by Brenda Krekeler
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
As a child Victor Frankenstein was raised by adoring wealthy
parents. His first five years he traveled in Europe and abroad with his
parents. When Victor was five years old, his mother found a four year
old girl who was under the care of a good but impoverished family. The
Frankensteins took the child into their family. Elizabeth. A second son
was born. Victor had a very happy childhood. When Victor Frankenstein
was about to leave for school Elizabeth took sick with a fever. Against
the Doctor’s advice her Mother cared for her. With her Mother’s
care, Elizabeth survived. Soon, her Mother fell ill and died. Elizabeth
became the woman of the house and Frankenstein went off to school. At
school Victor found that one of his professors supported his research.
Frankenstein spent years perfecting his skill to bring life to inanimate
things. He was obsessed to the point of illness of which he was not aware.
His obsession drove him through months and years of research and labor.
Frankenstein succeeded with bringing life to a monster with yellow eyes.
He was petrified of the monster and ran to his bedroom but the monster
found him. Frankenstein ran from his apartment and roamed the streets.
He happened upon a Swiss carriage that delivered his best friend Clerval.
Frankenstein took Clerval to his apartment. Upon finding his apartment
unoccupied by the monster, Frankenstein became excited, exaggerated with
excitement and fell into a nervous break-health and mind. Clerval nursed
him all fall and winter and into the spring. Clerval did not attend school
but listened to the crazy ranting of Frankenstein. When Frankenstein recovered
that spring he had a letter waiting for him from his cousin.
In Ingolstandt he read the letter from Elizabeth. Ernst, Victor Frankenstein’s
brother wanted to join an army. William the youngest Frankenstein was
healthy and blue eyed. And their Father was active. Elizabeth’s
message was clear – write home. Clerval nursed Victor back to health
and they spent the summer taking Asian language classes. Victor was supposed
to return to Geneva in the fall but winter set in and prevented travel.
Victor enjoyed the winter with Clerval and planned to go home in the spring
which arrived late. Clerval was comfortable with his classes and knew
many people now. Due to Victor’s impending departure, Clerval took
Victor on a vacation for many days around Ingolstandt. Upon arriving home
from their vacation, Victor was so very happy.
Victor received a letter from his Father announcing the death and murder
of his youngest brother William. The entire family was in mourning. Elizabeth
blamed herself because she let William wear a valuable picture necklace
of his Mother. William was strangled. Victor rushed home. Depressed, Victor
didn’t really want to return home, he stayed over two days at an
interim town. When he arrived at home he walked the long way home around
the lake during a terrible lightening and rain storm. During this electrical
storm Victor saw the monster he had created near the lake. Victor was
convinced that William was killed by his monster. At home his family welcomed
him, cried and told him that today Justin was to be tried for Williams’s
murder. All hoped for an acquittal.
Justine told them of her innocence but yet she was found guilty and hung
to death the following day. The family lived in grief and after two months
Victor left for the Alps. Mont Blanc was his destination. The trip was
long. He had no sleep and suffered extreme depression. Upon arrival Victor
Victor rested in the mountains and climbed the trails. It was beautiful
and he could feel himself being restored and regenerated. The next day
he awoke to a valley full of clouds and mist but he was not deterred.
He climbed up the mountain and crossed a glacier to the other side of
another mountain about one league but due to the crevices it took two
hours. He peered at the mountain stream and rising mist and the clouded
peaks. He was happy, but only for a moment. He saw the monster jumping
across the glacier. The monster talked to him and wanted Victor to listen
to his story and then Victor could decide if the monster should live or
die. They retreated to a hut and the monster began his story.
The monster tells of his first memories, how he ate berries and nuts to
survive and cupped water from the stream with his hands. Very confused,
the monster followed the light sources through the forest and eventually
began to see and understand things better. He found a hut which provided
shelter. He came upon a fire and he cooked food and took warmth and protected
it. He decided to leave and came upon a town. When he showed himself to
the townspeople he was beaten and driven out of town. He came to a cottage
where there was a hovel attached to it. He could see the occupants of
the cottage through cracks from the hovel and he witnessed a great sadness
in an old man, his son and daughter.
The monster got to know the occupants of the cottage and discovered that
one of the reasons they were sad was because of their abject poverty.
The monster was stealing their food but once he realized they couldn’t
afford food he took to gathering nuts and berries again. The monster helped
the family out by gathering wood from the forest and shoveling a walkway
to the barn. Finally spring came.
Agatha, the daughter, Felix, the son and De-Lacey the old man and Safie
an Arabian Girl occupied the cottage. Felix taught Safie his language
and the monster learned the French language with her through the cracks
in the wall. The monster realized that he was much better at imitating
the sounds than Safie.
The monster tells Victor the sad story of the cottage dwellers and why
Felix was so happy to see Safie. The cottagers were a wealthy family when
they lived in Paris France. They were French. Safie’s father was
arrested and sentenced to death. Felix saw this as an injustice and broke
Safie’s Father, who was a Turk, from jail. Felix hid them in Italy.
The French government got information on what happened and had Felix’s
father De Lacey and Felix’s sister Agatha arrested. Upon this news,
Felix left Safie and her Father. He thought once he turned himself in,
that his Father and sister would be released but they all sat in jail
in a dungeon for six months. Their fortune gone in legal fees, they fled
to Germany to the cottage where the monster found them. Safie took some
money and gems and quitted her Father, since he wanted her to marry in
the Islam religion. Safie found her way to the cottage where Felix taught
her French and they were happy lovers.
