trying to further our knowledge instead? Is it an innate fear of the unknown comparable to Frankenstein’s reaction to the monster coming to life? Possibly notions of racism? (Esther Popovitz)17
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Page 136 (Chapter IV) “They were not entirely happy. The young man and his companion often went apart, and appeared to weep. I saw no cause for their unhappiness; but I was deeply affected by it.” I find this very interesting because here is where I noticed how the creature Frankenstein created has real and intense feelings. He is curious about the cottagers and really observes them. Victor made out this creature to be something so terrible but here was where I noticed, that he does has feelings. He is just like us humans. Victor did not see all these qualities about him initially. (Esther Beyda)Page 141 (Chapter V) “Spring advanced rapidly; the weather became fine, and the skies cloudless. It surprised me, that what before was desert and gloomy should now bloom with the most beautiful flowers and verdure.” Here, the beauty of nature and the seasons was what struck me. The fact that the creature sees and appreciates nature is also very interesting to me. He really does possess human qualities. He is affectionate and appreciative. I continue to question whether he is really a “monster” anymore, or if he ever even was. The word monster seems to have a negative connotation to it. But with all his qualities and knowledge he does not seem to be this “wretch” that Frankenstein created. No one should be afraid of him. (Esther Beyda)Page 152 “As yet I looked upon crime as a distant evil; benevolence and generosity were ever present before me.” Here, I find it interesting how the creature speaks about evil. Every person is innately born “good.” He seems to look upon evil as a bad thing so far away. But really, as he notices, evil or crime has become or is something normal. People do bad things but it isn’t that far off. Here I thought of the ideas of good and evil. Evil isn’t really so far off. (Esther Beyda)Page 91 (Oxford): “I had been the author of unalterable evils; and I lived in daily fear, lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness.” Frankenstein continues to get upset at himself for creating such a wrech to the point where he lives in a daily fear for what the monster will do next. He is already on the suspicion that the monster murdered his brother, and now because of his monster, Justine Mortiz was sentenced to death. Bad things have been happening ever since the monster came to life and it is only a matter of time, so believes Frankenstein, until the monster strikes again. (Samuel Salzman)Page 99 (Oxford): “Be calm! I entreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred on mydevoted head.” Here is where Frankenstein and the creature first meet and begin to talk.
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