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 project. Blinded by his quest, Victor is unable to measure the consequences of what he is trying to do. Victor returns home feeling frustrated and feeling as though all his hard work had ended in the utmost failure. In addition, Victor feels guilty, realizing that his creation is the cause of his little brother’s death. During this time, he also encounters that an innocent victim, Justine, is sentenced and condemned, a person of great significance, someone like a sister, to the love of his life, Elizabeth. In analyzing the following paragraph, the reader is able to see the difficulty that Victor has in expressing his emotions.
I could not answer, “No Justine,” said Elizabeth, “he is more convinced of your innocence than I was, for even when he heard that you had confessed, he did not credit it.”
Victor initiated this paragraph with his own statement, “I could not answer,” he could have started with Elizabeth’s expressions, but chose not to. He wanted to affirm his frustration and show his lack of capacity to disclose emotion. The inability of Victor to express his own feelings leads the reader to ponder, why was he not able to say what was on his mind? 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...