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Letter I Walton writes from St Petersburg to Mrs Saville, his sister, who
lives in England.
Walton tells of his pursuit of `icy climes' in the pole.
Quest into the unknown in order to discover knowledge and
power is established ­ `I may discover the wondrous power
which attracts the…

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Walton and his crew find themselves trapped in ice.
Walton catches his first glimpse of the monster: `the shape of a
man, but apparently of gigantic stature', `a savage inhabitant of
some undiscovered island'.
Victor is discovered and the crew take him on board, he appears
to Walton as `a…

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Introduction of Clerval and the birth of Victor's brother, Ernest.
Fascination with lightning leaving only a `blasted stump'. Link to
the Prometheus myth ­ potential animating source; possibly
what Victor uses to animate monster.
Division between male and female roles are emphasised by
Elizabeth's interest in the beauty of the…

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knows he is meddling with forces too powerful to be understood by
mortals, but something overrides this.
`I must absent myself from all I love while thus employed'

Chapter Victor infuses the creature with life, gives birth to it, and as `the
Five dull yellow eye of the creature open[s]',…

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`A frightful fiend/Doth close behind him tread.' - ROAM
Chapter The First half of the chapter is a transcript of Elizabeth's letter to
Six Victor, she provides news of the family and offers sympathy.
She tells Victor of Justine Moritz, who has become a servant of
the family but is…

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found guilty and rushes from the court and passes a night of
`unmingled wretchedness'.
`Justine was condemned'. She had confessed to the murder.
Justine requests to see Elizabeth, who goes to the prison with
Victor; they discover that the confession was made to `obtain
absolution'.
`Elizabeth's heart-rending eloquence failed to…

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`Augmented and rendered sublime by the mighty Alps'
`I had been the author of unalterable evils'
Chapter Victor gains some comfort from the `sublime and magnificent
Ten scenes', which gave him `the greatest consolation that [he] was
capable of receiving.' He decides to climb to the summit of
Montanvert.
As…

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He eventually `took refuge in a low hovel' adjacent to the cottage
of the DeLacey's and makes it his home.
The novel has now reached its innermost narrative, and despite
him being a savage, he is essentially benevolent and we see how
he looses innocence after contact with the world.…

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The family teaches Safie English, monster also profits from
these lessons. Felix uses Volney's Ruins of Emipires to teach Safie
which also teachers the monster basic history, politics, religion.
He wonders at the dual nature of man, who is all at once
`powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious…

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From Plutarch he learns `high thoughts' and is `elevated' `above
the wretched sphere of [his] own reflections'. He gains an
`ardour for virtue'.
`Paradise Lost excited different and far deeper emotions' the
monster links his existence to that of Adam but also sees how
different they are ­ Adam was…

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