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III. Themes and Ending Creature’s request (for a mate) and his rationale: o Rehearses argument from beginning of account: “evil passions will have fled…” (113); “vices are the children of forced solitude…” (113); Vice (crime and murder) is the product of the denial of sympathy; o Victor, moved by the tale and feeling a sense of responsibility, agrees; returns home “haggard” and gripped by “a kind of insanity” (115). Shelley’s explicit engagement with the East: the tale of Safie: o Plot device: creature learns to read (and books are important to his understanding of himself and the world); o Association: as in sublime mountain scene, Creature is associated with otherness – here with the East, with Safie. Victor’s broken promise: o Cannot predict what female Creature would do (p. 129); o
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Unformatted text preview: The two might procreate “and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth”: And future ages might curse Victor… (p. 129); o Creature’s response: “I am your master; - obey”: Swears revenge vs. Victor: “I shall be with you on your wedding-night” (131) – • Victor misreads this, disastrously: Creature is not going to kill Victor, he’s going to make him understand (which Victor does – finally – on p. 154): o Victor’s transformation goes into high gear: Creature’s plan transforms Victor himself into a monster, a Satanic being. • Conclusion of the novel (at the outer reaches of the narrative frame and the world): o Victor tells crew to go on (p. 170); o Tells Walton to seek tranquility (174): Tension between vision and community, self and other?...
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