Ashley Martin Krista Kunkle British Lit & Comp B Frankenstein Storyboard February 20, 2019
Shelley opens the story with a letter written by Robert Walton to his sister, making the literary work epistolary writing or a story told through the characters written dialogue. Walton tells his sister how he saves a man from the harsh weather conditions and he explained his life story to him introducing the work as a frame story, or a story told within a story.
"We perceived a low carriage, fixed on a sledge and drawn by dogs, pass on towards the north, at the distance of half a mile; a being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of giant stature, sat in he sledge and guided the dogs."
Walton helps Frankenstein until he is healthy enough to tell him his life story. He starts with his childhood and his family. The two form a friendship and Walton expresses extreme emotions about him finally having a friend who unfortunately will soon die. These extreme emotions of self-pity about being an outcast add romanticism to the story.
"I said in one of my letters, my dear Margaret, that I should find no friend on the wide ocean; yet I have found a man who, before his spirit had been broken by misery, I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart."
"I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation."
Frankenstein tells Walton that he went to college and focused on nothing but learned about anatomy and death so he could create life. Romantics were exploring the supernatural as a new way of looking at the world, so supernatural elements were added to stories.
Frankenstein returns home after his brother, William, has been murdered and Justine, a beloved family servant, is wrongly accused of the crime. Knowing that the monster he made was in the area during the murder, Frankenstein has reason to believe his creation killed William. Too afraid to take responcibility for his actions he lets Justine be exicuted for the crime. Frankensteins inability to take responcibilty is a major theme in the story because if he would have tought the monster how to be a member of socity or not created him at all everything could have been avoided.
Thus spoke my prophetic soul, as torn by remorse, horror, and despair, I beheld those I loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts.
"how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification."
The monsters view of himself is more accurate because he has shown his ability to read, write, and have emotions. Although he has some impulse control issues and can be very selfish he isn't completely evil.
A ruthless murderer without remorse.
Frankiensteins perspective of the monster
has below human intelligence
He couldn't possibly be good because of how ugly he is.