Frankenstein Quotes

‘Workshop of filthy creation’ Frankenstein describing the apartment in which he works. Pronounces the gothic framing of the novel. Negatively foreshadows the creature’s creation.
‘I felt I had mangled the living flesh of a human being’ Frankenstein’s feelings towards his brutal dismantling of the female creature. Creating a parallel between it and that of a rape scene. Depicts brutality of the act.
‘May every man have a wife for his bosom and every beast have its mate. And I be alone!’ Creature voicing his desperate loneliness and isolation. Provokes sympathy towards the creature.
‘Even in wreck, so attractive and amiable’. Walton’s first impressions towards Frankenstein. Relating Frankenstein to Lucifer from Paradise Lost. Stresses the beauty of Victor, putting him in contrast to the Creature.
‘I will shoot no albatross’ Walton: reference to Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the ancient mariner’. Foreshadows cautionary tale.
‘Dull yellow eyes’… ‘Thin black lips’ Descriptions of the monsters features and deformity. Shelley leaves much of the description to the reader’s imagination.
‘My own vampire, my own spirit let loose from the grave’. Frankenstein’s portrayal of the monster. Emphasising the creature’s role as his double or doppelgänger. Also raising gothic reference to ‘vampires’.
‘There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand… Even to the sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore’ Frankenstein as romantic hero – other romantic aspects of the novel far away lands
‘Cursed creator! Why do I live?’ Creature questioning his own existence. After his rejection from the De Lacys. Demonstrates his intelligence to question a much asked philosophical question. Also demonstrates his human qualities.
‘I am malicious because I am miserable’ Creature arguing his side of the story to Frankenstein. Eloquent justification of his actions, using rhetorical figure of Pathos.
‘the black sides of Jura, and the bright summit of Mont Blanc’ I love you miles
‘took refuge in the most perfect solitude’ Michelle
‘the darkness and storm increased every minute, and the thunder burst with a terrific crash’

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