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Frankenstein - Chapters 23 & 24
Transcript of Frankenstein - Chapters 23 & 24
He decides to seek out his creation with a mind set on revenge.
He visits the graves of his friends who were killed by the monster and is overtaken by hate for the creature.
"By the sacred earth on which I kneel, by the shades that wander near me, by the deep and eternal grief that I feel, I swear... let him feel the despair that now torments me." (Shelley, 193)
He tracks the monster for many months, following small clue, and by happenstance sees him enter a ship headed for the black sea.
He follows his creation further and further north, only surviving on his lust for revenge, and supposed miracles providing him with just enough food and drink to keep going.
Victor occasionally found markings or carvings left by the monster taunting him and leading him onwards.
He later stumbles upon a dogsled, who's driver was dead, he catches a glimpse of the monster and begins chase, gaining on him at a steady rate.
When the two are within a mile of eachother, the ice breaks up, and the two are seperated.
Victor is trapped on an ice flow, awaiting death, only to be saved by the ship of Walter.
He asks Walter to fulfill his revenge on the creature, and avenge the death's of Elizabeth, William, Clerval, and Victor's father. Character Development Evidence of the Gothic & Romantic Era Themes The Creation We see that the creature is not trying to escape, as he leaves clues and hints to taunt Victor, and make sure he does not lose him.
"My reign is not over." (Shelley, 194) Victor Frankenstein Victor begins to completely abhor his life as the creature has made it a living hell.
He even describes how his most joyous hours are when he is asleep.
"O blessed sleep!... The spirits that guarded me had provided these moments, or rather hours, of happiness that I might retain strength to fulfil my pilgrimage." (Shelley, 195) Gothic Era There is much evidence in this chapter of the Gothic era as they travel through a barren wasteland, with almost no people.
It is cold, lonely, and depressing.
Victor is depressed and feeling very dark, and his only motive is to kill and have vengeance. Romantic Era There is not as much evidence of the romantic era, but there is still the idea of follow your heart.
He is driven by passion, and emotion. The need for revenge can push one past their physical or mental boundaries.
Chapter 23 Character Development Summary Themes Evidence of the Gothic & Romantic Era Victor and Elizabeth arrive at the cottage
Elizabeth asks Victor what he is scared of but he doesn’t give a clear answer as he is paranoid
Victor searches the cottage for clues of the monster being there but finds nothing
Victor hears screaming from Elizabeth’s room and runs to her
He finds himself surrounded by the people in the inn showing horrified expressions
Victor leaves them to see the body of Elizabeth who is dead
He sees the monsters grasp marks on her neck
Victor looks up to an open window where the monster is looking through with a grin on his face
Victor pulls a pistol out of his bosom and fires upon the monster but the monster evades it and flees
The people at the inn hear the gunshot and Victor explains what happened, they search for the monster but find nothing
Victor wants to keep searching but he finds himself having trouble moving as he is so depressed
He recalls the deaths of William, Justine, Clerval, and Elizabeth
Victor goes to Geneva to see his father and Ernest
Victor arrives at Geneva and sees both Ernest and his father alive
He tells them of Elizabeth’s death and Victor’s dad becomes very depressed
Victor’s dad dies in his arms from an overwhelming amount of depression
Victor thinks about the horror he created and becomes very angry and rage filled
He tells a magistrate about the monster he created and how it killed all these people
The magistrate sort of believes him but does nothing to help and gives excuses as to why he can’t help
Victor decides he will have to kill the monster himself Victor Frankenstein The Creation Victor is very paranoid when he and Elizabeth arrive at the cottage but after she is murdered by the monster he becomes very depressed. Once he returns home to spend time with his father, his father dies and victor becomes rage filled and very determined to end the monsters existence
“…The monster who I had created, the miserable demon whom I had sent abroad into the world for my destruction. I was possessed by a maddening rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreck a great and signal revenge on his cursed head.” (Shelley, 189) The monster continues his evil acts by murdering Elizabeth and then watching and smiling at Victor’s pain as he cries over her deceased body. This shows that the monster no longer has compassion for humans likes to inflict pain to others.
“…A grin was on the face of the monster; he seemed to jeer, as with his fiendish finger he pointed towards the corpse of my wife.” (Shelley, 187)
Gothic Era Romantic Era When Victor and Elizabeth arrive at the inn they walk on the beach enjoying the sunlight and the peacefulness around them.
“We walked for a short time on the shore, enjoying the transitory light, and then retired to the inn and contemplated the lovely scene of waters, woods, and mountains.” (Shelley, 185) Victor hears screaming from elizibeths room and then notices she has been murdered, the room she lays in has darkened windows and a pale light from the moon illuminated the room.
When Victor returns home he informs his father of elizabeths death and this causes his father to die in victors arms a few days later. The thirst for knowledge can lead to one’s downfall.
This is because Victor created the monster which in turn led to the deaths of all those around him who he loved.