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In Chapter 11 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, what does Victor feel is his destiny?

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In Chapter 11 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, what does Victor feel is his destiny?

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Posted June 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter eleven of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein "belongs" to the Creature. It is in this chapter that the Creature begins his narrative of his life. The Creature tells of his first moments of life (that he could remember), the understanding of his senses, the pain associated with the sun and fire, and his final occupancy of the hovel on the De Lacey's land. Essentially, this chapter provides nothing regarding Victor, Victor's destiny, or the destiny of the Creature.

Instead, Victor's destiny is openly discussed in chapter three of the novel. In fact, it is mentioned two times.

Such were the professor's words—rather let me say such the words of the fate, enounced to destroy me.

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Thus ended a day memorable to me: it decided my future destiny.

Victor, in telling his story to Walton, realizes that it was that moment (during Waldman's teaching) which led him down the path to his own destruction. Compounding this idea of Victor's destruction is the statement he makes in chapter twenty-four of the novel: "a high destiny seemed to bear me on until I fell, never, never again to rise." Again, Victor defines that his destiny is to die based upon the choices he made earlier in his life.

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