What happens during Justine's trial in Frankenstein?  

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During Justine's trial in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Justine is accused of the murder of young William Frankenstein.

Throughout the entire trial, Victor feels guilty and tortured because he is the one who created the monster responsible for the murder of William Frankenstein.

During the trial, many witnesses are called to the stand to defend Justine's character, but they are often unable to do so because they are worried about how serious this crime really is and the possibility that Justine may be guilty.

Justine does express remorse for William's death and attempts to prove her innocence, but she is not able to provide an alibi or a reason for why she was at the crime scene the night of the murder. Because Justine has no alibi for the night of this murder, she is convicted of the crime even though she pleads not guilty. Throughout the entire trial, Justine remains calm with the help of Elizabeth's defense. Unfortunately, Elizabeth's defense is not strong enough, even though she discusses Justine's good character and her relationship with the Frankenstein family. As a result, Justine is found guilty and sentenced to die by hanging.

After the trial, Elizabeth and Victor visit Justine in prison. Justine admits that she falsely confessed to the crime in order to avoid being sent to hell. She is hanged later that day.

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During Justine's trial for William Frankenstein's murder, Victor claims to suffer a "living torture" because he blames himself for the creation of his creature, the being whom he knows to be the real murderer. At first, Justine appears calm, though the evidence against her makes her seem quite guilty: she has no alibi for the night of William's murder, when spoken to by a woman in the village that night (near the body) she appeared confused, and she had a valuable trinket that had been entrusted to William in her pocket. Though witnesses are called to attest to her character, people are afraid to speak up confidently on her behalf because of the terrible nature of the crime of which she's been accused. Finally, though innocent, she confesses to the crime, though she later tells Elizabeth and Victor that she's confessed a lie, and now that lie tortures her. She is eventually found guilty and executed. All the while, Victor wallows in guilt and yet says nothing to exonerate Justine.

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