25th February 2018

Foreshadowing in Frankenstein

Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by such slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity or ruin. When I look back, it seems to me as if this almost miraculous change of inclination and will was the immediate suggestion of the guardian angel of my life—the last e ort made by the spirit of preservation to avert the storm that was even then hang- ing in the stars and ready to envelop me. Her victory was announced by an unusual tranquillity and gladness of soul which followed the relinquishing of my ancient and latterly tormenting studies. It was thus that I was to be taught to associate evil with their prosecution, happiness with their disregard.
It was a strong e ort of the spirit of good, but it was in- e ectual. Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.

Foreshowing is like a fortune telling device, possible things that will happen.
Hints that are in Frankenstein that are saying that something bad will happen.

  • He is saying that he and the girl are built to “prosperity or ruin”, not knowing if they will be drawn to wealth and susses or destroying things. Showing foreshadowing and mystery as he is saying that to things could happen.
  • This is telling me that his destiny was to strong to stop now and it had already made a huge influence on him, ordering him to his “utter and terrible destruction.” He is saying that her laws could not be changed now and that it his his destiny to do something bad in the future, this is a great example of foreshadowing.

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