Chapter 17 Summary

The monster wants Victor to create a female for him to share his sympathies with. At first Victor refused it, and then the monster threatens that he will cause fear to Victor. He says that he will leave with her and cut off from all the world. Victor begins to feel compassionate for him and makes him promise to be harmless, and he will not be compelled to kill. Finally he agrees and the monster says he will monitor hium until his work is done.

Chapter 17 Commentary

I dont think that the monster should have a female companion because what if he lied to Victor and they go off on a killing spree. I believe that Victor already feels guilty enough for creating such an abomination that bringing another creature into the world would be an even greater flaw than to just live with his first mistake. You see a different side of the monster, seeing how lonely he is, and how he wants a companion to share his life with. I almost sorry for the monster because he is so alone, but he also does create evil when he loses his temper.

Chapter 17 Themes

Chapter 18 Summary

Victor has just returned home to Geneva to see his father and cousin. A major change overcomes him as he, for the first time in months, begins to feel a freedom from the depression that he has been engulfed by for most of the book. After noticing a positive change in his emotional state, Victor’s father addresses him about his possible marriage to Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth is his cousin, Victor is delighted at the prospect of Elizabeth as his wife. Even though Victor’s father is ill and wishes Victor to marry soon, he allows Victor to take a year or so in England to get back to his old self. Victor will secretly be creating a female mate for the monster, but his father and cousin must not know this dreadful information. To Victor’s surprise, his father has asked Henry Clerval to accompany him on his journey to England. The two men leave for England, and at the end of the chapter, they arrive in the beautiful country.

Chapter 18 Commentary

This chapter is imperative to the work as a whole because we are shown more incidences of Victor’s isolationist tendencies. He spends his hiding from all humanity. He says, “I passed whole days on the lake alone in a little boat, watching the clouds, and listening to the rippling of the waves, silent and listless.” We also see a very positive transition take place in Victor’s psychological state. He returns each day from the lake with a “readier smile and a more cheerful heart.” In this chapter Victor also shows his excitement about the future marriage to Elizabeth. We see that the monster has not robbed him of all of his happy feelings.

Chapter 18 Themes