How Does Victor Frankenstein Die?

The novel ‘Frankenstein’ tells the story of a scientist who brings his creation to life, only to be horrified by its appearance and abandon it. The creature blames Victor for rejecting him and making him an outcast, asking, “Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?” After Victor destroys the female monster out of fear of her being destructive, the creature seeks revenge, killing Victor’s brother, William, his friend, Henry Clerval, and his wife, Elizabeth. This leads Victor to pursue the monster to the Arctic in order to take revenge. After facing the consequences of his creation, Victor falls ill and can no longer chase the monster, saying, “When will my guiding spirit, in conducting me to the daemon, allow me the rest I so much desire; or must I die, and he yet live?” (Shelley 139). Ultimately, Victor dies aboard Captain Walton’s ship while trying to escape the monster. Walton sees the creature crying over his master and says, “I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these burning miseries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly and exult in the agony of the torturing flames. The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds. My spirit will sleep in peace, or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.” After this, the creature leaps from the window and drifts away on an ice sheet, never to be seen again.


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