Frankenstein Chapters 17-End Talk

I finished Frankenstein¬†since my last blog entry and I can easily say that I was very impressed with the way that Mary Shelley could keep the reader as engaged as I was, especially considering that I’m not much of a reader. I actually enjoyed reading this book and while reading it I looked forward to the next time I would sit down and read another chapter or two. For these reasons I would recommend this book to someone who would enjoy a dark, twisted type of story. There were some moments in these last 8 chapters that I thought were key for plot development. One of these moments is right at the beginning of chapter seventeen when the monster says to Victor “You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being” (Shelley, 156) This part of the plot basically sets up the rest of the book and I will explain some of the developments that were caused due to this simple demand of the monster. Before I get into what Victor did after that I wanted to give a little opinion about what I think would have been in Victor’s best interests. If I were Victor and the monster said that to me I would have been right in the lab whipping up another life form. This would have allowed for Victor to live on the rest of his life with the people he loved and not have to worry about the monster anymore. One point I also want to make is that you’d have to trust the monster, which is a risky situation, obviously. This is easier said than done but you have to think – you can’t change what the monster has already done, so you’d have to take it upon yourself to forget about the vengeful feeling that you’ll always have, but in the long run you’re saving the people you love. Victor, being his normal self, disregarded this option and chose not to give the monster what he wishes for and instead, chose to set out to try and get revenge on the monster for everything that he has caused (and will cause).

Victor did start to create the monster a companion but he didn’t follow through with it and the monster warned Victor of the consequences that his act will have. The monster threatened to kill the people that surround Victor, one important quote demonstrating this is in chapter 20 when the monster says to Victor “…I shall be with you on your wedding-night.” (Shelley, 182) This implies that the night that Victor decides to marry Elizabeth, the monster will be there to most likely kill her. This quote also shows Mary Shelley foreshadowing future events which is worth noting. So, knowing that the monster would kill Elizabeth if they get married, he did it anyway for his own personal happiness. Typical Victor.


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