Frankenstein Quotes – Chapters 10 – 12

the solemn silence of this glorious presence chamber of imperial Nature Nature is personified as a female ruler – greatly superior to mortal man. In no way befits her ignoble treatment at Victor’s hands. (the….Nature)
a sublime ecstasy, that gave wings to the soul, and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy Magnificent nature inspires Victor to fly heavenwards, transcending his dark troubles. (a…joy)
‘desolate’ ‘broken’ ‘destroyed’ ‘bent’ ‘dangerous’ ‘destruction’ Semantic field surrounding the bleakness of nature before Victor meets the Creature. Nature’s danger.
Alas! why does man boast of sensibilities superior to those apparent in the brute; it only renders them more necessary beings. If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free. Victor, inspired by nature, echoes the ideas of both Rousseau’s noble savage, and Godwin’s theories of necessity and predestiny. He thinks we could be happy, without our humanity. Resonant for how he will come to think of the creature, and his ideas on destiny. (Alas!…free)
(sight tremendous and abhorred!) Victor’s outburst on perceiving the Creature, interrupting his narration. Implies a sense almost of admiration, akin to the mixed feelings held for Satan. (sight….ed!)
his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes Victor’s appraisal of the Creature’s face, based on his own pretensions to physiognomy. Is he reliable? Is it prejudiced – is he really just sad? (his…eyes)
‘Devil… do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! Or rather stay, that I may trample you to dust!’ Victor’s first words to the creature upon their meeting. Steeped in Miltonic associations, in that Victor appears at times to see himself as a punishing God, at times a vengeful Satan. Whatever it is, it’s rambling and incoherent and instinctively violent. Has echoes of God’s curse to the Snake (ie. Satan) (Devil…dust!)
I expected this reception… all men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am wretched beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature The Creature’s reasoned and logical address to Victor. Follows the force of logic. Accuses Victor in a rather archaic, biblical turn of phrase. Words applied to himself and Victor draw out the links between them. (I…creature)
my natural lord and king The monster shows he understands their respective positions in the world – unlike Frankenstein, who subverted his relationship with his creator. Social connotations? Shows his understanding of Justice. (my….ng)
I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, which thou drivest from joy for no misdeed Th Creature relates his situation to that of Satan. He has missed out on the role that was his due. (I…misdeed)
There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies. Frankenstein refuses to ackowledge his bond with the creature, denying him the one thing we wants and stressing their adversarial ties. (there… mies)
Cursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light! Cursed (although I curse myself) be the hands that formed you! Victor is overcome by rage and regret for his actions. His division of his censure between the creature and himself reflects how much they share the blame, how one cannot be blamed without inculpating the other. Echoes of Prometheus myth (Cursed….you!)
shall be swallowed up in the whirlwinds of its rage The Creature’s threat of what his anger will bring – tied up with fearful, violent natural occurences. Alliterative, onomatopoeic. (shall….rage)
For the first time, also, I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were, and that I ought to render him happy before I complained of his wickedness. Victor begins to see the other side, with a dawning awareness of his duty, that he should have gained from his father. (For…ness)
half-frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate. The Creature feels an innate dread of being alone. Nature vs nurture – he is born to desire companionship. Thus his isolation only compounds an already active wish. (half…desolate)
I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness Polysyndetic list of the Creatures needs. Chiastic, using opposites. (I…ness)
How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects! The Creature, on discovering fire (Promethean connotations), is aware of its capacity for danger and good – a symbol of humanity. Will become symbolic – he knows the good and the bad, but has not yet decided to which he belongs. Tests this later, and swears allegiance to evil – the destructive side of fire. Fire becomes a motif. (How…effects!)
happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man Solitude is, at this stage, a necesary retreat for the Creature. He cannot live among men – which will become the one thing he longs for. They are far more damaging to him than nature.(happy…man)
divine a retreat as Pandaemonium appeared to the demons of hell…it was indeed a paradise compared to the bleak forest Habitation appears to the Creature as a haven, a refuge – in very Biblical ways! Sometimes like hell, other times like heaven. Reflects the diversity of the human domestic world, and its powers for good and bad – and the creature’s solidarity with angels and daemons. (divine…hell it…forest)
The silver hair and benevolent countenance of the aged cottager won my reverence, while the gentle manners of the girl enticed my love. The Creature judges the De Laceys on their appearance, in much the same way as society judges him, and Walton judges Victor. (The…love)
a mixture of pain and pleasure What the creature experiences on listening to the old man’s beautiful music. He is learning to be human, no longer animalistic. An indication of the contrariness of human nature, its impossibility to define. Alliteration enhances this. (a….ure)
If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched. Misery pervades all the Creature witnesses. He has a developing sense of himself and his otherness, and a growing self-pity and disgust. Hypothetical phrasing suggests the force of his logic. (If…wretched)
Scientific observation: ‘discovered’ ‘observed’ ’cause’ ‘discovery’ Semantic field regarding the Creature’s watching of the De Laceys.
the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness… this was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it The Creature’s growing awareness of language. A Romantic understanding of its power to convey emotion. Careful alliteration stresses the diversity of its uses. Also sees it as belonging to the divine, with echoes of the Prometheus myth, as well as Frankenstein’s passions – suggested by the employment of the A word. (the…sadness… this…it)
when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathised in their gladness. The Creature’s natural capacity for empathy is made apparent. Logical consequences. He appears to follow them, taking their lead. They come first in his estimation. (when…gladness)
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 Creature beholds himself in a transparent pool, and is shocked by what he sees. There’s a sense of divorce from himself, as he defines what he is, in similar words to what Justine was led to believe. We know it was untrue for her – so is it also for the Creature? Contrast of tenses show he’s still living with the realisation that he made then. (When…tion)
‘good spirit’ ‘wonderful’ The De Laceys reaction to the Creature’s gathering of their firewood stands in marked contrast to their later reaction. Supernatural connotations, or perhaps religious.
Happy, happy earth!… My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature; the past was blotted from my memory, the present was tranquil, and the future gilded by bright rays of hope, and the anticipations of joy. The Creature ends chapter 12 in an outburst of satisfaction, similar to Victor’s at the end of Chapter 5. We have been conditioned to expect something terrible to follow. He is equally as affected by nature. Demonstrates it with the repetitive exclamative apostrophe. (Happy…! …My…joy)

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