Important Quotes with Page Numbers for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This list of important quotations from “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements by allowing you to support your claims. All of the important quotes from Frankenstein listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes and explanations about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs than those already mentioned and explained. Aside from the thesis statements for Frankenstein, these quotes alone can act as essay questions or study questions as they are all relevant to the text in an important way. All quotes contain page numbers as well. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of Frankenstein they are referring to.
“I am by no means indifferent to the manner in which whatever moral tendencies exist in the sentiments or characters it contains shall affect the reader. ” (2)
“None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science.” (47)
“No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.” (51)
“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form?” (55)
“The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body, but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished. (56)
“God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours.” (154)
“I learned from your papers that you were my father, my creator, and to whom could I apply with more fitness than to him who had given me life? (165)
“I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me, but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. (171)
“I am malicious because I am miserable.You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? (173)
The human senses are insurmountable barriers to our union. If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear. (173)
Reference: Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Enriched Classics, 2004.