The end of Frankenstein’s monster’s lamentation comes with as much passion and emotion that had guided its words since it first spoke to Robert Walton at its creator’s corpse, and yet more as its final words ring out while it resolves to depart the world of the living.  Through this, the monster carries the allegorical reference to fire to the end of the novel, mentioning its “burning miseries,” the “torturing flames” upon which it shall die, and the “conflagration” as another term for this fire. The monster is regretting the gift of fire, the feeling and passion which it was searching for, that his master unknowingly bestowed upon him.

The primary conflicting image the creature presents is an image of his internal fire, his miseries, dying and becoming extinct, yet he is doing so through fire itself. The irony is not lost, that the fire of life is being extinguished by fire itself, as it is clear that the monster wishes he had no such flame within himself, that he had not destroyed the life of his creator and those that his creator loved. In addition, there is a strong tension between the context of the language with how the creature is described saying it. The creature is described to say these words with enthusiasm, and mentions that it “shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames” (189). This disconnect between the emotions we would expect a creature of sadness to feel from the actual energy and almost excited anticipation for what it is about to do to itself creates a strong dissonance that perhaps is meant to reflect the creature’s own inner conflict, that it found passion, but only in the form of hatred inspired by his creator. This is the sad truth of the story, that Frankenstein did indeed fulfill his creation’s wish – yet in doing so doomed himself and his creature’s hopes for achieving humanity.

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