When he attempted to imitate it, however, he found the sound of his own voice terrifying, and fell silent again. The storm Shelley describes is much like the one she and her fellow writers experience during the summer of 1816. Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be informed of the secret with which I am acquainted; that cannot be: listen patiently until the end of my story, and you will easily perceive why I am reserved upon that subject. Henry Clerval came to Ingolstadt to study with Frankenstein, but ended up nursing him after his exhausting and secret efforts to create a perfect human life. Before they left, Frankenstein died and the monster appeared in his room, mourning the loss of his creator. Victor tells Henry that he wants to tour Scotland alone, but Henry insists to go with Victor not knowing about Victor's plan but eventually they split ways. Volume 1, Chapter 3 The reaction of Frankenstein's first professor to his interest in alchemy, similar to his father's reaction, only spurs him on in pursuit of the path that will ultimately lead to creating the monster.
Hear him not; call on the names of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, my father, and of the wretched Victor, and thrust your sword into his heart. Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die. Instead, you found her with another guy, got punched in the face, fell asleep driving home, and plowed your car into a guard rail. Thanks Victor, but no thanks. A few days after Frankenstein finished his story, Walton and his crew decided to turn back and go home. In the woods where his young brother was murdered, Frankenstein saw the monster and knew that he was William's murderer. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.
At the age of 13, Victor makes a discovery that forever changes his life. Frankenstein's monster first encounters love when he meets the family in the cottage. Analysis: The monster threatens Victor after Victor destroys the female monster. He says that he is the most wretched and despised of all living things, and accuses his creator of a gross disregard for the sanctity of life: how else could Victor propose to murder a creature which owes its existence to him? I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited; where I remained during the rest of the night, walking up and down in the greatest agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life. His father, observing his misery, becomes ill as well. I am practically industrious — painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour — but besides this there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore. His mind is not eased but spurred on by his lust for all knowledge and learning.
My evil passions will have fled, for I shall meet with sympathy! Nay, these are virtuous and immaculate beings! I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. In comparing himself to them, the creature feels himself to be a monster: he is shocked by his own reflection, and is nearly unable to accept it as his own. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. His syntax, as he begins describing his early life, is almost painfully simple. Henry is excited about the visit, but Victor focuses more on fulfilling the promise he made to his monster.
As he recovered, Frankenstein told Walton his story so that Walton would learn the price of pursuing glory at any cost. GradeSaver, 12 June 2015 Web. It is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin. Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow. As he went on, I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy; one by one the various keys were touched which formed the mechanism of my being: chord after chord was sounded, and soon my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. In this way, he has been enslaved by his own creation because his one goal in life has become to destroy it. Blasted as thou wert, my agony was still superior to thine; for the bitter sting of remorse will not cease to rankle in my wounds until death shall close them for ever.
After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Eventually, Henry and Victor receive a letter from a friend in Scotland inviting them to visit, but both have contradicting feelings on if they should go or not. If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. The storm indirectly gives Victor the opportunity to learn more about technology and science.
At the same time Victor talks about how he hates what he is creating and fears to see his monster again. Analysis: Walton describes Victor Frankenstein to his sister. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. But he has mostly experienced hate and realizes how miserable and lonely he is. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. The sun does not more certainly shine in the heavens, than that which I now affirm is true. When I was thirteen years of age, we all went on a party of pleasure to the baths near Thonon: the inclemency of the weather obliged us to remain a day confined to the inn.
Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous. After that, Frankenstein vowed to pursue the monster and destroy him. Analysis: Victor narrates the horrible effect of gathering dead body parts from charnel houses and graveyards. 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. As if summoned by this call, the monster appears. God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world with its own shadows.