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Frankenstein Letter 1-4

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FRANKENSTEIN
Close analysis: Letters 1-4
ANALYSIS – LETTER I
“you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall
confer in all mankind to the last generation” (16)
“the secret of the magnet…can only be effected by an
undertaking such as mine” (16)
“commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded
with such evil forebodings.” (15)
“I prefer glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my
path” (17)
ANALYSIS – LETTER II
“ I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with
enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate in my
joy: if I am assailed by disappointment no one will endeavor
to sustain me in dejection.” (19)
“paper…is a poor medium for the communication of
feeling…I bitterly feel the want of a friend.” (19)
“when I heard a mariner”…”but I shall kill no albatross,
therefore do not be alarmed if I should come back to you as
worn and woeful as the ‘Ancient Mariner’.
ALLUSION- SAMUEL COLERIDGE
‘RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER’
“Why look’st thou so?’---With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS
….
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my head was hung.
…
Death and Life-in-Death have diced for the ship’s crew,
…
But the curse liveth for him in the eye of the dead men
 “there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the
marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me
out of the pathways of men, even to the wild sea and
unvisited regions I am about to explore.” (22)
ANALYSIS-LETTER III
“thus far I have gone, tracing a secure way over
the pathless seas: the very stars themselves being
witnesses and testimonies of my triumph.” (23-24)
“Why not still proceed over the untamed yet
obedient element? What can stop the determined
heart and resolved will of man?” (24)
ANALYSIS-LETTER IV
 “…had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic
structure.” (25)
 “He was not as the other traveller seemed to be, a svage
inhabitant of some undiscovered island, but a European.” (26)
 “I never saw a more interesting creature; his eyes have
generally an expression of wildness, and even madeness…but
there is a beam of benevelonce and sweetness that I never saw
equalled” (27)
 “ I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery” (28)
 “One man’s life or death were a small price to pay for the
acquirement of knowledge which I sought for the dominion I
should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our
race.” (29)
 ‘“Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you
drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hesr me- let me reveal
my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!”’ (29)
 “He appeared to despise himself for being the slave of
passion” (29)
“’I agree with you…we are unfashioned creatures, but
half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than
ourselves…do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak
and faulty natures…””
“ I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes
may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.”
(31)
“I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my
tale” (31)
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