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1. Alchemy deals with a magical science, which is what Victor wanted to do in creating
his monster. Paracelsus, Albertus Magnus, and Cornelius Agrippa were all alchemists.
"…here were men who had penetrated deeper and knew more." (p.41) Victor's father rejects
alchemy as "sad trash" because Newton's book put down alchemy.

2. Natural Philosophy is the old term for physical science, especially physics.
"Natural Philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore in this
narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science." (p.40)

3. Margaret Saville is Walton's sister, the two exchange letters while Walton is away.
Margaret is the one who has shaped Walton into a feminine, nurturing being. "…my best
years spent under your gentle and feminine fosterage has so refined the groundwork of my
character…" (p.20) Margaret also has a strong distaste for the journey Walton is on.

4. Justine's function in the novel is to expose something of Victor. Justine was
thought to be the murderer of William, but really was framed by the monster. Justine is
put on trail and sentenced and killed for this crime. Victor who knows that the monster
has killed William has the power to free Justine, but he chooses to hold in his knowledge.

5. Mary Wollstonecraft was the first feminist who wrote Vindication of the Rights of
Man in 1791, and then soon after Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792. She was
married to William Godwin and they had a child Mary W. Godwin together. Mary
Wollstonecraft died soon after her daughter's birth.

6. "And oft did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation." This quote is
said when Victor is almost finished with creating the monster. Victor was feeling hatred
towards his creation, yet he still went on. He also felt loathing in creating the female,
but he stopped this creation.

7. "He looked in at the window with the utmost malice and treachery." This quote is
said when Victor is creating the female and he looks up to see the monster staring in at
him grinning. The one actually possessing the look of "malice and treachery" is Victor.
Victor is breaking the deal in that he tears the female up in front of the monster, which
then causes the monster to seek more revenge.

8. Henry Clerval is a friend of Victors, who comes to visit him when he is attending
the university. Henry arrives soon after the monster wakes, and he takes care of Victor
during his time of illness. Henry accompanies him on Victor's journey also to create the
female but stays behind. This is where the monster finds him and kills him for revenge.

9. Volney's Ruins of Empires teaches the monster about human society and himself.
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