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What Is Significance Of The Death Of Clerval And The Creation Of The Wife?

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Austin Finnegan 4T What Is Significance Of The Death Of Clerval And The Creation Of The Wife? This section of the book is very interesting and I found it one of best parts of the book. In Chapter 20, Frankenstein has almost finished creating the wife for the monster when he finds he has second thoughts. He thinks about the bad outcomes that his actions could cause. The new monster may not want to be the existing monster's wife, she could also be violent and if the monsters did like each other a whole new race of monsters could roam the earth - all of these gruesome possibilities halted Frankenstein's progress and he decided to stop. Frankenstein just did not want the responsibility of another roaming danger so he became strong and stood up to the monster. The monster confronted Frankenstein after seeing Frankenstein destroy the progress of the wife. "You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains -- revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food! ...read more.


All of this is contrasted with the monsters loneliness of having nobody, not a wife or a family- his family (Frankenstein) has abandoned him and his wife has not been made. This loneliness is emphasised further on page 162 when the monster cries "Shall each man, find a wife for his bosom and each beast have his mate and I be alone?" This line makes us fell pity for the monster and we start to see that the monster is more human than we thought at first. All the monster wants from Frankenstein is a wife, a female companion just like any other male human- just like Frankenstein wants. It makes us wonder who is truly more monstrous, whether it is the monster that has only turned to evil because he was rejected or whether it is Frankenstein who has done nothing but hurt his creation. It could be argued that the monster has hurt his creator by killing off his friends however this is only a result of Frankenstein's foolishness. ...read more.


the monster will be happy and Frankenstein can lead a normal life again. When originally creating the monster Frankenstein drifts into a state of monomania. The second time, when Frankenstein starts to create the monster's wife he does not drift into monomania and this could be explained in two ways. The second time Frankenstein lacks passion for his creation and therefore there is no danger of monomania. Another explanation could be that the second time Frankenstein had friends with him. This is a constant theme throughout the novel. Friends are comforting and offer reassurance, and sadly the monster does not have these friends. He was judged straight away on his appearance. This is another constant theme, the human tendency to judge a person based on his or her appearance. It is true that the monster appeared horrifying, but he is shown to be more "humane" than the other humans, indeed, he is at first more sensitive and tolerant. Unfortunately, no one tries to understand him or to accept him the way he is. ...read more.

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