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From the story FRANKENSTEIN, please give me as many quotes as you can that emphasize...

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helwa56 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 25, 2010 at 4:31 AM via web

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From the story FRANKENSTEIN, please give me as many quotes as you can that emphasize the themes of "fate and destiny".

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 25, 2010 at 6:49 AM (Answer #1)

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I will answer this question and hopefully the dozen or so people who are asking this same question today will be able to get an answer, at least from my point of view.

If you want to find quotes that emphasize fate and destiny in this novel, you should look at the beginning and end of the novel, when Robert Walton is writing to his sister, outlining his reasons for making the voyage. Then, at the end of the novel, in the letters that Walton writes to his sister when it appears as if he may be shipwrecked, he makes many comments about his pride in attempting such a voyage that would endanger his crew. You should also check out the last words of Frankenstein as he tells the end of his story. He, too, shares what he has learned about his warped pursuits of science to further his own fame, and not for the improvement of mankind. Also, the Monster's last words after Frankenstein dies also address the idea of fate and destiny, and how things would have turned out if only Frankenstein had not created him.

You will have to do this digging on your own to find valuable quotes, but I will give you a couple of examples. Walton tells the Monster at Frankenstein's deathbed:

If you had listened to the voice of conscience and heeded the stings of remorse before you had urged your diabolical vengeance to this extrimity, Frakenstein would yet have lived.

Before dying, Frankenstein tells Walton, as a means of warning him that Walton's destiny will be the same as Frankenstein's if he is not careful because he detects the same pride in Walton as he once had:

Farewell, Walton! Seek hapiness in tranquility and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.

Finally, Walton writes to his sister, explaining that he has changed his mind and decided to thwart the destiny that his blind ambition would have led him to, and thus doomed his crew:

The die is cast; I have consented to return if we are not destroyed. Thus are my hopes blasted by cowardice and indecisions. I come back ignorant and disappointed. It requires more philosophy than I possess to bear this injustice with patience.

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