Monday, August 25, 2008

Dying Consolation

“But I, the true murderer felt the never-dying worm live in my bosom, which allowed of no hope of consolation” (74).

Shelley is using the never-dying worm, a parasite that feeds on the host in order to survive, as a symbol for Victor's guilt. Victor realizes that it is his fault that his friends and family are dying, and his guilt is not allowing him any respite from his remorse.

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