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How does structure affect the reader in Chapter 8 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

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Chapter 8 of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein begins a few hours before Justine's trial and ends shortly after she dies. The chapter concludes with Victor's acceptance of his own guilt for the death of William, the death of Justine, and the misery of his father and Elizabeth.

The structure of this chapter will affect different readers in different ways. One possible way the structure affects the reader is to inspire in him or her a kind of pity for Victor Frankenstein, who sees in these moments that the creature he made, driven by his greedy ambition, has caused all of these problems. As well, the reader might feel resentment and anger towards the...

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