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1
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Walton on what he deserves

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“do I not deserve to accomplish some great purpose?”

2
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Walton’s search for glory

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“my life might have been passed in ease and luxury; but I preferred glory”

3
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Walton on man’s abilities

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“what can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man”

4
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Walton’s prejudice

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“He was not, as other traveller seemed to be, a savage inhabitant of some undiscovered island, but an European”

5
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Walton on Victor’s appearance

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“his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering”

6
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Walton’s willingness to sacrifice himself for his purpose

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“how gladly I would sacrifice my fortune, my existence, my every hope, to the furtherance of my enterprise. One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay”

7
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Victor on the drink of desire of glory

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“Have you drank also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me - let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!”

8
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Victor on his mother’s mind and her work

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“Caroline Beaufort possessed a mind of an uncommon mould… she procured plain work”

9
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Caroline’s mind

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“soft and benevolent mind”

10
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Victor on his parents’ view of him

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“I was their plaything and their idol… their child, the innocent creature bestowed upon them by Heaven… they fulfilled their duties towards me”

11
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Victor on Elizabeth (ew)

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“my more than sister” “till death she was to be mine only”

12
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Caroline’s present for Victor

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“I have a pretty present for my Victor- tomorrow he shall have it”

13
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v: secrets

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“It was the secrets of heaven and earth which I desired to learn”

14
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Victor elizabeth lamp

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“the saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine-dedicated lamp in our peaceful home”

15
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banishing diseases victor

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“if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death”

16
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caroline on v and e’s marriage

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“my firmest hopes of future happiness were placed on the prospect of your union”

17
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elizabeth forgets her sadness for others

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“she forgot even her own regret in her endeavours to make us forget”

18
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victor on knowledge

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“I ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge”

19
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waldman on modern scientists

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“they penetrate into the recesses of nature… they ascend into the heavens… they have acquired new and almost unlimited powers”

20
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victor’s hubris over modern scientists

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“more, far more, will I achieve”

21
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victor on the day waldman talked about science

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“thus ended a day memorable to me: it decided my future destiny”

22
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victor: life principle debate

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“whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed?”

23
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victor on life and death and their link

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“to examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death”

24
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victor’s great discovery 1(first spark)

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“examining… the change from life to death, and death to life, until… a sudden light broke in upon me”

25
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victor’s great discovery 2 (superiority)

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“I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret”

26
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victor’s great discovery 3 (ability)

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“I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter”

27
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victor’s great discovery 4 (wiser than wise men)

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“what had been the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp”

28
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victor’s warning to walton

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“learn from me… how dangerous is the acquisiton of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world”

29
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victor’s plan for the creature

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“I resolved… to make the being of gigantic stature”

30
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the liminality of life and death

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“life and death seemed to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world”

31
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victor’s new species’s reaction

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“a new species would bless me as its creator”

32
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chasing nature

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“I pursued nature to her hiding places”

33
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victor casually grave robbing

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“I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave”

34
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promethean parallel victor torturing things

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“tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay”

35
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perfect human acc. viccy boy

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“a human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility”

36
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the creature wakes + george forster

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“I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs”

37
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victor on his newborn son

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“wretch… miserable monster… demonaical corpse”

38
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what clerval does to victor

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“restored me to life”

39
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victor gets attacked (not really and) (metaphorically)

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“I was attacked by the fatal passion”

40
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Victor beauty of a storm

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“I watched the tempest , so beautiful yet terrific”

41
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Victor realises the murderer

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“Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer”

42
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Victors arrogance/ Williams murderer

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“The mere presence of the idea was irresistible proof of the fact”

43
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Victor the creature the same

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“My own spirit let loose from the grave”

44
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Victor in Justines trial

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“My own agitation and anguish was extreme during the whole trial”

45
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Victors pain is worse than Justines

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“The tortures of the accused did not equal mine”

46
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The creature asks Victor a question

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“How dare you sport thus with life?”

47
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The creature asks Victor a request

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“I entreat you to hear me”

48
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Paradise lost reference

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“I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel”

49
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KQ on tabula rasa creature was once god

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“I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend”

50
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Victor finally thinks he might have some duty towards the creature

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“For the first time, also, I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were”