Frankenstein: Victor, Suffering in Silence Essay

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Throughout the book of Frankenstein, the creator of the being Frankenstein, Victor, is experienced as a suffering being. He recalls from the very beginning a time during his childhood where he was happy and surrounded by love, a time when his mother lived. Victor’s downfall or the beginning of his disgrace, initiates with the death of his mother. Victor leaves his family to start a new stage in his life, he leaves on quest for answers a true quest for knowledge. Personal motivation will lead Victor to take on the challenge of overcoming death, or to be more specific, give life to a dead body.
This challenge which brewed deep within Victor makes him forget about his own life and leads him into isolation and a complete concentration on
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Not being able to give a simple answer, adds to his character a sense of dishonestly or insecurity when referring to his thoughts and beliefs. This description seems to tie into negative emotions, mixed with guilt and remorse.
Elizabeth intervened and provided Justine with some type of comfort and support. “No Justine,” referring to Victor not feeling or believing in her guilt. But, a question arises here, does Elizabeth believe what she is saying? This sentence guides the reader to ask if Elizabeth is able to speak up, why is it that she seems to affirm and give credit to something when Victor chooses to remain silent about it. A common conclusion can guide the reader to remember that when someone remains silent when asked a question, it many times is read as a negative response.
In this particular event, Justine tries to find comfort for her current situation, but Elizabeth is in a way wanting to provide that comfort through her act of justifying Victor’s silence. Who is she really trying to convince in this passage? Is she talking to Justine or herself?
Elizabeth’s intervention confirms her need to cover for Victor, who is suffering because of the guilt he feels for the loss he has encountered. Chapter 21 confirms this when Victor confesses, “I called myself the murderer of William, of Justine, and of Clerval.” Denoting his suffering and guilt toward what has happened.
Elizabeth is between

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