The two excerpts “A Sudden Light Broke In Upon Me” and “The Accomplishment of My Toils” are written by Mary Shelly and were both featured in her novel “Frankenstein”, which was first published in 1818 .
The story follows a scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who creates a monster, which he eventually regrets creating, as it causes an array of problems including the death of his family members as well as his own death.
It can be eluded how the story is told through a reliable first person narrator by using first person pronouns such as “I” and “my”, which is expressed in the following quote; “I revolved these circumstances in my mind…”(p. 89, ll 7).
This allows Victor Frankenstein to tell his story from his own point of view inviting the reader into his experiences.
Throughout the excerpts it becomes evident how Victor Frankenstein is an intelligent and philosophical man, who questions life and science, which is expressed trough his curiosity towards science and the human body.
This is showcased on page 89, line 3: “Whence, I often asked myself, did the principal of life proceed?”.