Photograph of Caroline (Beaufort) Frankenstein

Title

Photograph of Caroline (Beaufort) Frankenstein

Subject

This image is a symbol of the collapse of the Frankenstein household. The mother, Caroline in the Frankenstein household seems to be the only one holding everyone together, even after her death. When her image is used as false evidence in murder hopes for the family reuniting or staying safe are lost.

Description

Small picture of Victor's mother that was on William's person when he was murdered. Was later used as a means of framing and blackmail to pin the murder on the servant by the creature.
From the text: "She told me that that same evening William had teased her to let him wear a very valuable miniature that she possessed of your mother. This picture is gone, and was doubtless the temptation which urged the murderer to the deed."

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (AmazonClassics Edition) (p. 71). Amazon Classics. Kindle Edition.
Photo/small painting of Caroline was not described in detail, in the novel. Perhaps it could have been a picture in a very small frame.

Creator

Mary Shelley

Source

Frankenstein

Publisher

Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones

Date

May 12 18th century

Contributor

Rachel Bruntz and Mary Shelley

Rights

The copyright for the novel Frankenstein is in the public domain.
For the image: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/headhuntershorrorhouse/images/1/14/Penny_Dreadful_1x03_007.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160801181437

Format

Photograph

Type

Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction

Identifier

Portrait Miniature
Small Painting
Two dimensional

Coverage

A two-dimensional image of Caroline Frankenstein from the novel Frankenstein.
Geneva
After death of William
Creature
Creature & Murder

Files

Caroline Frankenstein.jpg

Citation

Mary Shelley, “Photograph of Caroline (Beaufort) Frankenstein,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed May 18, 2024, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/378.