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Robert Walton is on his ship headed towards the North Pole. His ship has become stuck in two sheets of ice and this is where he comes across Victor Frankenstein. This is the setting where Victor shares his story.
VIctor later dies on the ship and Walton has an encounter with the creature.
Victor is born in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the son of Alphonse Frankenstein and Caroline Beaufort.
When Victor is 5, his family is on vacation in Italy, specifically Milan. This is where his mother adopts Elizabeth Lavenza, his "sister" and future wife.
Victor returns to Geneva and
lives with his family until he turns
17. While in High School, Victor
studies natural philosophy. Alonside
his friend Henry Clerval and a close knit family, Victor makes great progress in learning.
Victor Frankenstein
Robert Walton
Victor leaves Geneva at 17 and pursues philosophical studies in Ingolstadt, Germany. He quickly has to return to Geneva to see his mother as she passes away from illness. In ingolstadt, Victor meets Prof. Krempe, who tells him to continue on the path of philosophy, but when Victor meets Prof. Waldman, he changes his views towards science. While studying alchemy, Victor creates his creature in the privacy of his house. The monster is born and Victor runs away in horror.
Victor returns to Geneva to recover from his nervous fever from meeting his creation. Onc recovered, Victor makes his way back to Ingolstadt.
In Ingolstadt, Victor receives a letter from Elizabeth. In the letter, Frankenstein learns that little William is dead, and Justine is being blamed. Victor and Henry travel to Geneva on a scenic route where Victor thinks he spots his creature. He then realizes that the creature was the one who murdured his brother.
Victor mourns the loss of William with the rest of his family. At Justine's trial, Victor knows she is innocent, but can not speak up. Justine admits to a crime she didn't commit and is executed. Victor grieves her loss as well.
Victor mourns the loss of his brother and caregiver. Victor is weighed down by the guilt of creating the fiend that killed William, which led to the death of Justine. His father Alphonse tells him to take a break and clear his head in the valley of Chamonix. It is here where Victor almost feels gleeful as he walks through the mountains. Then at the top of Montavert, Victor encounters his creation. He attacks the creature, which eludes him easily, then Victor consents to listen to the monsters story.
After listening to the creatures plea for a female companion, Victor returns to Geneva, where he asks his father if he can travel to England. His father consents, and Victor and Henry set off. Victor arrives in London and keeps travelling to the surprise of Henry Clerval.
Victor travels alone to an island in the Orkneys, where he sets up a small laboratory and works on creating a female companion for the creature. While working, Victor realizes the disaster he could be loosing on the world and destroys his work. The creature is outaged and tells Victor that he will with Victor on his wedding night. Later, Victor throws the remains of his work into the ocean. Victor then gets caught in the winds and is blown downsea.
Victor finally reaches the shores of a small town in Ireland where he is welcomed coldly and is accused of murder. Victor hears the accounts of witnesses and upon seeing the body of his dear friend Henry Clerval, he becomes stricken with grief. He is arrested and imprisoned by the Irish people. Two months later, Victors father finds Victor and tries to raise his spirits. With the help of the town magistrate, Victor and his father travel home to Geneva.
On their way home, Victor and his father stop in Paris so Victor can rest. While in Paris, Victor receives a letter from Elizabeth saying she thought that he loved another person. Victor writes back to Elizabeth and tells her that she is his source of joy.
Victor returns to Geneva and gets married to Elizabeth. After the wedding, the couple leave to spend the night in a family cottage. While walking out on the grounds, Victor tells Elizabeth to retire to her bed. Victor is still searching for the creature when he hears Elizabeth scream, Victor realizes that the monster had never intended to kill him and he is consumed with sadness and greif. When Victor returned home with the gruesome news, his father fell ill and died a few days later. Victor then breaks his secrecy and tries to convince a magistrate that the creature is responsible for Elizabeths death, but the magistrate does not beleive him. So Victor decides to hunt for the monster and destroying him.
Victor travels North, following small clues left by the creature, eventually Victor finds Waltons ship, where he shares his experience and warns Walton of the dangers of breaking the laws of nature. Victors dies on that ship, passing on his goal of destroying the monster to Walton.
His story is told by Robert Walton after hearing the tale of Victors travels from Victor himself.

"'How can I move thee? Will no entreaties cause thee to turn a favourable eye upon thy creature, who implores thy goodness and compassion? Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me. The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge. I have wandered here many days; the caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. These bleak skies I hail, for they are kinder to me than your fellow beings. If the multitude of mankind knew of my existence, they would do as you do, and arm themselves for my destruction. Shall I not then hate them who abhor me?... (Shelley,103).

