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Frankenstein Volume 3 Chapter 1

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Kennedy Latimer

on 1 October 2012

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Transcript of Frankenstein Volume 3 Chapter 1

Volume 3, Chapter 1 Frankenstein Summary:
Victor's happiness is being restored
Alphonse notices that something is troubling him and in an attempt to make him happier, he suggests that Elizabeth and Victor marry immediately
Victor is hesitant to agree to this because of the promise he has made to the creature
Victor agrees to the circumstances on the condition that he may travel to England
Alphonse arranges for Clerval to join Victor on his journey to England
Victor and Clerval embark on their two year journey to England Characterization
Alphonse: In this chapter Alphonse reveals his compassion towards Victor by expressing his concern for his son's happiness. The reader is also introduced to the enthusiastic side of Alphonse when he expresses his excitement over the upcoming marriage between Victor and Elizabeth.
Victor: Throughout this chapter it is revealed that Victor is preoccupied by his creature's aspirations. He does not show a great deal of enthusiasm towards the marriage, which is interesting considering how he seems to revere Elizabeth in previous chapters. Victor is finally putting his creature's needs before his own which reveals responsibility in Victor's parenting style.
Clerval: During their travel to England, Clerval's personality is furthered introduced. He is mesmerized by the sublime. This seems to be a product of Victor's influences on him. "The expression of your sediments of this subject, my dear Victor, gives me more pleasure than I have for some time experienced."(156)
This quotation reveals Alphonse's enthusiastic personality. It is obvious how excited he is for the upcoming wedding as it brings him out of his depression over the loss of William and Justine.
"I must perform engagement, and let the monster depart with his mate, before I allow myself to enjoy the delight of a union from which I expected peace."(157)
Victor is finally beginning to show signs of responsibility which touches on the theme of responsible parenting. He is putting the needs of his creature before his own happiness.
"My promise fulfilled, the monster would depart forever. Or (so my fond fancy imaged) some accident might meanwhile occur to destroy him, and put an end to my slavery forever."
On numerous occasions, Victor refers to his duties towards his creature as the equivalent of slavery. This outlines themes of irresponsible parenting on Victor's behalf. He tries to avoid dealing with the needs of his creature by hoping that by some misfortune his creature is killed and he no longer needs to be burdened by him. Important Quotations It is evident throughout this chapter that Victor influences the character change in Clerval. Clerval begins to express a great deal of interest in the sublime of nature. Victor describes Clerval saying, ``He was alive to every new scene; joyful when he saw the beauties of the setting sun, and more happy when he beheld it rise and recommence a new day."(159) For Clerval, nature is becoming a great source of happiness, whereas for Victor, nature is a reminder of the tragedy that he is responsible for; it is less of a comfort for him. victor is speaking in apostrophe while he talks about Clerval which suggests that Clerval is not with him and can foreshadow the possible death of Clerval. Analysis on Clerval The End Analysis On Poem From Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"
-The poem tells of a man who is missing the sublime of nature which brings him sadness.
-The passage can help to convey Clerval's new-found interest in the sublime of nature
-Victor uses a passage from "Tintern Abbey" to convey to the reader how much he is missing his friend, clerval
-The passage can also foreshadow the death of Clerval
-The poem itself reflects on the romantic era of writing which was popular at this time.
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