Frankenstein Chapter 23

Andrew Merrill


Victor Frankenstein: After checking into the lodge for his honeymoon with Elizabeth, Victor begins to strafe the halls looking for a hiding place from the monster who has insisted violence will ensue.

Elizabeth: Upon entering the hotel and being left alone by Victor, she is strangled by the monster and screams for help. At this moment, Victor realizes the monster never specified who he would enact his violence on.

The Monster: Kills Elizabeth violently and flees after being shot at by Victor.

The Magistrate (Foil of Victor): Is spoken to by Victor about Elizabeth's death but is puzzled on what should be their next action. Remains skeptical about the circumstances of Elizabeth's death. Doesn't have a violent strive for revenge so Victor curses him and sets out on his own to find the Monster.

Themes and Elements

Gothicism: During Victor and Elizabeth's stay at the lodge, a storm foreshadows something sinister is going to happen.

Mental Illness: After Elizabeth's death, Victor goes mad and is confined in a cell.

Vendetta: Victor speaks to the local Magistrate and sets out for revenge against the monster.

Cursed Humanity: Victor curses humanity in front of the magistrate and insists in the ignorance of the world.

Literary Devices

Imagery: "...the lovely scene of waters, woods, and mountains, obscured in darkness, yet still displaying their black outlines."

Personification: "The moon had reached her summit in the heavens and was

beginning to descend..."

Metaphor: I saw him sometimes shudder with horror; at others a lively surprise, unmingled with disbelief, was painted on his countenance.

Dialogue: "You are mistaken," said he. "I will exert myself, and if it is in my power to seize the monster, be assured that he shall suffer punishment proportionate to his crimes.

Quotes for Discussion

Victor: "My rage is unspeakable when I reflect that the murderer, whom I have turned

loose upon society, still exists. You refuse my just demand; I have

but one resource, and I devote myself, either in my life or death, to

his destruction."

"Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease;

you know not what it is you say."


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