In this passage, the creature is talking to Frankenstein, trying to persuade him to build a female companion. Frankenstein is refusing, afraid of what could come if their were two creatures on the earth. The creature then tries to get sympathy from Frankenstein, because the creature is lonely and depressed. This passage is in the beginning of volume two in the narrative and the creature is presenting who he really is while himself and Victor stand alone on a large glacier looking over a sea of ice. This is a very romantic moment for they are openly conversing in the atmosphere of nature.

In this passage, Victor has strolled up to the top of Montavert, in Chamonix. He is enjoying a romantic moment, where his troubles are being healed by the beauty of nature. Suddenly Victor sees the creature lumbering towards him, the creature wants to talk while Frankenstein tries to hurt him, the creature eludes him easily. In this specific part of the passage, the creature is trying to persuade Victor to create him a female companion so that he may be happy and not alone. This passage is about the creature explaining his utter hopelessness in the world. He has been shunned by the human race and even his own creator abhors him. He is lonely and nowhere to live, he lives and travels the deserted mountains. The reader is now supposed to feel sympathy for the monster because he is in a terrible situation. Victor is now seen as the one who is evil. He created a being, then left it to be alone in a harsh world.

This passage is important because the narrative begins to shift towards a new plot or frame in the novel. This passage leads into the creatures story (told by Frankenstein which is then told by Walton) which changes the perspective of the plot. The main themes in this passage is loneliness and companionship and this is clearly expressed through the creatures words of persuasion. This passage shows how lonely the creature is and how all he wishes for is a companion. Frankenstein is also lonely and detached, but he is detached from his family. He was engrossed in his studies which led to the creation of the monster, and the death of many he cared about. This passage shows Romanticism as well because while the creature is up in the mountains, he is opening up to nature. Frankenstein is refusing the creature a companion because he does not want to break the laws of nature again, which is very romantic.

Yesterday the stranger said to me, "You may easily perceive, Captain Walton, that I have suffered great and unparalleled misfortunes. I had determined at one time that the memory of these evils should die with me, but you have won me to alter my determination. You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been. I do not know that the relation of my disasters will be useful to you; yet, when I reflect that you are pursuing the same course, exposing yourself to the same dangers which have rendered me what I am, I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my tale, one that may direct you if you succeed in your undertaking and console you in case of failure"(Shelley,30-1).

I passed the bridge of Pelissier, where the ravine, which the river forms, opened before me, and I began to ascend the mountain that overhangs it. Soon after, I entered the valley of Chamounix. This valley is more wonderful and sublime, but not so beautiful and picturesque as that of Servox, through which I had just passed. The high and snowy mountains were its immediate boundaries, but I saw no more ruined castles and fertile fields. Immense glaciers approached the road; I heard the rumbling thunder of the falling avalanche and marked the smoke of its passage. Mont Blanc, the supreme and magnificent Mont Blanc, raised itself from the surrounding aiguilles, and its tremendous dome overlooked the valley.

A tingling long-lost sense of pleasure often came across me during this journey. Some turn in the road, some new object suddenly perceived and recognized, reminded me of days gone by, and were associated with the lighthearted gaiety of boyhood. The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more. Then again the kindly influence ceased to act-- I found myself fettered again to grief and indulging in all the misery of reflection. Then I spurred on my animal, striving so to forget the world, my fears, and more than all, myself--or, in a more desperate fashion, I alighted and threw myself on the grass, weighed down by horror and despair (Shelley,97-8).

In this passage Victor Frankenstein is speaking to Robert Walton, this scene chronologically is taking place at the end of the story but in the book, it is at the beginning. This is because the story is a frame narrative and this scene is explaining how Walton came to know of this story. This part in the story is the part where Victor passes on the torch to a younger, eager soul who is full of wonder. The two are on boat, and Victor is warning Walton about the perils of breaking the laws of nature. Victor is telling Walton to be careful when pursuing his travels, and is asking him to carry on Victors search for the creature.

This passage is about experience, Victor has told Walton about his travels and his woes. Victor is warning Walton about the dangers that lie ahead. Robert Walton is in search of knowledge and wisdom and his search has led him to cross paths with someone who had already traveled down that road. The reader does not know Victors story yet, so this passage is a premonition of the story that is about to be told. This meeting causes Walton to turn back and end his travels, after also encountering the creature, who meets Walton after Victor dies on the ship. Walton survives the encounter and sets off for home. Victor had shared his valued knowledge, and Walton had heeded his warning.

