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Frankenstein Quotes- Gothic

  • "and i call on you, spirits of the dead..."
  • "his soul is as hellish as his form"
  • shelley refers to the novel as "my hideous prodgeny"
  • life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which should first break through and pour a torrent of light in to our dark world."
  • "The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occured from which my rage and misery could not extract its food" 
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Frankenstein Quotes- Settings/more nature

  •  'black and comfortless sky' 
  • 'I sat one evening in my laboratory; the sun had set, and the moon was just rising from the sea'. 
  • 'I saw, by the light of the moon, the daemon at the casement'
  • 'by the dim and yellow light of the moon'.
  • 'the thunder burst at once with frightful loudness from various quarters of the heavens'. 
  • 'Dear mountains! My own beautiful lake!'
  • the dashing of the waterfalls around, spoke a power might of Omnipotence'.
  •  'It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy, that gave wings to the soul, and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy'.
  • 'I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever'.
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Frankenstein Quotes- Elizabeth/Women

  • "Lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down and her pale distorted features covered by her hair"
  • "Men appear to me as monsters thristing for each others blood"
  • "The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a dedicated lamp in our peacefil home"
  • "I looked upon Elizabeth as mine... possession of my own"
  • Safie described as a woman of  "angelic beauty and expression"
  • Safie- "allowed only to occupy herself with infantile amusements"

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Frankenstein Themes to know

  • Religion
  • Family/Motherhood
  • The Supernatural
  • The Other
  • Transgression/overreacher/forbidden knowledge
  • Setting
  • The Hero-Villain
  • Presentation of women
  • Isolation
  • Entrapment
  • Doppelgangers
  • Marriage/Sexuality 
  • Class/Social Order
  • The Liminal
  • Death
  • Persecution
  • Revenge
  • Metamorphosis
  • Insanity
  • Ambiguity and uncertainty 
  • oppositions
  • The past
  • horror/terror
  • the sumblime
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Frankenstein Quotes- Victor

  • "I was bewildered in a cloud of wonder and horror
  • "I saw, by the light of the moon, the demon at the casement"
  • "When i thought of him, i gnashed my teeth, my eyes became inflamed"
  • "I had worked for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life in to an inaminate body"
  • "I kept my workshop of filthy creation"
  • "Begone, vile insect! or rather stay, that i may trample you to dust!"
  • "It was on a dreary night of November"
  • “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open"
  • "The beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart"
  • "Learn my miseries and do not seek to increase your own"
  • "i swear to pursue the daemon... unitl he or i should perish in mortal combat"
  • "i thought i held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms"
  • "i beheld the wretch- the miserable monster whom i had created"
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Frankenstein Quotes- Nature

  • "I find it arise, like a mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources"
  • "The light became more and more opressive to me"
  • "I remember a strong light pressed upon my nerves so i was obliged to shut my eyes"
  • "A gentle light stole over the heavens, and gave me a sensation of pleasure"
  • "The ninth circle of hell...all the sinners are stuck in frozen water up to their shoulders neck or eyes" 
  • "It was a dreary night in November... the rain pattered dismally against the panes"
  • "Glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature"
  • Frankenstein "pursued nature to her hiding places"
  • "The rain pured down in torrents and thick mists hid the summits of the mountain...the rain depressed me" (Reflection of inner turmoil showed through external weather)
  • "The waves continually threatened the safety of my little skiff"
  • "i might be driven into the wide Atlantic and feel all the tortures of starvation or be swallowed up in the immeasurable waters that roared and buffeted around me." (melodramatic)
  • "we are still surrounded by mountains of ice, still in imminent danger of being crushed in their conflict"
  • "the cold is excessive and many of my unfortunate comrades have already found a grave amidst this scene of desolation
  •  'Ruined castles hanging over precipices of piny mountains'.
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Frankenstein Quotes- The Creature

  • "i will glut the more of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends"
  • i ought to be thy Adam, but i am rather the fallen angel
  • Satan had his companion...but i am alone and detested
  • beware, for i am fearless and therefore powerful
  • "i will be with you on your wedding night"
  • "in my joy i thrust my hand in to the live embers..."
  • "I distinguished the insect from the herb and by degrees one herb from another"
  • "The thought was madness; it stirred the fiend within me- not i, but she shall suffer; the murder i have committed because i am forever robbed of all that she could give me, she shall atone!"
  • "the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again"
  • "i am malicious because i am miserable"
  • I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity.”
  • "The minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible.”
  • "Misery made me a fiend"
  • "Unearth the ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes"
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