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a shout of tumultuous joy

Although there are shrieks of fear or anger here and there across this novel's landscape, this is the only shout heard in Frankenstein. The intense silence of the novel, indeed, is a remarkable stylistic achievement. The noisy enthuasiasm of the sailors may remind us of Victor's recent recollection of how the Greek soldiers wept for joy upon reencountering the sea when they returned from Persia (3.7.6). The naturalness of the mariners' response stands in paradoxical contrast with Victor's sense of transcendental empowerment. It is little wonder that he should be awakened from his sleep by the threat simple humanity poses against his aims.