accusation). He dies of heartache after Elizabeth is murdered. Henry Clerval is Victor Frankenstein’s best friend since childhood. They went off to Ingolstadt together, and when Victor falls ill after making the monster, he nurses him back to health. The monster later murders him after Victor refused to give him a bride. His happiness relies on the happiness of his children. Once William died, he took a negative hit as Victor did. With the death of Elizabeth towards the end of the novel, he suffers such pain over her death that he also dies. Henry serves to counter Victor in several ways. Henry is cheerful as Victor becomes more guilt- ridden after the creation of the monster and sad after the deaths of his family. He also follows science in a more ethical way than Victor does, making him Victor’s foil, a character who contrasts the main character to highlight their attributes. 6
Page Selfness, caring, protective, willing Cheerful, kind, compassionate Justine Moritz Old Man De Lacey Justine Moritz is the housekeeper to the Frankenstein family, but she is much more like a sibling to the Frankenstein children. She is accused of murdering William and later confesses falsely and receiving an execution, being a spinoff death resulting from William’s murder. The father of the De Lacey family is the head of the household, but his son Felix runs more due to how he can see. The old man is blind and is often sedentary, staying at home. The monster uses this to try to communicate with him and make a friend Justine’s death represents the loss of what is correct and ethically right. Victor’s ethical lapse that led to the monster’s creation led to Justine’s death that shows the end of ethical decisions. De Lacey is the only character in the entire book to not shy away from the monster and feel repulsed by him. Although this is primarily due to how he is blind, it also attests to his character in how he was willing to listen to a total stranger who entered his house while he was alone. He also helps to develop the monster in how it shows how the monster was kind and willing to talk before shunning humanity. Innocent, noble, graceful, dignified, isolated Blind, caring, cool Felix De Lacey Agatha De Lacey Felix is the son of De Lacey and the brother of Agatha. He is also the lover of Safie. Felix is the “man” of the house, being passionate in protecting the family in whatever situation occurs, such as when they had to flee France and when they had to remove the monster. Agatha is the son of De Lacey and the sister of Felix. She typically stays at home to help cook, clean, or tend to crops alongside her brother. 7
Page Felix and his family represent what is good in society, although sometimes there can be lapses in that. He wants what is best for the family and for his mistress, and will do what it takes in order to protect them.
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