Frankenstein, chapter VI
Created on May 11, 2022
Volume III - chapter VI
- wedding night
- Victor convinces Elizabth to go to bed
- He stalks through the hall checking wether the monster is close or not, holding his gun
- Elizabeth gets strangled by the monster: Frankenstein arrives too late and faints
- Following his father's death, Victor is placed in an asylum's cell for months being thought crazy
- v. vows revenge: he tells the local magistrate the story of the monster, who clearly did not believe V's tale
page 164 (beginning of chapter) "it was eight o'clock [...] were extinguished"
pristine and calm nature:
shift in atmosphere
- Nature and fear
- Dark mind/ terror and Powerful nature
Themes + gothic elements
- the foul weather creates a gothic mood: "the wind which [has] fallenin the south, now [rises] with great violence in the west[...] the clouds [sweep] across it swifter than the flight of thevulture and [dim] her rays"
parallels between characters
characterization + relationships
inferiority of Victor through his panic
- shared troubled mind
- the importance of their description of nature
- loss of their significant lover
page 168 "What then became [...] his cursed head"
- V has memories but not the creature
- V's grief towards the creature
- longing of the past
- pathos: rhetorcial Q, strong negative emotions, hyperbolic language
links with other gotic texts
power of the mind
dark mind/agitaded thoughts/ madness
- P's L
a powerless female figure
"The sun might shine, or the clouds might lour; but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before"