Analysis of Frankenstein Extract pages 101 103

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Close Analysis of Frankenstein

Extract page.101 – 103

The confrontation between Frankenstein and the monster in Mont Blanc contains distinct themes as the presence of the monster post William’s death causes Frankenstein to want to engage in “mortal combat”. The idea of revenge is very common in the gothic genre as seen in Wuthering Heights. However, the concept of vengeance is futile due to the newfound power that the monster possesses and this is present through the use of imperatives and general dominance over Frankenstein. The conflict between the monster and Frankenstein also provides an insight into the key theme of religion against science because Frankenstein’s creation (science) is now the “daemon” suggesting religion is being affected due to actions resulting from the thirst for knowledge. The meeting in an isolate surrounding provides an ideal opportunity for the monster to express his views and to convince Frankenstein to hear his side of the story.

William’s death causes Frankenstein to feel responsible for his death and he channels the guilt into anger towards the monster. The presence of the monster overwhelms Frankenstein with hatred and disgust as seen by “it was the wretch whom I had created. I trembled with rage and horror”. The strong nouns “rage” as well as “horror” show how Frankenstein despises his creation. Additionally, as he “tremble[s]”, it portrays an uncontrollable hatred towards the monster because he physically is unable to contain himself. The thirst for vengeance and inability to maintain calm is seen as he states “My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him, impelled by all the feelings”. The act of springing on the monster with impulse suggests that Frankenstein feels that the only way to sate his emotions is by killing the monster. Moreover, the “horror” is accentuated by Frankenstein being taken aback by the monster’s appearance. The monster is described to be a “hatred for human eyes” and have “unearthly ugliness”. The alliteration creates emphasis on the unattractive nature of the monster and how repulsive it is. This is further seen by the repetition of “abhorred” showing that abhorred is the only way to describe the monster.  The urge for vengeance is reciprocated by the monster too, as it wants Frankenstein to amend his mistake by curing the loneliness that it faces. The monster also expresses his rage clearly, as seen by “glut the maw of death” The use of animalistic imagery reflects the raw and instinctive anger which the monster contains within itself. Moreover, the verb “glut” creates an image of a bloodbath and excess suggesting that the monster seeks vengeance against humanity itself. Additionally, “glut” has an unpleasant sound; the use of onomatopoeia conveys the severity of the monster’s threat. The idea is supported by the critic Anne K. Mellor as she states “Only after he is repeatedly rejected does the creature become violent and decide to seek revenge” Therefore,  the monster wants revenge against Frankenstein and humanity itself for not being allowed to appertain in society. Despite the monster’s treatment by humanity, he only seeks revenge if conditions are not met which is in stark contrast to Frankenstein as he attacks the monster without any provocation. The monster is very much in control of his emotions towards Frankenstein and this is seen  by the monster being “tempted” to oppose Frankenstein yet it doesn’t react hence showing that Frankenstein has become the monster and desires revenge whilst the monster is able to maintain control.  

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The confrontation provides a focal point to depict the shift in power between the monster and the creator. As the monster approaches Frankenstein he “[feels] faintness seize [him]” implying that the presence of the monster alone is enough to pull Frankenstein from his place of tranquillity into chaos. The power shift occurs due to the physical differences between Frankenstein and the monster. The monster’s superiority can be seen as he approaches at “superhuman speed” and “[bounds] over crevices in the ice, among which [Frankenstein] had walked with caution”. The alliteration of “superhuman speed” creates an emphasis on the sheer superior ...

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