Frankenstein Chapter 1 Analysis
Victor's parents, Alphonse and Caroline, are introduced in this chapter as loving parents who cared very deeply for Victor.
Elizabeth is introduced in this chapter. Victor develops a deep love for her, seeing her as someone he must protect.
"...I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love, and cherish."
Simile is used on page 16, in the quote "He strove to shelter her, as a fair exotic is sheltered by the gardener, from every rougher wind,..." This is significant because it shows how much Frankenstein's parents loved each other.
"I was their plaything and their idol, and something better - their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed upon them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct me to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me." (Pg. 16) - This quote is important because it shows that Frankenstein's parents love him very much. It develops their characters.
"...I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love, and cherish." (Pg. 18) - This quote is important because it establishes Frankenstein as a character with a strong sense of responsibility who wishes to protect those he loves.
Important Plot Developments
-Establishes backstory of the Frankenstein family, giving insight on the upbringing of the main character