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Frankenstein Chapters 22-24

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Transcript of Frankenstein Chapters 22-24

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That evening Victor is obsessed with the threat of the monster appearing, and he’s concerned how Elizabeth will react to the fight between the two of them. He tells Elizabeth to retire for the night and begins searching the grounds for the monster. During his search Victor hears the screams of Elizabeth and realizes the monster’s true target was his beloved. Holding the lifeless body of his wife in his arms Victor looks up to see the monster’s smile in the window. He rushes over and fires his pistol, but the creature is too fast and escapes by plunging into a nearby lake. Victor returns to Geneva and tells his father the devastating news. Shocked by the death of yet another loved one, Alphonse Frankenstein dies a few days later in Victor’s arms. Ending his secrecy, Victor tells a magistrate about his unnatural creation that claimed Elizabeth’s life, but the magistrate does not believe him. With his closest family and friends dead Victor vows to destroy his creation, even at the cost of his own life.
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Victor is still crazy and overly selfish. The reader experiences the dramatic irony of his situation as he still believes that the monster is coming for him rather than realizing that he is coming for his soon to be wife Elizabeth. He doesn’t even tell her about the monster, simply saying that he’ll tell her after they are married. Victor still displays his selfish attitude once all of his loved ones are deceased. He devotes the rest of his life to hunting down this monster even though he has done his damage. Although he experiences the alienation and loneliness the monster experienced when all his family is killed, he still shows his true character, one of selfishness and blind arrogance in his attempt to find and destroy the monster.

"'The sun and the heavens, who have viewed
my operations, can bear witness of my truth."'

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Victor leaves Geneva and the painful memories associated with it to begin his pursuit of the monster, a chase that takes him to the Black Sea and through Russia. Throughout the pursuit the monster taunts Victor by leaving multiple clues, messages, and hints to keep him on track. Now on his way to the Arctic Circle Victor encounters Walton and the narrative arrives at where it started. Victor beseeches Walton to continue his search once he has died.
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On their way home Victor and his father stop in Paris. Victor feels self-loathing and guilty for unleashing a monster on mankind. Alphonse tries to understand his son’s suffering, but Victor’s response only makes him come off as delusional. Before Victor resumes his journey to Geneva he receives a letter from Elizabeth. In the letter Elizabeth expresses her fear that Victor has fallen in love with someone else, but the letter itself reminds Victor of the monster’s threat to be at wedding night. Victor is certain that the monster intends to kill him and resolves to fight back. Finally Victor and his father arrive in Geneva. Elizabeth is put at ease as Victor adamantly denies the existence of another love, and he confesses that he has a horrible secret that he will reveal to her once they are married. The two begin planning the wedding and soon the day of the ceremony arrives. After their wedding, Victor and Elizabeth leave to spend the night at a family cottage.
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The monster is persistent in his quest to ruin Victor and his murder of Elizabeth on her and Victors wedding night was the last step. The monsters fleeing really shadows his sense of being lost in the world as well as shows that now that he has alienated Victor and ruined his life he has nothing left but Victor in the world. This feeling is amplified when Victor dies; The monster truly has nothing, no purpose in the world and his loneliness and confused existence pushes him to finally just give up and die.


Discussion Questions
Why do you think the monster specifically targeted Victor and Elizabeth's wedding night?
Why did the monster attack Elizabeth and not Victor when it was Victor who caused him all the pain?
What reasons do you think the monster had for targeting everyone Victor cared about?
Why did the monster never let Victor catch him?
Why did the monster weep over his creator's death if he was only treated poorly by him?

Why does the monster regret all the murders he committed after Victor's death?
Do you feel bad for Victor now that everyone he loves is dead? Or did he somehow deserve it?
Do you think the monster was ever selfish?
Do you think the fire in chapter 12 becomes more meaningful in the very end?
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"The tranquility which I now enjoyed did not endure. Memory brought madness with it; and when I thought of what had passed a real insanity possessed me."
"I had formed in my own heart a
resolution to pursue my destroyer
to death; and this purpose quieted
my agony, and for an interval
reconciled me to life."
"Life is obstinate and clings closest
where it is most hated."

"You may give up your purpose, but mine is assigned to me by Heaven, and I dare not."
"My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy; and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred it did not endure the violence of change without torture such as you cannnot even imagine."
"I had cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish, to riot in the excess of my despair."

Character Analysis: The Monster
Character Analysis: Victor Frankenstien
Chapter Summary: 24
Chapter Summary: 23
Chapter Summary: 22
Chapter Summary: Walton, in Continuation
Now the narration is transferred back to Walton in the form of the letters he writes to his sister, Margaret. Walton is convinced by Frankenstein’s story and he believes Frankenstein to be a great man who he wishes to have known prior to his fall. Walton’s ship is trapped in ice and his crew demands that if the ice clears they will return home. Frankenstein speaks up in opposition to this plan and gives the crew a lecture on glory, but ultimately they decide to turn back when possible and Walton feels disappointment from not reaching the North Pole. Before the ice breaks, Victor wants to leave the ship and search the area for the monster, but his poor health prevents this and soon he dies. Walton hears cries from Frankenstein’s room and enters to find the monster weeping over his creator’s lifeless body. The monster laments his actions and all the pain he brought Victor. Walton, unable to look at the being’s hideous face, contemplates killing the creature and fulfilling Frankenstein’s ambition. Before Walton can act the monster tells him the he plans to travel to the North Pole and burn himself to ensure no evidence of his existence survives. Frankenstein’s creation then jumps off the ship and fades into the waves, lost from sight.
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Character Analysis: Robert Walton
Waltons underlying loneliness is turned to almost cheer As he notes to victor that he may have liked to be friends with Victor before he went mad. Walton, at the same time, is almost hopeful for the revival of his destroyed voyage but after the crews remarks of going home and the death of Victor he finally settles, leaving his journey behind.
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Character Analysis: Elizabeth
Elizabeth is already suspicious and worried about Victor. This nervous feeling is conveyed through her letter to Victor asking if he was in love with someone else, when we know as readers that he is just obsessed with the monster. She goes on with the wedding, happy, but meets her unfair end to the hands of the monster, all because of Victor. Her husband was her creator of her death.
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Character Analysis: Alphonse Frankenstein
Alphonse journeys home with Victor but his main action in the ending of the novel is his abrupt death caused by the shock and pain of Elizabeths murder. As a person Alphonse has really just given up after finding out about this final, unbelievable murder.
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