Frankenstein: Chapter 9 Analysis

By: Asia Grandison

Plot Developments

Victor is grief stricken by his brother's death to the point where he contemplates suicide. His father sees the misery in Victor and decides to take the family to their home in Belrive for a change of scenery. Both Alphonse and Elizabeth feel grief, but they know that Victor feels it the most and tries to give him advice.

Characters

Victor Frankenstein- After this chapter, Victor could be describes as a round character. After the death of Justine and William, he has made a personality change. He has a negative outlook on life and contemplates suicide. He believes the recent tragedies are his fault because he created the Monster. Also, it adds on to this misery that he is keeping his troubles a secret.


Alphonse Frankenstein- Alphonse is indirectly characterized in this chapter. His decison to take the family to Belrive shows he is a loving and compassionate character who wants the best for his family. Even though he is saddened by the death of his son, he is still able to step up for his family.


Elizabeth Lavenza- Elizabeth is hung up by Justine's death because she believes her to be innocent. She remarks that the situation has changed how she sees people. This makes her a round character because as a result of Justine and William's death, she has lost her innocence.

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Themes

Consequences/Quilt/Atonement- Chapter 9 revolves around the grief faced by Victor for the death of William and Justine. His quilt has led him to believe that he is the one that deserves to be punished because he created the Monster who started the problems.


Effect of Human Misery- Alphonse, Elizabeth, and Victor are all experiencing grief from the recent deaths. Alphonse and Elizabeth are not letting the grief take over their lives. On the other hand, Victor is deeply affected by grief and contemplates suicide; what stops him is the thought of his father and Elizabeth.

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Literary Techniques

Personification- "The blood flowed freely in my veins, but a weight of despair and remorse pressed on my heart which nothing could remove."


Parallelism- "Sometimes I could cope with the sullen despair that overwhelmed me, but sometimes the whirlwind passions of my soul drove me to seek, by bodily exercise and by change of place, some relief from my intolerable sensations."


Rhetorical Questions-

"Have we lost the power of rendering you happy?"

"And could not such words from her whom I fondly prized before every other gift of fortune suffice to chase away the fiend that lurked in my heart?"

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Quotes

  • "but is it not a duty to the survivors that we should refrain from augmenting their unhappiness by an appearance of immoderate grief? It is also a duty owed to yourself, for excessive sorrow prevents improvement or enjoyment, or even the discharge of daily usefulness, without which no man is fit for society.”
    - Alphonse brings up the question of what exactly is the right way to handle grief. He believes in not letting it overcome your life, but Victor is finding that hard to do.
  • "I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever."
    -This quote shows how deeply affected Victor is by the recent deaths. He blames himself for it and the only idea he has in which he finds peace is death. It is ironic that the death of his loved ones disrupted his peace, but he finds peace in killing himself.
  • "I wished to see him again, that I might wreak the utmost extent of abhorrence on his head and avenge the deaths of William and Justine."
    -This chapter is where Victor makes up his mind to seek revenge on the Monster. The rest of the book is basically a struggle between Victor and the Monster. This quote perfectly showcases the anger in Victor towards the Monster.

Citations

"CLUSE, ON THE ARVE-SAVOY". Ida-victoire.fr. N.p., 2016. Web. 19 Sept. 2016


Tourisme, Savoie. "Pictures - Walking With Views Of The Alps". - French Alps - Savoie Mont Blanc. N.p., 2016. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.


Walter Woodburn Hyde, "The Ascent of Mont Blanc," in National Geographic, 24:8 (August 1913), 861-942.