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Frankenstein Chapters 10 through 13 Summary
Frankenstein Summary and Analysis of Chapters 9-12
Shelley, M. Chapter Shelley, Mary. Lit2Go Edition. September 23,
Victor is tormented by the false calm that descends upon the Frankenstein household following the death of Justine. He is wracked with guilt; though he intended to further the cause of human happiness, he has ended in committing "deeds of mischief beyond description horrible. His father, observing his misery, becomes ill as well. The Frankenstein family, "blasted" as a result of their recent misfortunes, retires to their summer home at Belrive. There, Victor passes most of his hours in solitude; the fact that he must keep his role in William 's death a secret makes the company of his family agonizing to him. He finds himself in extreme disharmony with the landscape of Belrive, which impresses him with its beauty and serenity. He often contemplates suicide, but is deterred by thoughts of Elizabeth's grief; he also fears the untold havoc his creature could wreak in his absence.
Sitting by the fire in his hut, the monster tells Victor of the confusion that he experienced upon being created. According to his story, one day he finds a fire and is pleased at the warmth it creates, but he becomes dismayed when he burns himself on the hot embers. He realizes that he can keep the fire alive by adding wood, and that the fire is good not only for heat and warmth but also for making food more palatable.
you re your own worst critic
During Chapters the monster is the narrator and begins to tell his tale to Victor. The monster begins his story by recalling his earliest memories and how he came to be. After fleeing the city and villages where he is not welcomed, the monster learns to live in the forest. Food is sometimes stolen, and shelter is scarce. He does manage to find a "hovel" attached to a small cottage. He fashions a way to see into the cottage and begins to observe the life of the De Lacey family — brother Felix, sister Agatha, and their blind father — who lives in the small home. The monster's beginnings are vague, as are the memories of most adults when they recall their childhood.
Felix is ecstatic to see her, kisses her hands, and refers to her as his "sweet Arabian"; later, the creature learns that her true name is Safie. The creature notes that her language is different from that of the cottagers, and that the four humans have great difficulty in understanding one another. They communicate largely through gesticulation, which the creature is initially unable to interpret; he soon realizes, however, that the cottagers are attempting to teach Safie their language. He secretly takes part in her lessons and, in this way, finally begins to master the art of speech. The book, from which Safie's lessons are taken, called the Ruins of Empires , provides the creature with a cursory knowledge of history. He grows to understand the manners, governments, and religions of modern Man, and weeps over the atrocities that human beings commit against one another. Upon hearing of man's obsession with wealth and class, the creature turns away in disgust; he wonders what place he can have among such people, since he owns no property, and is absolutely ignorant of the circumstances of his birth.
In chapter 15, the monster sees an opportunity to meet the family he was previously stalking for months. Ultimately this can be his only chance to be accepted into the community without being hated for his horrible looks and scary stature. Unfortunately, when he tries to talk to the man he fails because his family arrives at the home and immediately wants him out of the house. However, even though the family is sticking the monster he still refrains from hurting them and instead leaves the cottage and goes to his home. Like you I do believe that the creature tried his best to be good but at some point he just snap. It is understandable after all he has been through. His own creator abandoned him because of the way he looks.