AP Lit - Frankenstein - Andrew Izzo
Characters and Character Development
Felix – Felix's mood changes instantly upon sight of the woman at the door. He went from being in a dreary mood and sorrowful into a mood of delight and animation. It can be said that Felix and the stranger have a special connection between one another.
The Lady/The Stranger/The Arabian– The woman of many names, she is a foreigner to the cottage and doesn't speak the same language as the family that inhabits the cottage. She is a new character to the story! Described as, "Always gay and happy," (Shelley 83)
The Monster – The monster constantly self-reflects on himself, however, sometimes forgetting non-human traits. His feelings and opinions change very quickly, as if he is almost bipolar. Describes himself as as a "Miserable, unhappy wretch!" We see a lot of direct characterization of his character, mainly because the monster is describing himself and everyone else throughout this chapter.
Agatha – Not explained in that great of detail in this chapter. From the writings and explanations that the monster gives about her the reader sees that Agatha plays music, is a caring human being, and follows the life of a typical woman during this time period. She is described as "the ever-gentle Agatha" (Shelley 82)
Treatment of Women - The treatment of women is seen when Felix teaches Safie. "Other lessons were impressed upon me even more deeply. I heard of the difference of sexes; and the birth and growth of children... how all the life and cares of the mother were wrapped up in the precious [child]." (Shelley 85) This quote shows the roles that a basic woman or mother would have during this time period. It shows that a stereotypical mother must devote her life to making her children happy.
Flashback and Multiple Point of View - Chapter 13 in it's entirety is just a big old flashback, as the monster is recounting events which previously happened in the story. Not only is it a flashback, but it also represents the part of the novel where there is another point of view. The points of view in this novel vary from Victor, the monster, and the letters written by R. Walton at the beginning and end of the novel.
- This quote is important to the chapter because it shows that the monster is self-aware of his issues and differences towards humans. Not only that, but it shows his admittance of his ignorance about who his character truly is (which is being a monster and abnormal). By this, it is also revealing a piece of his character, which is honesty. This honesty makes his narration a little more reliable, even though he still has prejudices towards mankind for the way he is treated.
"'Felix seemed ravished with delight when he saw her, every trait of sorrow vanished from his face, and it instantly expressed a degree of ecstatic joy, of which I could hardly believe capable...'" (Shelley 82)
- This quote is important because it shows Felix's delight when meeting a foreign character that was not previously known in the book. This adds to the plot line and will give us more information later on about the specifics of this character.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Dover Publications, 1818. Print.
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We Can Do It. Digital image. Wikimedia. Wikimedia, 2012. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.