Frankenstein – Top 20 Quotes

‘I have lost everything and cannot bring life anew’ Dr Frankenstein to Walton – Letter 4 – about his own despair
‘Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught?’ Dr Frankenstein to Walton – Letter 4 – first indication of what he’s done – asks Walton if he is as obsessed as he was about the monster
‘A grin wrinkled his cheeks… one hand as stretched out’ Frankenstein – Chapter 5 – describes Monster’s sinister smile when he escapes from the lab
‘I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms’ Frankenstein – Chapter 5 – recalls his violent and disturbing dream about seeing his dead mother, after monster escapes
‘By degrees the calm and heavenly scene restored me, and I continued my journey towards Geneva’ Frankenstein – Chapter 7 – discussing his journey through the mountains before returning home to Geneva after the death of his brother
‘nearly in the light of my own vampire, my own spirit let loose from the grave’ Frankenstein – Chapter 7 – reflects on his feelings about what he has created, likens creature to another Gothic creature
‘The tortures of the accused did not equal mine’ Frankenstein – Chapter 8 – about the guilt he feels about Justine’s situation
‘I confessed, that I might obtain absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart than all my other sins’ Justine to Elizabeth – Chapter 8 – about guilt she feels for pleading guilty to a crime she knows she did not commit
‘I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were’ Frankenstein – Chapter 10 – begins to recognise his role/ duties are to the creature, just before the creator starts to share his story
‘Do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?’ Frankenstein to Creature – Chapter 10 – threatening monster with violence
‘Be calm! I entreat you to hear me before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head’ Creature to Frankenstein – Chapter 10 – creature asks him to calm down, after Frankenstein threatens him
‘I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel’ Creature to Frankenstein – Chapter 10 – evokes religious imagery to explain his predicament
‘Everywhere I see bliss, from which I am irrevocably excluded’ Creature to Frankenstein – Chapter 10 – explains his exclusion from society
‘Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition’ Creature – Chapter 15 – identifies with Satan after watching Paradise Lost
‘Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other existence’ Creature – Chapter 15 – identifies with Adam after reading Paradise Lost
‘I vowed eternal vengeance to all mankind’ Creature – Chapter 16 – bitterness after being shot in return for trying to save drowning girl
‘ugly wretch’ William Frankenstein to Creature – Chapter 16 – William insults Creature, after he tries to kidnap him to make him his friend
‘The deadly languor and the coldness of the limbs told me that what I now held in my arms had ceased to be Elizabeth whom I had loved and cherished’ Frankenstein – Chapter 23 – Frankenstein’s reaction to finding Elizabeth dead
‘like the archangel who aspired to omnipotence, I am chained in eternal hell’ (p.161) Frankenstein to Walton – Chapter 24 (Walton’s letters) – recognises himself in Lucifer, the archangel & the effect of wanting too much power
‘He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance’ Walton about Creature – Chapter 24 (Walton’s letters) – final sentence, describing Creature’s final movements after he states his intentions to die in the Arctic
‘ see those whom I most loved die under the grasp of a daemon whom I had myself created’ (p.129) Frankenstein – Chapter 20 – contemplates what will happen once he returns to Switzerland, after refusing to make a female monster

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