Ch 6-7

Chapter 6 Summary:

Victor gets a letter from his sister Elizabeth (who he is supposed to marry) in which she says she is worried about his illness and wishes to hear from him, and also that Justine Moritz is living with them again. While recovering, Victor introduces Henry Clerval to his professors but the memories of them make Victor ill again. He decides to return to Geneva, but while he waits for the trip he and Henry take a trip through the country to relax and unwind.

Chapter 7 Summary:

In this chapter, Victor is preparing to return home when he receives a letter from his father. The letter brings disheartening news; Victor’s young brother William has been murdered viciously and the family is in a state of distressed mourning. Victor, heartbroken, returns to Geneva hurriedly. On the last night before he gets to his hometown, he goes out to watch a tempest and to visit the spot of William’s death. When he reaches this spot, a flash of lightning from the storm reveals the monster standing behind some trees, watching Victor. Immediately Frankenstein knows that his creation is the murderer of his brother. The next morning, Victor finally arrives at his house and is told that Justine Moritz a girl who lives with and works for the Frankenstein family, has been accused of the murder. The chapter ends with Victor assuring his family that he knows who the real murderer is and that he can prove Justine’s innocence.


These two chapters are crucial to the book; in them is found Victor's real re-admittance into society since the creation of the monster. Also, they show that as much as Victor would like to pretend that the incident never happened, he musth face reality and realize the repercussions for his actions. Midway through chapter seven, the first of these punishments is incarnated in the form of William's tragic death. Once Frankenstein realizes that it was his creation that killed his young, innocent brother, he is overcome with grief, exclaming, "Alas! I had trurned loose into the world a depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage." These two chapters set up the basis for Victor's anguish and torment for the rest of the novel.

Themes Ch 6-7:

1. Corrupt continence between right vs. wrong
2. Meditation from Nature
3. Communication through Letters

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Essay analyzing Frankenstein and the monster:
Analysis of Victor Frankenstein:
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Frankenstein book notes:

Baker B. - Recorder & Hyperlinks, Charlotte G. - Hyperlinks, Caitlin W. - Themes, Nick B. - Chapter Summary, Mary Claire A. - Commentary