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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.…

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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…

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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."


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"watery eyes" (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…

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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.


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himself and his pain. 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


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