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IMPORTANT QUOTATIONS

Theme - Against Creator

Pg. 68 " I expected this reception,"said their daemon."All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!"

Pg. 68 "Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties---". "You propose to kill me."

Pg. 68 "Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to my misery?"

Pg. 68 "You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from you fellow creature, who owe me nothing? They spawn and hate me."

Pg, 104 "Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces."

Theme - Obsession

"My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded, and soon became so ardent and eager, that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory."


"Winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labours; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves - sights which before always yielded me supreme delight - so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation.

"The summer months passed while I was thus engaged, heart and soul, in one pursuit."

Theme - Death

pg. 9 "His limbs were nearly frozen and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering"

pg. 10 "He is generally melancholy and despairing; and sometimes he gashes his teeth; as impatient of the weight of woes that oppressed him"

pg. 10 " his countenance instantly assumed an aspect of the deepest gloom"

pg. 11 " One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which...acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race"

pg. 12 " he appeared to despise himself"

pg. 13 " I have suffered great and unparalleled misfortunes. I had determined, at the time, that the memory of these exil's should die with me"

"I will endeavour to resign myself cheerfully to death and will indulge a hope of meeting you in another world."

"She died calmly."

"Her countenance expressed affection even in death."

"My mother was dead, but we had still duties which we ought to perform."

"What glory would attend the discovery, if I could only banish disease from human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death."

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