Date of publication: 2017-09-05 01:10
How does the creature continue to learn about the family he is watching? How might a modern anthropologist or sociologist respond to the creature's methods? What is the condition of the family? How does the creature manage to help them?
Then Mary Shelley criticizes various institutions like the church and the courts of law and condemns the manner they administer justice. Justine is sent to the gallows on flimsy evidence. Earlier Safie&rsquo s father was condemned to death for no crime at all but that he was a Muslim. And when Felix appears and confesses his guilt or criminal act, he is imprisoned for about five-six months the court confiscates all their property and exiles the family. They find a miserable cottage in Germany where they spend all their days in penury depending on the forest wood and a cow which gives them some milk.
At this point, the end of the first volume of the 6868 edition, what do you expect will happen after this? How would you characterize Victor thus far?
As he ponders the toils of his labour, the use of the first person, promethean “I”, emphasizes Victor’s role as a creator and the burden of his creation: “I beheld the accomplishment of my toils”. And as Victor is aware of his desire to “infuse(s) a spark of being into the lifeless thing”, Shelley leaves readers in no doubt that his quest for dominance, transgresses human and scientific boundaries.
A turning point in the monster’s life, occurs when he saves the drowning girl from the “force of the current” and “dragged her to shore”. She was “senseless” and he, like his own creator, sought to restore life, to “restore animation”. The “rustic” fires his gun at the monster who “sank to the ground” and the Monster soon “writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone”. (The girl 8767 s father recoils in horror and reacts just as cruelly as did Victor, and as will Felix and Mr De Lacey.)
What happens shortly after Victor destroys the female (p. 695)? How is this similar to what happened after Victor created the Creature?
How much time has elapsed between Letter 6 and Letter 7 ? Where is Walton now? What has he managed to do (p. 85) and what does he desire (p. 86)? What does he tell us about himself?
Do you recognize the opening words of this chapter? Remember that Shelley gave them as the starting point of her story (p. 79).