Frankenstein Chapter 14

More on the cottagers

Characters

Character Development

This chapter is chalk-full of background information about Safie and even Felix relating to her.


"The prospect of marrying a Christian and remaining in a country where women were allowed to take a rank in society was enchanting to her." (Shelley 88)


Safie's mother, although gone, taught Safie one of the most important things that would impact her the most later on in life. This idea of female independence that her mother instilled in her, is what led her to leave Italy with the intentions of finding Felix.

Indirect Characterization

"When alone, Safie resolved in her own mind the plan of conduct that it would become her to pursue in this emergency." (Shelley 90)


We are able to pull from this how Safie has the ability to remove herself from what her father is trying to force her to do, and make her own plans. She knows that by following her father's wish, she will only be putting herself in a bad situation, so she is taking it upon herself to be independent and do what she wants.

Themes

Human Injustice Towards Outsiders

"-it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation." (Shelley 86)


The Turk was a victim of religious prosecution and sentenced to death because of his status, rather than anything he had actually done.


"-while in his heart he had formed for other plans. He loathed the idea that his daughter should be united to a Christian-" (Shelley 88)


The Turk was prosecuted for his religion, yet he is going to turn around and do the same thing to the person who saved him, denying him the thing he promised. Not only this, but he is also going against exactly what his daughter wants.

Treatment of Women

"The Turk quickly perceived the impression that his daughter had made on the heart of Felix and endeavoured to secure him more entirely in his interests by the promise of her hand in marriage-" (Shelley 87)


Although Safie does genuinely want to be with Felix, her father is still treating her like an object that he has the power to give away.

Consequences

"They remained confined for five months before the trial took place; the result of which deprived them of their fortune and condemned them to a perpetual exile from their native country." (Shelley 89)


Felix is now having to pay for helping the Turk escape prison, but the consequences are also falling on his family.

Literary Techniques

Allusion

"-who sickened at the prospect of again returning to Asia and being immured within the walls of a harem-" (Shelley 88)


In a Muslim society, there is a part of the household that is reserved for all of the women in the home. This acts to show how much Safie breaks the mold of a passive and submissive woman.

Important Developments

Growth of the Monster

We can see the monster learning more about humans and their processes.


"-I found means, during my residence in the hovel, to produce the implements of writing-" (Shelley 87)


The monster, who has yet to even speak to humans, had taught himself the cottager's language, how to speak it, and even how to write it. We can see him developing into a more human-like creature.

Hope

Because of the hardships the cottagers faced, the monster hopes that these cases will help them understand him and sympathize with his situation rather than shun him like other humans have (Victor Frankenstein).

Citations

Wedding Ring Clipart 6. 2016. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.