Frankenstein: Key Quotations by Theme

Nature and Settings

“these sublime and magnificent scenes afforded”

“the thunder burst with frightful loudness from various quarters”, “I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed” Ch.2

“my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature”, “I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves” Ch.4

“a divine spring; and the season contributed greatly to my convalescence” Ch.5

“gained additional strength from the salubrious air”, “A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy” Ch.6

“This noble war in the sky elevated my spirits”, “lightning dazzled my eyes illuminating the lake, making it appear like a vast sheet of fire” Ch.7 After Walton’s death

“the dashing of the waterfalls around spoke of a power as mighty as Omnipotence”, “sought in the magnificence the eternity of such scenes” Ch.9 After Justine’s death

“bleak skies I hail, for they are kinder to me than your fellow beings”, “desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge”. Ch.10

“the amphitheater of mountains”, “an almost insurmountable barrier to the invader who should wish to enslave it”, “What a divine day”, “the sun sunk beneath the horizon… I felt those cares and fears revive” Ch.22 Return to Geneva for the wedding

“surrounded by mountains of ice which admit no escape, and threaten every moment to crush my vessel”, “endangered”, “destruction”, “encompassed by peril” Ch.24 Walton’s 2nd letter

“I shall no longer see the sun or stars or feel the wind play on my cheeks”, “my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds. My spirit will sleep in peace”, “borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance”


Creation and Identity

“what they owed towards the being to which they given life” Ch.1

“Angel of Destruction” Ch.3

“I began the creation of a human being… a new species would bless me as its creator and source…owe their being to me” Ch.4

“wretch – the miserable monster whom I had created.” Ch.5


The Body

“A being heaven sent… a celestial stamp in all her features” Ch.1

“My heart palpitated in sickness of fear” Ch.5

“I collected bones from charnel houses; and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame.” Ch.3


Science and Knowledge

“I remained, while the storm lasted, watching its progress with curiosity and delight.” Ch. 1

“The summer months passed while I was thus engaged, heart and soul, in one pursuit. It was the most beautiful season; […] but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.” Ch. 3

“The natural phenomena that take place every day before our eyes did not escape my examinations.” Ch. 1

“After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.” Ch. 4

“The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine.” Ch. 2


Romanticism

“A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy” Ch.6

“I never saw a more interesting creature” letter 4

“A beam benevolence and sweetness” letter 4


Intertextuality

Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – Ch5 “like one, on a lonesome road who, Doth walk in fear and dread, and, having once turned round walks on, and turns no more his head; because he knows a frightful friend Doth close behind him tread.”

“Like the archangel who aspired to omnipotence, I am chained in an eternal hell.” Ch. 24 – Links to Satan in Paradise Lost.

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