soon becomes mentally exhausted. At first what seems to be a simple fascination turns into nothing more than a disaster. Significant Quotes:
"After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life...I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." (38)
Alexis Becker, Anna Zemkoski, Kyle Olsen, and Taylor Snyder. Themes
Ambition: leads Victor to forget about the outside world and become devoted to the creature.
Isolation: Victor loses sight of reality, and devotes all of his time and effort towards his creation, isolating himself from friends and family.
"I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large." (39) "The summer months passed while I was thus engaged, heart and soul, in one pursuit." (41) "Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow-creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime."(42) Motifs
New Life: "One of the phenomena which had
peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life." This quote is significant with "new life" because it shows Victor's infatuation with the characteritics of life.
The motif of new life occurs the whole time the narrator is speaking throughout chapter 4. He involves his new knowledge that he gradually inquired from trial and error to create life from non living creatures of God. Victor was fascinated by the idea of creating new life.
"One secret which I had alone possessed was the hope to which I dedicated myself; and the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places." (40)
Victor: Throughout chapter 4 Victor's character went from attaining knowledge from college Professor Krempe to being independent and pre-occupied with his own work. Victor learned to develop his own ideas and make creations of his own.
Victor soon learned that isolating himself from the rest of the world would put him in a state of "slavery". For example Victor states "I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit." (40) This quote expresses all of the time and effort Victor put into making his creation come alive.
He soon loses touch of reality and grows more enthusiastic towards his project. It's as if anticipation is eating at him day after day thoughout this long and enduring process. Simile
"Not that, like a magic scene, it opened upon me at once: the information I had obtained was of a nature rather to direct my endeavours so soon as I should point them towards the object of my search, than to exhibit that object already accomplished."(38)
"No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success." (40)
"It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest, or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage: but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature." (41)
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