The monster found a brief case in the woods that had some clothes and
three books. He read these books and they taught him of life in a town,
life in the world and life of religion with a creator God and an evil
Satan. The monster decided to tell his cottagers about his presence. He
knocked on the door when only De Lacy was home by himself. De Lacy was
civil to the monster but when Felix got home the monster was beaten and
Agatha fainted and Safie ran from the house. The monster retreated to
The monster went into the woods and howled from grief. Upon his return,
he saw Felix and understood that Felix had told the land owner that he
no longer wanted to rent. The monster was furious and set about the cottage
to burn it. At nighttime he set it on fire and it was completely destroyed.
He departed the cottage ashes and made his way to Frankenstein’s
home to seek his creator. In Geneva, he came across a child and discovered
he was a Frankenstein and in his furry he killed the boy. He took Willaim’s
necklace with his Mother’s picture and placed it with Justine as
a mean prank on the family Frankenstein. He had read about such evil.
Frankenstein was requested by the Monster to create a female just like
him and they would leave man’s world and go to South America and
live in the Amazon with other wild animals and eat berries and nuts. Frankenstein
agreed and returned to the village the following morning.
Frankenstein’s Father told him that he was pleased to see him in
better spirits and that he wanted Victor to marry Elizabeth to bring happiness
back to the family. Victor was not ready for this due to the impending
burden of having to create a female monster. Victor contrived a story
where he would go to England for one year and return and marry Elizabeth.
Clerval was to accompany him. They had a scenic and happy trip. Victor
procrastinated and wasted time visiting all kinds of historical sites.
He wanted to do anything other than work on the female monster.
Upon Victor’s and Clerval’s arrival in London, they met with
all the philosophers for Victor’s business. Clerval and Frankenstein
received an invitation to Scotland. Victor left Clerval with the others
in Scotland. Frankenstein found an island that had a few huts and a remote
castle on a hill where he could work. Victor was sure the monster followed
him. He fixed up his hut of two rooms. He found it difficult to stay with
his labor and walked the beaches. When he worked he found it to be filled
with horror. His worked progressed but it made him sick.
The monster/demon showed himself to Victor and Victor decided to end his
labor and destroyed the new monster. The demon screamed and shrieked.
Later the demon returned and promised Victor death on the night of his
wedding and despair. Victor did not care. He cleaned his laboratory and
gathered the human body parts and weighted them with stone. He took a
boat four miles off the coast and dropped the evidence. He fell asleep
and awoke to a storm. Hungry and thirsty he spotted an isle and went to
it. An Irish population received him rudely and he was taken to the magistrate
to prove he did not murder someone on the island the previous night. Victor
expresses pain at having to recall the next chapter. Here is where we
learn Victor is relating his life’s story to someone.
Chapter Twenty One
Victor saw the magistrate and the magistrate showed Victor the body of
the dead man. It was Clerval. A man in a boat was seen leaving the area
about 10:30 p.m. – when Victor was with the isle people. Upon seeing
Clerval Victor became sick with fever for two months. Starting to recover,
his Father came to visit him and it helped. Victor was skin and bones.
The magistrate had cleared Victor of the murder charge. Victor and his
Father traveled home but had to stop in Paris because of Victor’s
Chapter Twenty Two
Victor and his father traveled home and he and Elizabeth married. She
was depressed because Victor had told her he would tell her about his
horror the day after they were wed. She was depressed because he was depressed.
Victor and Elizabeth traveled to an isle that now belonged to Elizabeth
for their wedding night.
Chapter Twenty Three
They walked the beach. Later Victor was agitated and asked Elizabeth to
retire while he paced the living room. He heard two screams and found
Elizabeth strangled on her bed. Victor made a feeble attempt to chase
the attacker but fell ill. He hired row men to take Victor to his Father.
Upon the news of Elizabeth’s death his Father faltered and died
three days later. Victor was arrested and became semi-conscience for months
in a dungeon. Victor was identified as mad. Upon his release he went to
the magistrate and told him every detail of the horror. The magistrate
refused to help him hunt the monster.
Chapter Twenty Four
Revenge ruled Victor. He took money and jewels and went to the graveyard.
Here Victor called upon all spirits to help him kill the demon. He followed
the monster for months. Sick by the day, Victor dreamed of his friends
and family at night, and it sustained him. The monster left notes on trees
for Victor to find. The monster was headed north. The monster had a sledge
and a team of dogs, stolen winter food and many pistols. He was headed
for the beach. Victor ventured out on the ice and became ill and thought
he would die. He saw the monster only one mile ahead of him. But then
the monster disappeared and Victor was about to die when he saw a ship.
Captain Walton continues the story at this point. Frankenstein told him
every detail of his horror of an existence but Victor spoke eloquently
of his love for his family and friends. The ship became lodged in ice
for many days. The ice broke and the ship headed south. Victor had died
on the ship. That night Captain Walton heard a hoarse voice in Victor’s
room. Captain Walton found the monster grieving over Frankenstein’s
dead body. The monster lamented his sorrows for all the murders and grief
he caused expressing that all his soul really wanted was love and honor.
The monster cried saying that Victor was his last victim and now he would
take the iceberg he came on back to the north. There in the land of ice
the monster would build a pyre and happily end his sorrowful existence.
The monster jumped out of the window in Victor’s room and disappeared
into the black waters.