In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke notes that, “…will save herself from the last disgrace, and that if she must fall, she will fall by no ignoble hand” (75).  Justine “…confessed a lie” in order to safe herself rather than having the town find her guilty (Shelley 83). In Shelley’s novel during the trial when Justine is describes as being, “Confident in innocence, and did not tremble, although gazed on and execrated by thousands; for all the kindness which her beauty might otherwise have excited, was obliterated in the minds of the spectators by the imagination of the enormity she was supposed to have committed” (79). Burke is being represented here with this description just as he described Marie Antoinette as having such beauty that, “Ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult” (76). Burke believe that the revolution destroys the beauty of nature. Through the logic of Burke and his essay, the creature being the “ugly monster” that he is, is truly what is at fault of the death of the beautiful Justine. The only person that is one-hundred percent certain of Justine’s innocence, besides herself, is Victor Frankenstein. Although he admits that Justine is one of the “victims to [his] unhallowed arts” he does nothing about it and allows the town to animalize Justine and kill her, which also helps to prove Burke’s point about the age of chivalry being dead (Shelley 85). Justine “killing herself” showed the faulty morals of Victor and his being unjust while allowing her to die in order to protect himself from doom.

– Alina Cantero