Important Quotes From Frankenstein

a collection of quotes that i find most useful. they cover pretty much all themes and elements of the book. i've also included a few 'link' quotes, from other texts or books.

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Important quotes from Frankenstein
" enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings." ­ RW, P.7
"I shall certainly find no friend on the wide ocean," ­ RW, P.11
"We accordingly brought him back to the deck, and restored him to animation" ­ RW on VF,
"...playful as a summer insect... lively as a bird... the most fragile creature" ­ VF on E, P.20
", the first misfortune of my life occurred ­ an omen, as it were, of my future misery" ­ VF,
"Thus ended a day memorable to me it decided my future destiny" ­ VF on inevitable fate,
" father had taken the greatest precautions that my mind should be impressed with no
supernatural horrors." ­ VF on actually having a caring father, also, Gothicism, P.31
", I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter" ­ VF, P.32
"...a dreary night... with an anxiety that almost amounted to agony" ­ VF and the day of
creation, his mental state and pathetic fallacy, P.35
" candle was nearly burnt out" ­ VF, a metaphor for his sanity, P.35
"...he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks" ­ VF on the
monster as a newborn baby, P.36
" hand was stretched out" ­ VF on the monster as Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, P.36
"...but I escaped, and rushed down stairs" ­ VF abandons his baby, his duty, P.36
"Oh, save me! save me!" ­ VF as a damsel in distress, HC is the saviour, savehaven, P.39
"...the season contributed greatly to my convalescence" ­ VF as a Romantic, nature restores
health P.39
"During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice, I suffered living torture." ­ VF, the
beginning of injustice brought on simply by himself, P.54
"Could the daemon... also in his hellish sport have betrayed the innocent to death and
ignominy." ­ VF. It was VF who betrayed the innocent, so surely then he is the daemon? P.56
"Justine died she rested and I was alive." ­ VF is death better than life at this point? P.61
"...deep, dark, deathlike solitude" ­ VF, P.61
"I had been the author of unalterable evils" ­ VF and his inevitable fate, his realised sense of
guilt and fault, P.62
"The rain depressed me" ­ VF, pure and simple pathetic fallacy, P.65
"...the view of the tremendous and evermoving glacier... it had then filled me with a sublime
ecstasy" ­ VF on the sublime nature of his setting, P.66

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LINK: "Infinity has a tendency to fill the mind with that sort of delightful horror" ­ Edmund
Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful
"...the vast river of ice... their icy and glittering peaks" ­ VF, a continuation of the sublime, and
a reference to Rime, P.67
LINK: "The ice was here, the ice was there / The ice was all around" ­ Samuel Taylor
Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
"All men hate the wretched" ­ M, proving himself different to humans, P.67
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Of what a strange nature is knowledge!" ­ M realises that maybe all that he has learnt is not for
the better, P.83
"The injustice of his sentence was very flagrant" ­ M again experiences injustice, grows
evermore corrupt, P.85
"I can hardly describe to you the effect of these books" ­ M acquires lifechanging books, P.89
"...the picture of an omnipotent God warring with his creatures" ­ M, familiar? M vs. VF, P.…read more

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­ VF was (he is
recollecting his childhood, here) a Romantic. Now, he has gone against nature and created something
unnatural, P.114
"Had I a right... to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations?" ­ VF suddenly gains a
conscience. Was M simply a `testrun'? He has learnt his lesson, and he shall now tear up the female
M, P.119
"Have my murderous machinations deprives you also, my dearest Henry, of life?" ­ VF, I
think we now know who the murderer is, P.…read more



A good resource for use when revising for the closed book exam; identify why the quotes have been chosen and how they could be used when answering on the Gothic.

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