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ENGB30

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English
Course
ENGB30
Professor
Laura Jane Wey
Semester
Fall

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Lec9_oct10 Relationship Between Frankenstein and Monster (continued)  Open war (140) o Frankenstein fears the monster - just by the monster’s existence can give great fear to Frankenstein and he fears constantly as to what the monster will do next. - can also harm his family member - Frankenstein was always cold toward the monster  Frankenstein and Monster nevertheless somehow intertwined: o “I considered the being [the Monster]… nearly in the light of my own vampire, my own spirit let loose from the grave” (57) o “To [me] thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us” (77)  Strange cat-and-mouse game at the end o “I swear to pursue that daemon, who caused this misery, until he or I shall perish…” (171) o “I am satisfied: miserable wretch’ you have determined to live, and I am satisfied.” (172) o “Amidst the wilds of Tartary and Russia, although he still evaded me, I have ever followed in his track… sometimes he himself, who feared that if I lost all trace I should despair and die, often left some mark to guide me.” (172) o “Come on , my enemy; we have yet to wrestle for our lives…” (174) -Frankenstein wants the monster dead but the monster wants Frankenstein to live  Monster at Frankenstein’s deathbed (187) - very devoted to himself (Frankenstein) - asks Walton to help carry out his will of killing the monster Question: Does Frankenstein ultimately “gets it” about his own responsibility regarding the monster?  He never really understood the fact that just because he creates it that he must take care of it (nurture and educate it)  He thought that because he brought it to life that he must end it as well - Frankenstein cannot create another female for the monster because he cannot bear or risk the chance that they can reproduce and make more monsters into the world - page 190, near the end of the book, Frankenstein tells Walton Frankenstein’s Consciousness of Responsibility  “Did I not, as his maker, owe him all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow?” (120)  “Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life?” (148)  “He may be innocent of the murder, but he has certai
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