Frankenstein – Quotes – Chapter 3

‘the first misfortune of my life occurred – an omen, as it were, of my future misery’ Frankenstein (p.34) – egotistical, manages to make mother’s death all about him – proleptic of what is to come
‘the void that presents itself to the soul; and the despair that is exhibited on the countenance’ Frankenstein (p.35) – reflecting on death and loss
‘She [Elizabeth] devoted herself to those whom she had been taught to call her uncle and cousins’ Frankenstein about Elizabeth (p.35) – gender roles – Elizabeth expected to assume the mother’s role upon her death and act as mother to rest of them – confined to traditional gender roles
‘I ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge’ Frankenstein (p.36) – evidence of thirst for knowledge and power
‘Chance – or rather the evil influence, the Angel of Destruction, which asserted omnipotent sway over me from the moment I turned my reluctant steps towards my father’s door’ Frankenstein (p.36) – external control – removes some blame from himself by blaming it on intangible forces e.g. chance, opportunity, rather than himself
‘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’ Frankenstein (p.38) – Idolises natural philosophers – seem to have god-like power
‘unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation’ Frankenstein (p.38) – desire for same god-like power and influence

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