Close Analysis Frankenstein
“Be calm! I entreat you to hear me before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery? Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” I chose this passage because it offers insight as to how the monster feels. By telling Victor to be calm he expresses his need to be heard without interruption. Is the monster feeling anxious or is he realizing his own demise is near… Like any reasonable person he wants to give his side of the story before being judged. The monster gives the impression of feeling guilty and I wonder why? At the same time the monsters choice in words feels as if he only wishes to delay the consequence he knows he will face from his creator. I questioned why Victor would assume the monster was responsible for his brother’s death and this passage makes me believe he has good reason to blame his creation. When the monster asks, “Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery?” it makes me wonder what he has been through since his creation? I am also left with a sense of pity for the monster as it seems he is almost afraid. The words the monster uses makes me unsure how he learned to communicate with such clarity. It has you questioning if he truly is a monster, after all can a beast behave in such a way? To me it seems as if the monster feels that the anger Victor has towards him is not justified. Why does he think that Victor owes him so much just for bringing him to life? It may have been negligent for Victor to not seek him out from the start but does that make it right for the monster to blame him for all he has gone through? It is amazing to read that although the life of the monster has been difficult he wants to live. For him to say that he will defend life gives the reader insight to his basic instincts. I am left to question whether this monster is more primitive...
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