Henry's Death Rhetorical Analysis Essay

484 Words2 Pages
Henry’s death is one of the most important moments of the novel and is another in the sequence of deaths of people close to Victor. He recalls those of William and Justine, and Elizabeth’s murder at the hands of the monster is yet to come. These deaths arouse in Victor not only a sense of grief and loss, but also strong feelings of guilt and despair because he realises that, ultimately, he is responsible for what has happened . Victor is the narrator of the passage and his only listener is Captain Walton. Walton recieves what is the first of many rhetorical questions in this passage. “How can I describe my sensations on beholding it?’ is the first of these questions; and the second, beginning ‘Have my murderous machinations…?’ is directed at Henry’s corpse. The final paragraph of the passage, beginning ‘Why did I not die’, consists of a series of rhetorical questions or exclamations that amount to a kind of lament for the position into which his experiments have brought him. The heightened manner in which Victor addresses Captain Walton (and thus…show more content…
An example of irony is in the final paragraph of the passage concerns what will happen in the future, and the reference to ‘brides and youthful lovers’ points forward to the monster’s murder of Elizabeth, which will take place quite soon afterwards. This in turn leads to the final irony of the passage. Victor speaks despairingly of the dead as ‘prey for worms and the decay of the tomb’, but it is his use of dead bodies and of the way in which decomposing matter may be reanimated that has led him into his present situation. And when he goes on to cry ‘of what materials was I made?’, he asks the same question that the monster might ask about his own origins, suggesting to the reader an increasing identification of Victor with his

More about Henry's Death Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Open Document