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Do you think Victor truly has empathy for the creature?

Homework 5 Frank. Disc. Sec. 5: 132-159.

Choose one question to respond to in 1-2 paragraphs. Use direct quotes as appropriate.  Please respond to at least one other student post.
 
 Examine and analyze the reasoning the creature uses to convince Victor to create a “female” for him.Notice that the creature vacillates between reason/logic and rage. 
 
 Consider Victor’s final decision. In particular, examine the paragraph on page 130 that begins “His words had a strange effect upon me.” Do you think Victor truly has empathy for the creature? Does he, at this point, recognize his responsibility to the creature?
 


Does Victor, in your opinion, really need to travel so far and consult with new learned men in order to create the “female”? What did you think of Victor’s response to leaving Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s response to his leaving?What do you think of Victor’s intention to marry Elizabeth? Notice that Victor claims that Elizabeth will worry about HIM “suffering, away from her” (135). 
 
 Compare and contrast the description of Clerval and Victor as they begin their journey to London. 
 
 Compare the detailed, extensive description of the rural/natural landscapes to the abrupt description of the city of London. Why might Shelley emphasize one landscape over the other?
 
 Comment on the extreme poverty Victor encounters in the Orkneys. Pay close attention to his reaction to this poverty. Do you see the inhabitants of this island as another example of the outsiders in this novel? If so, is Victor now considered one of these “outsiders”?
 
 Comment on the reasoning Victor uses to NOT make the female creature (page 144). Is it a good argument? Has he figured out that his lack of compassion and responsibility cause his original creature to be violent? What do you think of his comments about how he will be remembered if he does create another monster (144-5). The line “future ages might curse me as their pest…” is something you might want to consider. 
 
 Why does Victor destroy the female creature and why does he do this in front of the male creature? Comment on the Creature’s references to “slave” and “master” in this section. 
 
 Comment on Victor’s interpretation of the Creature’s promise about Victor’s wedding night.
 
 Why does Victor keep his instruments (even though the reader

can presume that he eventually leaves them behind after being arrested) if he says “the idea of renewing my labours did not for an instant occur to me” (148)?
 
 Why might Shelley include the episode in the boat? Have any of you sailors ever fallen asleep while sailing at night????? What is going on here??? Notice that it is only after realizing the possibility of his own death that Victor considers that the Creature might harm others in his family.
 
 When were you certain that the next murder victim was Clerval? Before Victor figures it out? What did you think of the plot of the story at this point?
 
 Compare Victor’s arrest and trial to that of Justine. Examine the way Victor is treated while in jail, and consider his opinion of the nurse who takes care of him.
 
 Why is he so sick for three months?Why does Kirwin work so hard to defend him?
 
 Comment on Victor’s reaction to learning that he has a visitor. Comment on the way Victor’s father tends to him.
 
 On page 159 Victor mentions taking laudanum since his “recovery from the fever.” Is this the first fever, from when he created the Creature, or the recent one due to his arrest after Clerval’s murder? Is it unclear just when he started taking the drug?How might this influence your entire reading of the story?

Response to the student post: Comment on Victor’s interpretation of the Creature’s promise about Victor’s wedding night.

When Victor destroys the female creature, the creature makes him a promise saying ” I will be with you on your wedding night.” He wonders who the next victim will be and comes to the conclusion that it will be him. He thinks about how Elizabeth will cry and weep over his death. But never did it cross his mind that the creature would dare to kill his Elizabeth. The creature is much smarter then Victor and if he can’t have his lover then why would he let Victor have his? He wants to bring pain to Victor to show him how it feels to not have his lover.

 

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