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Justine Moritz

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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Consider the character of Justine Moritz. While her story only takes two chapters of Shelley’s novel, her role as a secondary character is significant. What is Shelley’s purpose in telling Justine’s story? What truths about her time is Shelley revealing?
(Questions from A Teachers Guide issued by Signet Classics.)


Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Justine Moritz is one of many characters who fall on hard times. Her story is similar to Elizabeth’s and drives home that, while Victor is neglecting his family building the creature, his family is acting with charity.

Nonetheless, Frankenstein cannot bring himself to speak up for the girl when she is accused and convicted of little William’s death, even though she loved William. Admittedly, it’s going to be difficult to get the authorities to believe the monster story, but he doesn’t try. Because she is an outsider from a lower class (she functions as a servant girl), she is not as valuable as Frankenstein’s reputation. He feels sorry for her, but he, the only person who can save her, never considers taking the chance.


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