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Mary Shelley

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers
Does the Monster die?

At the end of the novel, the Monster tells Walton that he plans to kill himself, explaining that he “shall ascend [his] funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames.” As the Monster feels he is “[p]olluted by crimes,” he can no longer find peace alive. Although there are no witnesses, and Shelley does not include an account of the Monster’s death, it is assumed he goes through with his plan. However, the Monster is clever and may have told Walton he was going to kill himself only so Walton would not pursue him.