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FRANKENSTEIN QUOTES


`Did I request thee, Maker, from clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?'
­ Adam
Where: Title page (quoted from Paradise Lost)
Theme: Unwilling genesis
Context: An extraction John Milton's `Paradise Lost', where Adam bemoans his fallen
condition. The creature conceives…

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­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 1, Letter 4
Theme: Dangerous knowledge
Context: Frankenstein expresses the tragic consequence of his obsessive pursuit for
knowledge. He acknowledges that he has transgressed the realm of the known and perverted
science for his own immoral human gain. Frankenstein knows that the quest for knowledge
can…

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`I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to
the world the deepest mysteries of creation'
­ Frankenstein

`Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and
breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.'
­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 1, Chapter 4 (p. 55)
Theme:…

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of innocence, believe they have done a great deed.' Elizabeth's indictment of the judicial
system is reminiscent of Godwin's anarchistic denunciation of `positive institutions' like the
law and government as the catalyst to moral enslavement.

`Solitude was my only consolation ­ deep, dark, deathlike solitude.'
­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 2,…

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is symbolic of modern man, estranged from his creator, sometimes believing his own origins
to be meaningless and accidental, and full of rage at the conditions of his existence.

`God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring after his own image
but my form is a filthy type of yours,…

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Context: The creature's self-education

`I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense
I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered
the flesh and bone.'
­ The Creature
Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme: Prejudice, human ignorance, monstrosity
Context: The creature's…

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`Did I not, as his maker, owe him all the portion of happiness that it
was within my power to bestow?'
­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme: Prejudice, human ignorance, monstrosity
Context: The creature's self-education

`I shuddered that future ages might curse me as their pest.'…

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Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme: Prejudice, human ignorance, monstrosity
Context: The creature's self-education

`A high destiny seemed to bear on me, until I fell, never, never again
to rise.'
­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme: Prejudice, human ignorance, monstrosity
Context: The creature's self-education…

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`Seek happiness in tranquility, and avoid ambition'
­ Frankenstein
Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme: Prejudice, human ignorance, monstrosity
Context: The creature's self-education

`Evil thenceforth became my good...the completion of my
demoniacal design became an insatiable passion.'
­ The Creature
Where: Volume 2, Chapter 7 (pg. 133)
Theme:…

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