Frankenstein Quotes Volume 1

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Volume 1:
Chapter 1:
"My family is one of the most distinguished of that republic."
Proud background. Contrasts to the misfortune the whole family suffers throughout the book.
"The innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by Heaven."
Victor is as helpless at birth as his own creation is later. The difference is that Victor's parents look
after him, whereas Victor abandons his creature entirely.
"My more than sister, since till death she was to be mine only."
Victor is possessive. The quote hints at incest, although technically Victor and Elizabeth are not
blood-related siblings.
"There was a show of gratitude and worship in his attachment to my mother."
Role of women is admired within the area of domesticity, marriage, etc.
"He strove to shelter her as a fair exotic is sheltered by the gardener."
Idea of a husband caring for his wife, who is presented perhaps as weak.
"I was their plaything and their idol."
Contrast Victor's treatment from his parents with Victor's treatment of his creation.
"Her hair was the brightest living gold."
Chosen for adoption based on looks.
"Fairer than a garden rose among dark leaved brambles."
Elizabeth is compared to those around her and is thought of as superior.
"My mother had said playfully: `I have a pretty present for my Victor.'"
Objectifies Elizabeth, referring to her as a present.

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Chapter 2:
"The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine."
Pursuit of knowledge consumes Victor.
"No human being could have passed a happier childhood."
Nature vs nurture debate ­ quote suggests Victor was not wrongly nurtured by his parents.
"It was the secrets of Heaven and earth that I desired to learn."
Shelley perhaps trying to point out that there are some things beyond the grasp of science.
"Destiny was too potent."
Destiny was too strong for Victor.…read more

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The Angel of Destruction, which asserted omnipotent sway over me."
Hyperbolic language showing Victor's self-pity, when in actual fact, he was in charge of his actions.
Chapter 4:
"Darkness had no effect upon my fancy; and a churchyard was to me merely a receptacle of
bodies deprived of life."
Disrespectful of the dead. Unnatural emotions.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example how dangerous is the acquirement
of knowledge."
Cautionary note to Walton, showing his full regret.…read more

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Suggestive of a newborn)
"shrivelled complexion"
"straight black lips"
"Fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demonical corpse to which I
had so miserably given life."
Accepts some responsibility for his actions.
"Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval."
Strong male ties throughout book suggesting men trust each other more than they trust women.
"I dreaded to behold this monster; but I feared still more that Henry should see him.…read more

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Chapter 7:
"She weeps continually and accuses herself unjustly as the cause of his death."
Elizabeth blames herself for William's death ­ self-blame is a significant theme throughout the
novel. Comparisons with Victor's self-blame for the deaths of family/friends, the creature's
self-blame at the end of the novel, etc.
"I dared not advance, dreading a thousand nameless evils that made me tremble, although I was
unable to define them.…read more

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If the reader were to read this sentence without knowing all the
circumstances, they would probably think Victor himself were on trial and in danger of his life, by
the exaggerated way he magnifies his own misfortunes and does not think of the suffering of
"Her countenance, always engaging, was rendered, by the solemnity of her feelings, exquisitely
Yet again, beauty is focussed upon in the novel. Victor focuses on Justine's beauty, rather than
other elements of the trial or her character.…read more


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