Frankenstein and the Albatross

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In the fourth letter, Walton recalls Frankenstein starting to share his tale with him. Frankenstein says, “Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating drought?” (12). A drought typically resembles a long period of time. This draught that he speaks of refers to the burden that Frankenstein must carry for the remainder of his life. There is no end to his drought. He can wish for absolution, just like one might wish for rain, but for Frankenstein, a cure will never come. He is stuck in the drought of the albatross until his death. The fourth letter also has Frankenstein realize that his life will never be as it was before he was burdened. Frankenstein comes out and says himself, “I have lost everything and cannot begin life anew” (12). He himself admits that there is no way of getting rid of the burden. He seeks to kill the monster, thinking that killing him will kill the Albatross as well. It is not known if that is true or not because it never happened in the story. If it had happened, maybe the albatross would have been removed, but seeing that it did not, Frankenstein never successfully removed the Albatross. Even if he had carried out the death of the monster, he would never be able to go back to the life he lived before creating the monster. There would be no Elizabeth, Justine, William, Clerval, or his father to console him. They would all still be gone. Frankenstein would still be living with the guilt of all their deaths, reminding him of the horrible creature he brought to life- the Albatross still alive in his mind.

A key point in the argument is that Frankenstein wasn’t satisfied at his death knowing that the monster he created was going to have satisfaction over killing the ones Frankenstein loved most and Victor himself. He knows that he is going to die not yet having sought revenge on the monster. Walton recalls Frankenstein saying, “I myself was about to sink under the accumulation of distress, when I saw your vessel...
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