Walton In Continuation
We return back to the direct narration of Walton, telling his sister in his letters that he believes Victor and wishes that he had known the man when he was healthier, as he now stands before death.
One day, the crewmen enter Walton’s cabin and plead with him to return to England when the ice breaks. Victor manages to motivate the men to his side, believing that the quest for vengeance is true and that they shouldn’t abandon it. Only two days later, however, the men plead again and Walton agrees.
Just as the ship is about to return to England, Victor dies and Walton and the crew decide to leave him at peace in a room. Some days later, Walton hears strange noises coming from the room and decides to investigate, finding the monster crying over the body of Victor. Walton is shocked.
The creature, becoming aware of Walton’s presence, begins to tell him of his woes, and how he is guilt-ridden because of his wrongful acts. He then states that the death of his creator means he, too, must die. The monster leaves the ship and disappears.
Frankenstein is the classic gothic horror novel which has thrilled and engrossed readers for two centuries. Written by Mary Shelley, it is a story which she intended would ‘curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart.’ The tale is a superb blend of science fiction, mystery and thriller.
Victor Frankenstein driven by the mad dream of creating his own creature, experiments with alchemy and science to build a monster stitched together from dead remains. Once the creature becomes a living breathing articulate entity, it turns on its maker and the novel darkens into tragedy.
The reader is very quickly swept along by the force of the elegant prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multi-layered themes in the novel. Although first published in 1818, Shelley’s masterpiece still maintains a strong grip on the imagination and has been the inspiration for numerous horror movies, television and stage adaptations.