Frankenstein Chapter 13

Briana M

Important Quotes

"I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me: I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge." (Shelley 85)


As the monster is increasing his knowledge of the world, he is slowly understand how little he possesses. He has no family, no fortune, and no social standing. This promotes the theme of isolation and the danger of knowledge.


"...I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome." (Shelley 85)


By gaining knowledge, the monster is seeing that even if he were to be accepted by the family, he can socially never be an active member of society. There is little chance of a successful and happy future for the monster.


"I will soon explain to what these feelings tended; but allow me now to return to the cottagers, whose story excited in me such various feelings of indignation, delight, and wonder, but which all terminated in additional love and reverence for my protectors (for so I loved, in an innocent, half-painful self-deceit, to call them)." (Shelley 86)


The monster is developing a feeling of attachment to the cottagers. He is viewing them as family. "My protectors" is the closest word he has to "family." By developing this attachment, he is further isolating himself because he realizes what he is missing out on.

Characters

Themes

Good vs. Evil - The monster is portrayed to have a pure heart, and even expresses his disgust towards hurting another living creature. As the monster beings to learn more about history and the workings of the world he slowly starts becoming more evil. This also suggests that people are inherently good, and only develop evilness as they are exposed to the world.


Dangerous Knowledge - The more knowledge the monster acquires about the world, the worse off he becomes. He begins developing an anger towards the functioning of the world because it is not in his favor.


Isolation - The monster isolates himself mentally. After seeing the family together, he realizes what he has been missing out on. The presence of isolation is seen throughout the novel. The monster is isolated from every other being, and he begins to isolate Victor from the ones he loves.

Literary Techniques

"Her hair of a shining raven black, and curiously braided; her eyes were dark, but gentle, although animate; her features of a regular proportion, and her complexion wondrously fair, each cheek tinged with a lovely pink." (Shelley 82)

Imagery - This description of Safie portrays her beauty, allowing the reader to get a detailed understanding of what she looks like.


"She sang, and her voice flowed in a rich cadence, swelling or dying away, like a nightingale of the woods." (Shelley 83)

Simile - This shows Safie's talent for singing, adding to the perfection of her image.


"The book from which Felix instructed Safie was Volney's Ruins of Empires." (Shelley 84)

Allusion - This shows where the monster learned the majority of his history from. This work is critical of political and theological reigning ideologies of the world and calls for their abolition.


"For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his fellow, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heart details of vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased, and I turned away with disgust and loathing." (Shelley 84)

Irony - It is ironic that the monster has such a disgust for violence given what he accomplishes later on in the story.

Important Plot Developments

Monster learns how to speak as his protectors teach Safie how to speak. He also learns about world history through the books Felix uses to teach Safie French. By gaining knowledge on social class, government, and fortune he realizes that he is alone and will most likely never have a family or any other relationship.

Symbols

Family - Family is a symbol of love. After observing the family, the monster realizes the lack of love in his life.


Knowledge - Knowledge is a symbol for pain. The more knowledge that the monster acquires, the more in pain and depressed he is.