Who Dies In Frankenstein

How many people die in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley?

Much of Victor Frankenstein's family dies as both direct and indirect results of the Creature's doing: his father; his brother, William; and his cousin Elizabeth (who is also Victor's fiancé). Victor himself also dies. Other relatives, such as Victor's mother and Elizabeth's mother (Victor's aunt), die in the novel of other causes. The Creature also kills Frankenstein's best friend, Henry Clerval, and the family's housekeeper, Justine Moritz. While the Creature does not die, at the end of the novel he says he will die soon and put an end to his misery.

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The novel mentions the death of ten people. They die in the following order:

The first one to die is Caroline Beaufort's father. After the death of her father, Caroline marries Victor's father.

Several months passed in this manner. Her father grew worse; her time was more entirely occupied in attending him; her means of subsistence decreased; and in the tenth month her father died in her arms, leaving her an orphan and a beggar. 

Elizabeth's mother dies while giving her birth. (In a variant of the novel, however, Victor Frankenstein’s father’s sister dies and her husband leaves Elizabeth in their custody).

Her mother was a German and had died on giving her birth… 

After that, Victor’s mother dies due to severe illness.

On the third day my mother sickened; her fever was accompanied by the most alarming symptoms, and the looks of her medical attendants prognosticated the worst event. On her deathbed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her.


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