Victor Frankenstein Quotes

“To penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding places” – Transgression of Natural Order, Ambition, Hubris. The world exists for Victor to pervert and dissect. “To penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding places” – Transgression of Natural Order, Ambition, Hubris. The world exists for Victor to pervert and dissect.
“These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving” Victor tormented by guilt finds solace in nature – irony as he has disrupted natural order. Gothic imagery – lonely, angry protagonist/ gothic hero. “These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving” Victor tormented by guilt finds solace in nature – irony as he has disrupted natural order. Gothic imagery – lonely, angry protagonist/ gothic hero.
“Abhorred Monster!” My rage was without bounds, I sprang on him” – Victor “Abhorred Monster!” My rage was without bounds I sprang on him” – Victor
“I clothes my desires under a guise which excited no suspicion” conceal true nature from all until to late for any kind of redemption – typical of tragic hero’s “I clothed my desires under a guise which excited no suspicion”- conceal true nature from all until to late for any kind of redemption – typical of tragic hero’s
“You may torture me but I will never consent” Victor, Hero – pursues monster to save humanity “you may torture me but I will never consent”- pursues monster to save humanity
“Had I a right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations” Victor, Hero – pursues monster to stop a new race of Monsters + save humanity “Had I a right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations” Victor, Hero – pursues monster to stop a new race of Monsters + save humanity
“but i am a blasted tree, the bolt has entered” “but I am a blasted tree, the bolt has entered”
“learn from me, if not from my precepts, how dangerous the acquirement of knowledge” – Victor, chapter 4 Ambition, Romanticism + Nature, Lost identity Warning to Walton “learn from me, if not from my precepts, how dangerous the acquirement of knowledge”- Victor, chapter 4/Ambition, Romanticism + Nature, Lost identity Warning to Walton
“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds which I should break through and pour a torrent of light into our dark world” – Victor, Chapter 4 Ambition, Nature “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds which I should break through and pour a torrent of light into our dark world”- Victor, Chapter 4 /Ambition, Nature
“For this I had deprived myself rest and health” Victor, chapter 5Ambition “For this i had deprived myself rest and health” Victor, chapter 5/Ambition
“I desired it with an ardour that exceeded moderation” Victor, chapter 5 Ambition “I desired it with an ardour that exceeded moderation” Victor, chapter 5 /Ambition
“the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” Victor, chapter 5Rejection, Horror, Lost ambition “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” Victor, chapter 5 /Rejection, Horror, Lost ambition
“I ardently hope the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been”Victor letter 4 religious symbolism – original sin, humans will always make the same mistake as Adam and fall into the hands of the evil serpent. Victor rejects gods power hubristically falling into the hands of the serpent. “I ardently hope the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been” Victor letter 4/ religious symbolism – original sin, humans will always make the same mistake as Adam and fall into the hands of the evil serpent. Victor rejects gods power hubristically falling into the hands of the serpent.
“Much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world than he who desires to become greater than nature will allow”Victor, Chapter 4 Warning, Ambition, Foils Walton. “Much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world than he who desires to become greater than nature will allow” Victor, Chapter 4 Warning, Ambition, Foils Walton.
“It’s gigantic stature and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous to me than belongs to humanity”Victor, chapter 5 “Its gigantic stature and the deformity of it’s aspect, more hideous to me than belongs to humanity” Victor, chapter 5
“the wretch, the filthy daemon to whom I had given life”Victor chapter 5 “the wretch, the filthy daemon to whom I had given life” Victor chapter 5
Victors parents had a ‘deep consciousness of what they owed towards the being to which they had given life” Victors parents had a “deep consciousness of what they owed towards the being to which they had given life”
Elizabeth had a ‘celestial beauty” judging upon appearances chapter 1 Elizabeth had a ‘celestial beauty” judging upon appearances chapter 1
“the world was to me a secret which I desired to divine” “The world to me was a secret which I desired to divine”
“dull yellow eye”Illness/Hybrid/ previously moon yellow – monster only appears with moon/ “dull yellow eye” Illness/Hybrid/ previously moon yellow – monster only appears with moon/
“I thought I held the corps of my dead mother” chapter 5 dreams “I thought I held the corps of my dead mother” chapter 5/ dreams
“convulsed” “wretch”chapter 5Victor and monster parallel “convulsed” “wretch”chapter 5 /Victor and monster parallel
“confident in innocence and did not tremble” chapter 8 Justine’s deathstoic bravery “confident in innocence and did not tremble” chapter 8/Justine’s death/stoic bravery
“I gnashed my teeth and ground them together, uttering a groan”Victor real monster”i gnashed my teeth my eyes became inflamed” foils monster – they are same “I gnashed my teeth and ground them together, uttering a groan” / “i gnashed my teeth my eyes became inflamed” Victor real monster /foils monster – they are same
“But I the true murderer, felt the never dying worm inside my bosom” “but I, The true murderer, felt a never dying worm inside my bosom”
“I wandered like an evil spirit” chapter 9crossing boundaries between good and evil “I wandered like an evil spirit” chapter 9/crossing boundaries between good and evil
“deep, dark, deathlike solitude” chapter 9 weak unholyliminal life/deathwallow self-pity “deep, dark, deathlike solitude” chapter 9 /weak /unholy/liminal /life+death/wallow self-pity
“Justine died; she rested”selfish guilty conscious make feel better about self weak character “Justine died; she rested” selfish/guilty conscious /make feel better about self /weak character
“men appear to me as monsters” chapter 9 Elizabeth binary oppositions merge and swap typically in gothic literature “men appear to me as monsters” chapter 9 Elizabeth binary oppositions merge and swap typically in gothic literature
“It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy, that gave wings to the soul” Victor chapter 10 seeks consolation in nature but still seeking power and greatest which puts him above human realm – gothic hero. “It had then filled my soul with a sublime ecstasy, that gave wings to the soul” Victor chapter 10 seeks consolation in nature but still seeking power and greatest which puts him above human realm – gothic hero.
“I felt a faintness seize me” Victor chapter 10typical of gothic women to faint not men – victors weakness comparison to ‘superhuman stature’ of monster “I felt a faintness seize me” Victor chapter 10typical of gothic women to faint not men – victors weakness comparison to “Super human stature” of monster
“wandering spirits” Victor calls out to nature in joy asking for redemption and acceptance – monster appears he is apart of nature, mother nature taken him in – natural force. Reveals Victor as true monster blindly rejects parts of nature but asking to be accepted – stupid. “wandering spirits” Victor calls out to nature in joy asking for redemption and acceptance – monster appears he is apart of nature, mother nature taken him in – natural force. Reveals Victor as true monster blindly rejects parts of nature but asking to be accepted – stupid.

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