Victor Frankenstein continues his pursuit of the creature, who is determined to make Victor suffer. Victor meets the De Laceys, a poor family living in exile, who teach the creature kindness and compassion. The creature murders Victor’s best friend Henry Clerval in revenge.
Frankenstein Chapters 21-24
Promethean Ambition: The ambition of Victor Frankenstein to create life as a form of playing God. Monstrosity: The physical and mental abnormality of the creature and the effect it has on society. Transformation: Victor's transformation from a naive scientist to a man of guilt and sorrow.
What is the most compelling theme in Chapters 21-24 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?
- The consequences of unchecked ambition
- The power of nature
- The importance of family
- The dangers of knowledge
The novel Frankenstein is divided into three books that each have five chapters. Chapters 21-24 are part of the second book. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein during the summer of 1816, which is known as the 'Year Without a Summer' due to the extreme weather conditions caused by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. The character of Frankenstein was based on a real-life scientist, Johann Konrad Dippel, who lived in the 17th century and was rumored to have conducted experiments in the field of alchemy and creating life.
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In what ways does the language in Chapters 21-24 portray the characters' emotions and relationships?
What themes are developed through the use of language in Chapters 21-24?
How does the language in Chapters 21-24 contribute to the overall atmosphere of the novel?
How does Shelley use language to convey the horror of Frankenstein's creation?