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Frankenstein Chapter 20

By Mary Shelley

Chapter 20

  • Working alone in his little abandoned shack, Victor has all the time in the world to think.
  • And he suddenly realizes that the new monster will have free will. This complicates things.
  • Even if monster #1 agrees to be peaceful, monster #2 might be furiously angry at being made so hideous. She might hate monster #1. (He is ugly, after all.)
  • Mrs. Monster might very well go on a killing rampage, and then whose fault would that be? Victor's, that's whose.
  • AND what if they had monster babies? The thought is too terrible for Victor to even consider.
  • In the middle of his work, with the monster watching through the window, Victor destroys everything.

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  • He thinks he's done a good thing, and maybe he has. But he's broken his promise to a murderous monster, which is not so good.
  • The monster vows to exact revenge on Victor, promising in a very scary and not at all sexy way to be with him on his wedding night.
  • Unfortunately, one of Victor's main flaws is his obsession with himself. He assumes that the monster intends to kill him on his wedding night, despite the fact that the monster has made a habit of killing people Victor loves.
  • We call this frustrating. English majors call it "dramatic irony."
  • The next night, Victor gets a letter from Henry. It basically says, "What's taking so long? Let's go already."
  • Victor rows out into the ocean, taking the she-monster remains with him and dumping them into the water.
  • After deciding NOT to perish at sea, Victor lands in a nearby town, where instead of being treated hospitably, the people accuse him of committing a murder that happened there the night before.
  • This is fitting, since he did sort of just commit a murder. And dump the body into the water.