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In Frankenstein, who is Elizabeth and how does Frankenstein feel about her? What does...

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marisgirl | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2009 at 7:16 AM via web

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In Frankenstein, who is Elizabeth and how does Frankenstein feel about her?

What does their relationship tell you about Frankenstein’s values and personality?

 

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor says he loves Elizabeth. They have been sweethearts since childhood. However, when he leaves to the University of Ingolstadt and makes his monster, he totally cuts off contact with "the woman he loves." Of course, Victor also cuts off contact with the rest of his family and his best friend, Clerval. He loses so much contact that Elizabeth writes him, asking if he has found another love. This shows how self-absorbed and obsessed Frankenstein is. When he finally marries Elizabeth, he knows the monster has promised to be with him "on his wedding day" but he foolishly leaves her alone while he checks out the downstairs of their honeymoon lodge. Thus, he does not seem to be a very clever or thoughtful lover and Elizabeth is the one who suffers from his lack of total commitment.

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edapooh | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM (Answer #2)

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Elizabeth was a foster sister to victor, as they got older they relationship became more serious than what they were at first. victor had strong feelings for elizabeth, he then asked her to marry him.

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