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In Frankenstein, how does the creature cause the deaths of William and Justine?

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alquan3 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM via web

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In Frankenstein, how does the creature cause the deaths of William and Justine?

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sampiper22 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 15, 2009 at 11:49 PM (Answer #1)

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The creature's first murder is that of William. In the creature's own words from Chapter 16, he was sleeping in the woods when William, a "beautiful" child came upon him and he was seized with the intention that he should "educate him as my companion and friend". Unfortunately William screamed when he saw the creature's "form" and unwittingly revealed his father was Frankenstein. The creature then decided to kill William and "grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet". The decision to make William his first victim is very deliberate and calculated.

When dead, the creature noticed a locket around William's throat which he took. Planting the locket on Justine as she herself slept, the creature framed Justine for William's murder. As a result she was duly executed.

The creature learns from the death of William that he can "create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him", therefore inspiring the creature to further crimes.

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shenkstergangster | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2010 at 3:03 AM (Answer #2)

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in chapter 16 the creature tells victor that he was the one who killed william. but that he didn't do it on purpose. He wanted to take william to raise him so that the creature would have someone to love him and someone to tell everyone that he is a good person, but his appearance isn't very appealing. Then William being frightened told the creature that he was related to the Frankenstein's and the creature quickly became upset the boy struggled and the creature grasped his throat and let him go to find that the boy fell dead at his feat.  The creature then looks around the boys neck to find a locket with a picture of elizabeth. He then takes it and puts it in justine's pocket while she's sleeping. He does this to frame her for william's murderer

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