Frankenstein: What Makes a Monster

Frankenstein: What Makes a Monster
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  • Robert Walton, an explorer, is traveling the north and is stuck between icebergs
  • Walton notices man of 'gigantic stature' on a sled, then sees a European man, who is appears very enervated, chasing after him. He then invites the man on board.
  • The man introduces himself as Victor Frankenstein. He explains his story and why he is chasing the enormous, mysterious figure
  • Frankenstein creates his monster on a night in November
  • He is awoken by his hideous creature
  • The Monster scares away a man living in a hut
  • Villagers chase The Monster out of their town
  • The Monster stumbles upon the De Laceys and watches over them from a shed
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  • "We were nearly surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides, scarcely leaving her the sea-room in which she floated” (Shelley 14)
  • The Monster learns language from Felix teaching his love interest, Safie
  • "In the morning, however, as soon as it was light, I went upon deck and found all the sailors busy on one side of the vessel, apparently talking to someone in the sea. It was, in fact, a sledge, like that we had seen before, which had drifted towards us in the night on a large fragment of ice. Only one dog remained alive; but there was a human being within it whom the sailors were persuading to enter the vessel." (Shelley 15)
  • The Monster falls in love with the De Laceys and wants to become friends
  • "if thus you will allow me to name you; nothing can alter my destiny; listen to my history, and you will perceive how irrevocably it is determined.’He then told me that he would commence his narrative the next day when I should be at leisure." (Shelley 23)
  • The Monster befriends to the old man who is blind, but is beaten and chased out by Felix
  • "It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs." (Shelley 58)
  • The Monster declares war on all humans
  • “I beheld the wretch— the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks.” (Shelley 59)
  • The Monster tries to save a woman drowning but gets shot my a man
  • "He turned on hearing a noise, and perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable." (Shelley 122)
  • The Monster decides to travel to Geneva to find his creator
  • "The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel, quite bare, and making a wretched appearance after the palaces I had beheld in the village." (Shelley 123)
  • On his way to Geneva, he finds a young boy who happens to be related to Frankenstein. The Monster becomes enraged and...
  • "This hovel however, joined a cottage of a neat and pleasant appearance, but after my late dearly bought experience, I dared not enter it." (Shelley 123)
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  • "Presently I found, by the frequent recurrence of some sound which the stranger repeated after them, that she was endeavouring to learn their language; and the idea instantly occurred to me that I should make use of the same instructions to the same end. The stranger learned about twenty words at the first lesson; most of them, indeed, were those which I had before understood, but I profited by the others." (Shelley 138)
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  • "I spent the winter in this manner. The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me; when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys." (Shelley 131)
  • “At that instant the cottage door was opened, and Felix, Safie, and Agatha entered. Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted, and Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung, in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick.” (Shelley 161)
  • “No; from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery.” (Shelley 162)
  • “On seeing me, he darted towards me, and tearing the girl from my arms, hastened towards the deeper parts of the wood. I followed speedily, I hardly knew why; but when the man saw me draw near, he aimed a gun, which he carried, at my body and fired. I sank to the ground, and my injurer, with increased swiftness, escaped into the wood. ‘This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone.” (Shelley 169)
  • “You had mentioned Geneva as the name of your native town, and towards this place I resolved to proceed.” (Shelley 166)
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  • ‘‘Hideous monster! Let me go. My papa is a Syndic— he is M. Frankenstein—he will punish you. You dare not keep me.’ ‘‘Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy—to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.” (Shelley 171)
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