This passage changes the outcome of a mans life, and is a forewarning of the story to come. This passage is a summary of the entire story behind Frankenstein and it is portrayed through a conversion plagued with warning. The main theme in this passage is innocence and experience, and Victor clearly expresses this through his warning to Walton. He is experienced whereas Walton is fresh and innocent, Victor gives Walton advice about his decision to travel, and warns him about the consequences of overstepping his boundaries. Victor used to be inexperienced like Walton, and he created a being by innocently breaking the laws of nature. This romantic theme led to the hardships of Frankensteins life, and to his experience.

In this passage, Victor is travelling through the beautiful terrain of the valley of Chamonix. He has suffered a terible loss and has retracted into his thoughts. This passage is the description of Victor's thoughts and feelings as he traveled through the beauty of the mountains and icy plains. Victor had just suffered the first of many sad experiences, losing his brother and his friend is just the beginning. But as he rides through this romantic setting, the beauty of nature calms his depression and helps contain the pain he is feeling. This passage occurs at the beginning of Volume 2, where the main plot has officially formed, and the themes are present in the story.

In this passage, Victor has just suffered the trauma of losing a brother and a friend. After William and Justine's death, Victor was severely shaken after realizing it was probably his creation who killed them. His father saw this pain in Victor's heart and sent him off to the valley of Chamonix, where Victor's troubles began to fade in the presence of nature. Romanticism is evident in this passage as heart pains and sorrow are slowly replaced by visions of childhood and happy memories. The author is conveying a message of romantic ideas, as Victor is outside, he feels much better, maybe even happy. This passage occurs when Victor is at his highest moment in the story, gazing at Mont Blanc, he feels powerful and free. But in the next scene of the story, he encounters the creature, which sends him back into the swirl of greif and despair. The reader is being entertained with description of the beauty of nature, while being set up for an even more powerful, important, and emotional scene.

Romanticism plays a large part in this novel, and the main theme in this passage is nature and tranquility, which is under the umbrella of romanticism. This passage shows large evidence of the ideas that the author lived by. The author was influenced by the romantic period and it played a major role in the creation of the narrative. In this passage, nature and tranquility dominates the scene, as Victor is calmed by embracing the elegance of nature. This tranquil scene is interupted by a fiend who was created by breaking the laws of nature. These two scenes contrast each as the author is trying to show how nature is better than industry. This passage is a building block for one of the main themes in Frankenstein, and it also gives insight into how the author viewed the world.
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“’I expected this reception. All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us…’ ‘…Be calm! I intreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head’”(Shelley,102).

Victor rejects the offer of making another creature for the monsters satisfactory and the monster continues to rant about his depressed life for Victor to sympathize with him. Victor attempts to relieve his stress by travelling to the mountains and meets his creature. The more insight the monster gave to Victor about his life, the more Victor had sympathized with his creation. This was after the death of Victor’s both beloved, William and Justine, and so Victor was still furious with the monster.


This passage is about the monster trying to persuade Victor to create a female creature for his use while Victor still detests the monster. Victor has no intention of creating the female companion for the monster until the monster tells Victor the story of his life after he was created only to persuade Victor to satisfy his needs and to make Victor sympathize with his story.


This passage displays the beginning of his promise to build a companion for the monster and leads to the deaths of many more of Victor’s dearly loved. This reminds me of when the monster was first created and caused the deaths of William and Justine. Victor had done no harm to the monster, but even had given him life just to kill the people he loved. In this incident, Victor did break his promise to benefit the monster, and the monster intentionally killed three additional people he loved (Elizabeth, Henry, and his father), which also eventually led to the death of his creator and himself. The theme of this passage is ‘Revenge’ because the monster expressed his hatred towards his creator and his friends to demoralize Victor since the monster had been hated all his short life. This revenge that the monster had led to the many deaths of Victor’s dearly loved and the monster was blinded with revenge.

“’You have destroyed the work which you began; what is it that you intend? Do you dare to break your promise? I have endured toil and misery. I left Switzerland with you; I crept along the shores of the Rhine, among its willow islands, and over the summits of its hills, I have dwelt many months in the heaths of England, and among the deserts of Scotland. I have endured incalculable fatigue, and cold, and hunger, do you dare destroy my hopes?’ ‘… You can blast my other passions but revenge remains revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food! I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery. Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful. I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom. Man, you shall repent of the injuries you inflict!...’ ‘It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding-night’(Shelley,172).

