Frankenstein 9-12

Victor loses sleep and he wanders around. He had a never-ending feeling of guilt, which tortured him mentally. He isolated himself from others, keeping himself in solitude which he found to be deep, dark, and deathlike. Elizabeth is no longer happy doing the things she used to find joy it. She now believes that the tales of vice and injustice are true. She sees men as bloodthirsty monsters. How does Victor respond in the days after Justine’s death? How have Elizabeth’s views changed?
Victor heads for the Swiss Alps. He leaves in August (about 2 months after Justine’s death) and travels through the Arve Valley, Servox, and PĂ©lissier. He stays in Chamounix. What journey does Victor undertake, and when? What places does he travel through? Where does he stay?
Victor roams through the valley of Arve. The next day, Victor decides to climb Montanvert. Where does Victor go the next day? Where does he go the following day?
Victor says he was “filled … with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy”. Victor says that nature had a way of making his mind solemn and caused him to forget the cares of life. How does he feel during this part of his journey?
The monster. Victor is horrified and enraged and troubled. Victor was ready to fight him if he got any closer. Victor yells at the creature and says he should fear Victor Whom does Victor see? How does he respond?
The monster says he’s lonely and he knew Victor would act with contempt towards him. It says that all people hate the wretched and he’s incredibly hurt that his creator hates him. The monster says that Victor should act as his creator, and if he does, he will not kill his friends. If Victor choses to abandon the monster again, he will kill everyone he loves. In this chapter, we finally hear the monster speak for the first time. What does he say? Is this what we expect from the creature?
He asks Victor to act as his creator, so that he won’t kill Victor’s loved ones, and tells Victor that he should be his Adam, but instead is his fallen angel. The monster asks Victor to make him happy again. The monster asks Victor to listen to his life story. Victor is terrible in his role of creator for the monster. What does the creature ask of Victor? What does the creature say to Victor? How good is Victor at performing the role of creator for his creature?
The creature is miserable and believes other people should share his wretchedness. Why has the creature caused the deaths of William and Justine? Is he inherently evil and bloodthirsty as Victor assumed?
The creature wants love, acceptance, and happiness. Shelley is showing that humanity should be kinder and more accepting to one another, so that atrocities don’t happen. What will cause the creature to change? Keep in mind his statement “I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.” What sort of psychological understanding is Shelley showing here?
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: the created (Adam/the monster) touching the creator (God/Victor) How good of an ironic sense of humor does the creature have? (See the “hand” bit)
Yes. Victor determines that he might have some valid points. He wanted conformation that he had murdered William, but was also plainly curious. He felt, as his creator, he should make the monster happy before he complains of his wickedness. They go into a hut on the mountain, where the monster has lit a fire. Does Victor agree to listen to the creature’s tale? What does Victor begin to feel? Where do they go?
The creature remembers how all of his senses ran together and he couldn’t distinguish them. The creature survives by laying by the side of a brook and resting from fatigue. He was extremely hungry and thirsty so he picked berries and ate those and he drank from the brook. Then he rested and slept. The monster was very cold so he wrapped himself up in a cloak to keep warm. The monster is learning like an infant because he was almost unable to support himself. He said he was poor, helpless and miserable. If he was under the care and guidance of someone he would have felt differently. Also, he cried like babies do when he was upset and he could not speak or imitate the noises that the birds were making. Also, he was fascinated about new things that he never saw before, such as fire and was interested in it. The monster can’t speak very well, it’s just mumbles What does the creature remember of his earliest days? How does he seem to be learning things? How well can the creature speak at this point of his existence?
The monster was very happy to find something that would provide him warmth. He goes to touch it, and it burned his hand. he was surprised that something could produce such opposite effects. He figures out that dry wood will burn so he keeps collecting wood to use. He wakes up the following morning and gets another flame going. He figures out the fire can be used for light and food as well. He moves because he ran out of food in the area he was in. How does the creature respond to his discovery of the fire? Why does he move?
People who see the monster scream, faint, attack him, and run away faster than humanly possible. The monster is the one retelling these encounters. What happens during his first encounters with people? From whose point of view do we see these encounters?
A hovel, attached to a cottage. He watches their movements. The young boy or brother, whose name is Felix, constantly worked outdoors, while the young girl or sister, named Agatha, had many jobs inside the house. The old man, who is only ever called Father used his time on his instrument or for contemplation, because he was blind. They were very loving and enjoyed each other’s company and speech. Although the creature thought they had every luxury, the family was often miserable because they were poor. Agatha was usually very cheerful and respectful of her old man, but sometimes she was seen with tears in her eyes. While Felix always seemed sad and appeared to be suffering more than the others. He often read to the father and Agatha. He finds the girl’s manners sweet and the older man reverent. Where does he finally find a place to stay? What does he learn about the people who live the cotttage? How does he feel towards them?
He learns that the girl has many duties inside the house, and the boy constantly works outside. They are very poor. He helps them by not stealing their food, collecting wood for them, doing Felix’s work, and clearing a path for them How does the creature continue to learn about the family he is watching? What is the condition of the family? How does the creature manage to help them?
The creature watches the family that lives in the cottage and he learns to associate a few words with things that the family uses often. He watches the family and tries to imitate the sounds they make. How does the creature learn language?
The older man is simply father. Agatha is the younger sister, and Felix is the brother. What are the names of the family members? Who are Agatha and Felix?
He realizes he is far uglier than the villagers he’s been watching. He realizes he truly is the monster that everyone has become afraid of. He becomes very bitter and mortified. What things bother the creature when he thinks of discovering himself to the family? How does he respond to his own appearance when he sees it?
He is being nursed back to health by Henry The creature is still there when spring comes. What has been happening to Victor in the meantime?
He wants to restore happiness in their lives because he thinks they’re worthy of it. He knew they would be disgusted at first sight, but he was going to win their favor then their love by his gentle demeanor and conciliating words. His spirits were elevated by the beauty of the spring nature. Spring makes him hopeful and joyous How does the creature hope to win over the family? How does he respond to the coming of spring?

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