I am practically industrious — painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour — but besides this there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore. Read Classic Books Online for Free at Page by Page Books. Soon after my arrival in the hovel I discovered some papers in the pocket of the dress which I had taken from your laboratory. I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin. The family's most trusted servant, Moritz, has returned to the family after being forced to care for her estranged mother until the latter's death. He mournfully reflects that Justine is a girl of exceptional qualities, destined to lead an admirable life; because of him, her life will be cruelly foreshortened.
In short, he learned how to create life. Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? He learns about his bodily sensations and the strange world around him. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. Through the people in the cabin, the monster is beginning to learn about love and other subtle emotions. Everything was new to him. Similar to any infant, he must learn about hot and cold, pain and comfort, hunger and satiety through his physical experiences. In each film he created a new monster which is then destroyed after it commits a series of murders.
I found that the youth spent a great part of each day in collecting wood for the family fire; and, during the night, I often took his tools, the use of which I quickly discovered, and brought home firing sufficient for the consumption of several days. You doubtless recollect these papers. He eventually realizes, however, that their despair results from their poverty, to which he has been contributing by surreptitiously stealing their food. It's very small, but at least he's out of the snow. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Main article: Personality Since Frankenstein is such a famous tale, it has been adapted many times, and, subsequently, the creature has had many different takes on him over the years, both visually, and in terms of his personality, but many of his traits are fairly consistent: He is deeply dissatisfied and depressed about life in general, holds a grudge against his creator, and is generally afraid of humanity due to its judgmental prejudice against him based solely on his grotesque appearance. I saw no cause for their unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it.
Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? Despite this, he does not hate humanity, generally avoiding humans, and will only harm others in self-defense, or those Frankenstein holds dear in a bid to harm Frankenstein. Yet she was meanly dressed, a coarse blue petticoat and a linen jacket being her only garb; her fair hair was plaited, but not adorned: she looked patient, yet sad. In the day, I believe, he worked sometimes for a neighbouring farmer, because he often went forth, and did not return until dinner, yet brought no wood with him. One night he takes refuge in a small hovel adjacent to a cottage. Victor's abandonment of science and natural philosophy is illustrative of his irrational attempt to deny that the events of the past two years have ever occurred. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery.
He is wracked by a sickness of both mind and body; this reflects the unnatural character of his endeavor, in which he attempted to take the place of god. Frankenstein tells his story to the expedition's leader, then dies of pneumonia. After two years of uninterrupted labor, he has discovered the secret which he has sought: the principle of life I:3. The monster proceeds to a village, where more people flee at the sight of him. Ever since I was condemned, my confessor has besieged me; he threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was.
Their pronunciation was quick; and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference. The young man was constantly employed out of doors, and the girl in various laborious occupations within. The chimney of the cottage is against the hovel, and it keeps him warm. But I was baffled in every attempt I made for this purpose. Madness and regret soon overwhelmed Hans, and rumors of a curse upon the Frankenstein family began to circulate. But before he is able to make his case, Felix rushes in and, believing his father to be threatened, beats the Creature, chasing him away. I had been accustomed, during the night, to steal a part of their store for my own consumption, but when I found that in doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied myself with berries, nuts, and roots which I gathered from a neighbouring wood.
These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them. Sometimes I tried to imitate the pleasant songs of the birds, but was unable. Frankenstein agrees only after the Creature promises to leave Europe forever. The monster becomes a vegetarian, living off of the land and the food that he steals from others. They performed towards him every little office of affection and duty with gentleness; and he rewarded them by his benevolent smiles. Chapters 11—12 Summary: Chapter 11 Sitting by the fire in his hut, the monster tells Victor of the confusion that he experienced upon being created. Victor's younger brother, Ernest, is now sixteen years old and aspires to join the Foreign Service; his other brother, , has turned five and is doing marvelously well.
The series revolved around , played by the late Peter Cushing, trying to create life. Whenever he reaches out, he is faced with fear and aggression, is rejected and driven away, and his bitter loneliness manifests into a seething hatred for his creator. He takes up languages and poetry -- two things in which he has never before shown the slightest interest -- and attempts to forget all that has come before. Most variations of the character are portrayed as entirely monstrous. True to his word, the Monster kills Frankenstein's new bride, Elizabeth LaVenza, as well as his best friend, Henry Clerval; he is also indirectly responsible the death of Frankenstein's father, who dies of grief after Elizabeth's body is found. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.
Read Classic Books Online for Free at Page by Page Books. This plan was thwarted by Wolf von Frankenstein. You minutely described in these papers every step you took in the progress of your work; this history was mingled with accounts of domestic occurrences. What a glorious creature must he have been in the days of his prosperity, when he is thus noble and godlike in ruin! They often, I believe, suffered the pangs of hunger very poignantly, especially the two younger cottagers, for several times they placed food before the old man when they reserved none for themselves. I tried, therefore, to dress my food in the same manner, placing it on the live embers.
This, Reader, you gotta see. The vegetables in the gardens, the milk and cheese that I saw placed at the windows of some of the cottages, allured my appetite. Yet mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery. These amiable people to whom I go have never seen me and know little of me. You hate me, but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself. The reader, however, already knows that such a wish is entirely in vain.