Victor Frankenstein destroys his work of making the second creature while the monster appears at the window with a horrific sight. The monster becomes enraged and curses Victor that he shall be on Victor’s wedding night. The monster talks about his depressing life for Victor to feel a sense of guilt and leaves Victor’s dwelling with a curse and a threat. The monster had become frustrated because Victor promised the monster to make a female companion for the monster, but Victor breaks that promise after having thoughts of the disasters that his creation could create. This point in time was right after he travelled around the country with Henry and after he receives the letter to travel back to Henry and right before Henry’s death.


This passage portrays that the monster becomes enraged after having the sight of his companion-to-be destroyed in the makings. After seeing the creation destroyed into pieces, his rage carries into revenge. He takes his wrath and revenge elsewhere and curses Victor. This is implied to the reader that the monster will be on Victor’s wedding night for revenge and intends to kill Victor then.


This passage is very important because this leads the monster to take his hatred and revenge on Henry since Henry was Victor’s closest friend and was one of his factors of happiness. Along with the death of Henry, the monster frames the death of Henry on him in a clever way and thus leads to Victor’s imprisonment for a number of days. This relates to the part when the monster was telling Victor the story of his past life and how he was shamed on. The monster was violently abused in his past life and took his revenge on William Frankenstein, the brother of Victor. After Victor destroyed his creations, the monster took his revenge on one of his other closest friends, Henry Clerval. The theme of this passage is ‘Betrayal and Revenge’ where the monster is betrayed by Victor several times and thus leads to his rage. His rage then carries off revenge against one of his closest friends to assault him emotionally. This passage leads Victor to avenge the deaths of his friends and relatives and leads to his encounter with the monster.


“’But it is true that I am a wretch. I have murdered the lovely and the helpless; I have strangled the innocent as they slept, and grasped to death his throat who never injured me or any other living thing. I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin. There he lies, white and cold in death. You hate me; but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself. I look on the hands which executed the deed; I think on the heart in which the imagination of it was conceived, and long for the moment when these hands will meet my eyes, when that imagination will haunt my thoughts no more’”(Shelley,224).

The monster feels remorse and guilt after unintentionally causing the death of his creator. He blames himself for the deaths of all his beloved ones and every depressing moment of Victors life. The monster is directing his speech to Robert Walton over the body of Victor Frankenstein. This moment was right after Victor passed away from searching for the monster.


The monster feels remorse and guilt after unintentionally causing the death of his creator. He blames himself for the deaths of all his beloved ones and every depressing moment of Victors life. The monster is directing his speech to Robert Walton over the body of Victor Frankenstein. This moment was right after Victor passed away from searching for the monster.


This passage is very important to the novel because the monster is voicing his true feelings about how he felt his whole life, but he finally realizes that his actions had only caused harm to the innocents. This is also an important part because it is to teach Robert Walton about how he should become of his life. This reminds me of when the monster was trying to make Victor sympathize with his story that he had told him back in the mountains. In both scenarios, the monster is expressing his emotions to another and in both scenarios, the monster is telling the story of his depressing life. The theme for this passage ties with both ‘Betrayal and Revenge’ and ‘Guilt and Remorse’ because the monster only realizes his guilt after his creator passed away. For the monster’s whole life, he spent his revenge targeting Victor and his friends. This passage leads to the death of every single person that Victor loved along with the death of his creation, but also teaches Robert a lesson through Victor’s experience.

Mary Shelley, the author, and Victor Frankenstein, the main character in ‘Frankenstein’, both loved to travel. Shelley had travelled with her partner, Percy, all around Europe and fell in love with each other. Shelley related her life in her novel by giving Victor the ability to travel all over Europe with Henry Clerval, his best friend. In the later stages of their relationship, Shelley had a very distant relationship with her husband, Percy. Shelley was travelling around the world, countries away from Percy and in the novel ‘Frankenstein’, most of the duration of Victor’s relationship with Elizabeth was as distant as Shelley’s relationship with Percy.

Victor Frankenstein also had the same experiences as Mary Shelley on their marriage days. The marriage of Mary Shelley only led to the deaths of their children only a few days later. After the children’s deaths, Shelley had to experience another traumatizing tragedy three years later to encounter the death of her husband, Percy. In the novel, Victor met only tragedies on the day of his marriage to his wife, Elizabeth. Victor’s wife had died on the day of their marriage and this led to the death of Victor’s father, himself, and his creature. Mary Shelley had related much of her life to the novel she had written and she reflected most of the tragedies that happened in her life.
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