What is the significance of Elizabeth's letters in Frankenstein?

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Just went over my notes on frankenstein and was just wondering what was the significance of the letters being given by elizabeth to victor.

I mean, I obviously know that the letter had been written to inform victor about the wellfare of his family and for elizabeth to see if hes okay, but I was just wondering if her letter served any signifcance to charetcer development or if there is any significance interms of context...

Any ideas would be helpful, thanks 😊
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Just went over my notes on frankenstein and was just wondering what was the significance of the letters being given by elizabeth to victor.

I mean, I obviously know that the letter had been written to inform victor about the wellfare of his family and for elizabeth to see if hes okay, but I was just wondering if her letter served any signifcance to charetcer development or if there is any significance interms of context...

Any ideas would be helpful, thanks 😊
not sure about the letters specifically but Elizabeth is intended to represent the idealisation of women throughout the book - she is portrayed unrealistically as almost perfect

the letters also show the link to Frankenstein's family and the fact that his family is always there to support him, even when he doesn't really deserve this support
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not sure about the letters specifically but Elizabeth is intended to represent the idealisation of women throughout the book - she is portrayed unrealistically as almost perfect

the letters also show the link to Frankenstein's family and the fact that his family is always there to support him, even when he doesn't really deserve this support
Oh, ok thanks
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Oh, ok thanks
oh and the fact that Victor relates these letters is to give credibility to his narrative (he physically produces the letters at the end, doesn't he?)
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oh and the fact that Victor relates these letters is to give credibility to his narrative (he physically produces the letters at the end, doesn't he?)
Huh...thats an interesting point 😮 i havent actually read that far off into the novel😂😂 but i have checked out something on cliffsnotes. I dont know what you mean about physically producing the letters, but he (or walton) wrote one at the end, explaining walton's departure and wants to confront the creature before heading off to Europe.

I find this interesting. Since its the last letter in the novel which could foreshadow the death of victor. Also, its the last confrontation between the monster and victor and strangely enough they both have the same intentions of imposing vengeance against eachother for the same reason of causing dismay in both of their lives. This might be a bit of a stretch but this could be an implication that victor and the creature are one in the same.

Sorry, i think i went off on a bit of a tangent there 😅
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Huh...thats an interesting point 😮 i havent actually read that far off into the novel😂😂 but i have checked out something on cliffsnotes. I dont know what you mean about physically producing the letters, but he (or walton) wrote one at the end, explaining walton's departure and wants to confront the creature before heading off to Europe.

I find this interesting. Since its the last letter in the novel which could foreshadow the death of victor. Also, its the last confrontation between the monster and victor and strangely enough they both have the same intentions of imposing vengeance against eachother for the same reason of causing dismay in both of their lives. This might be a bit of a stretch but this could be an implication that victor and the creature are one in the same.

Sorry, i think i went off on a bit of a tangent there 😅
yeah i think that's a really good point, there are a lot of parallels between victor and the monster and it's been suggested that the monster is victor's doppelgänger - a mirror of him who acts out all his darkest and most violent fantasies
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