Frankenstein Quotes

Frankenstein Quotes

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Ambition

“secrets of heaven”

“unfitted for the company of strangers... ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge.. now my desires were complied with, and it would, indeed, have been folly to repent.”

“I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy…my internal being was in a state of insurrection and turmoil.”

“He showed unparalleled malignity and selfishness, in evil; he destroyed my friends; he devoted to destruction beings who possessed exquisite sensations, happiness and wisdom; nor do I know where this thirst for vengeance may end”.

‘much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein--more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation’

Page 51: “two years passed... was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries..”

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Ambition

  ‘studied the wild fancies of these writers with delight’

‘But success shall crown my endeavours’

Science is... ‘sole occupation’

‘Wants ‘glory’.

Frankenstein  ‘paid no visit to Geneva’

‘desire’ to learn

‘secrets of heaven and earth’

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Incest/roles of women

 “my more than sister… my more than sister, since till death she was to be mine only.”

:”but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding night”

: “Oh peace, peace my love” replied I “this night, and all will be safe: but this night is dreadful, very dreadful” 

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Women in general

With their ‘trifling occupations’

servant’

Men are ‘capable of a more intense application’,

‘protecting spirit’ of Frankenstein’s father

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Elizabeth

‘celestial’

‘angelic’

 ‘pretty’

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Frankenstein and Elizabeth's marriage

 ‘promised gift’

 ‘cousin’

‘sister’

 ‘expected’ ‘promised’ and ‘long-awaited’,

 ‘thousand fears arose in my mind’ 

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The dream

the ‘corpse of my dead mother in my arms’,

embraced’ Elizabeth, only for her to ‘change’

changes from being in the ‘bloom of health’ into a ‘corpse’ 

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The female monster

may ‘turn to the ‘superior beauty of man’;

was ‘almost’ like a human

may make living as a member of the human species ‘a condition precarious and full of terror’ 

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Walton

‘greater evil’ of being self educated

‘success shall crown my endeavours’

Walton- ‘must return’ 

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Description of the monster

“I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity.”

“As yet I look upon crime as a distant evil; benevolence and generosity were ever present before me”

-“The minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible.”

“like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence.”

“Why in that instant did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?”

“I like the archfiend, bore a hell within me.”

“evil thenceforth became my good 

‘a being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature sat in the sledge.’

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Description of the monster

I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath;’

‘All men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all human beings.’

 ‘Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?’

‘I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers-their grace, beauty and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified, when I viewed myself in a transparent pool’

Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?

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Description of the monster- small quotes

 ‘monster’ ‘wretch’ or the ‘creature’,

with ‘limbs’ and ‘eyes’

‘scarcely covered the work of muscles

 ‘lustrous’ black hair and ‘pearly’ teeth

‘horrid contrast’ to his ‘watery eyes’ and ‘shrivelled’ complexion,

‘grin’,

the ‘disgust’

beautiful’.

wretched’ life

‘miserable’ and

misery made me a fiend’,

declares ‘revenge’

black mark of fingers’ 

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Frankenstein and Elizabeth marriage

‘friend’

 ‘cousin’

‘favourite plan of your parents’

‘you are distant from me’

‘own free choice’

 ‘do you not love another’

‘reflected how fearful’ it

‘ravaged’ 

She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down, and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair... Flung by the murderer on its bridal bier.

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Nature

‘need no other happiness’

'enjoyed the feeling of happiness’

 ‘beautiful Mont Blanc’

 ‘light breeze’ of

‘ruffled

 ‘soft’ 

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Death of Clerval

in Clerval I saw the image of my former self; he was inquisitive and anxious to gain experience and instruction.

‘Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life?

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Journey

I must perform my engagement, and let the monster depart with his mate, before I allowed myself to enjoy the delight of a union from which I expected peace

'bitter anguish’

‘threw myself’

'beauties of the setting sun’.

'beautiful and majestic scenes’

'I enjoy existence!’

 ‘descend almost perpendicularly’ 


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Journey

lake ‘agitated by the tempest’

 ‘great ocean’- ‘ruined castles’

black woods’

‘populous towns’

‘flourishing vineyards’

‘glided’, ‘gazed’, ‘drink in a tranquillity’ 

‘tower’ of London 

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Gothic features

 ‘remotest’ places,

 ‘barren’ soil

‘miserable’ huts

constantly ‘suffering’

‘passion’

‘sensation of madness’.

waves ‘roared’-

       the ‘stony’ beach

the ‘monotonous scene’,


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Gothic features

is ‘off its hinges’;

the ‘thatch’

In this manner I distributed my occupation. But now I went into it in cold blood, and my heart often sickened at the work of my hands.

I must pause here for it requires all fortitude to recall the memory of the frightful events which I am about to relate, in proper detail, to my recollection.

dreams that the ‘fiend’s grasp’ is around his neck

‘livid with the hue of death’

 

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Creation of the female monster

In this manner I distributed my occupation. But now I went into it in cold blood, and my heart often sickened at the work of my hands.

monster’s wife may ‘become ten thousand times more malignant’

‘hate each other’,

‘first results’ of marriage

 ‘race of devils’ which

‘I trembled, and my heart failed within me’

The remains of the half-finished creature, whom I had destroyed, lay scattered on the floor, and I almost felt as if I had mangled the living flesh of a human being.

‘almost’ like a human 

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Presentation of the monster

 ‘devilish despair’

You are my creator, but I am your master-obey!

‘natural lord and king’.

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Social criticism

‘marking the dates with accuracy’

‘perfectly incredulous’.

‘tide of his incredulity’

‘rage sparkled’

‘madman’,

‘came forward’ in front of the judge

 ‘as far as he could judge’ t

 ‘why did I not die?’ 

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Comments

MEGAN

Very helpful, thanks!

Ellie

Brilliant thank you !!

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