Who is Henry Clerval and what is his relation to Victor? How does Shelley characterize death in this story? What does the creature say will happen if Victor creates a female for him p. Does the device have a formal name? What does Victor do after his recovery pp. Does the novel give clear support to this sociological premise? If the servants had any request to make, it was always through her intercession. In light of what we learn about Frankenstein in the course of his autobiography, is the worship justified? What is the story of the man's mother, Caroline Beaufort? Kirwin and how does he treat Victor? What sort of person does he seem to be? In the 1818 edition the equivalent of the first paragraph on p. Why is the novel initially set aboard a ship? How is Wilton responding to the man? What does Victor do after his recovery? The next day, why does Justine say she has confessed to the murder of William pp. That Victor promise never to attempt again the creation of a human being.
Clerval teaches him to love the aspects of nature. How does Shelley repeatedly emphasize the idea that isolation, obsession, and selfishness are dangerous? The Gothic Literature Page, a website devoted to study of Gothic fiction in England from 1764 to 1840, is intended to provide students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web. That Henry is not a true friend, and seeks in his jealously an opportunity to murder him. How much time has elapsed between Letter 3 and Letter 4? How does Victor respond to him? Without the crew, Walton cannot continue because he needs them to man the boat and carry supplies. What does Victor discover when they go to Victor's apartment p. What does the creature find in the woods? What does Victor say he will now do? What does the creature do? Is this what the author wants us to think? Even if one cannot sympathize with the monster, one can at least understand his actions. What function does the frame story, of Walton the explorer, have in the novel? What does he think about himself that he did not think before? How effective is the creature in convincing Victor? Why is this setting particularly appropriate? Much of Frankenstein takes place in austere or forbidding natural settings, many of them in regions of ice and desolation.
How does this compare with the mother's early history? What brings it to his mind? What is the significance of Milton's Paradise Lost, Plutarch's Lives, and The Sorrows of Werter? What do you make of his talk of slavery pp. Why does the creature grieve at the end of the story? Frankenstein Analysis Mary Shelley uses an elevated writing style, including many Latin and Greek based words with which students may not be familiar. The major female characters in Frankenstein tend to be innocent and ethereal, their role being mainly to instill the gentler virtues in people around them. What happens at Justine's trial pp. Or is Victor simple evading responsibility? How much time has elapsed when Walton begins writing again p. Where does one draw the line between what is human and what is not? What does the creature say he will do while Victor is at work? What kinds of things did they cause him to think about? Have we heard of him before? What happens to Victor after his arrest? First, given what Victor has said at the end of the previous chapter, what might we say is driving the labours of men in the first place? What attitudes toward justice and the justice system are expressed on pp.
What comments does Elizabeth make about her position in Swiss society? Why is he telling it to Robert instead of anyone else? Krempe and then he meets M. That Victor make another being in his the Creature's likeness, so that he has companionship. How well can the creature speak at this point of his existence? What does it say about us in society today that we think the monster's name is Frankenstein, besides the fact that we're apparently ill-read? How does he compare with the humans described in the book? Notice the place Victor Frankenstein meets his Creature. How does the creature respond to his discovery of the fire p. How well does Victor progress during the next two years p. Is this what we expect from the creature? What does Victor learn from M. .
What is Victor doing at this point? How does Victor feel as they leave Ireland and go to France pp. What things does Victor do in this chapter that harm him? The university founded there in 1472 moved to Landshut in 1802 and to Munich in 1826. In 1823 a performing version of Frankenstein was created for the stage by Richard Brinsley Peake. Who has been identified as the murderer, and on what evidence pp. Is this behavior consistent with his later behavior? How does her language problem help the creature? What is the effect of shifting to the present tense here? Why is this youthful misguidedness included in the novel at all? Are we living in a similar period today? You could even go so far as to call Victor's death a sacrifice that makes him a Christ figure. One thing to consider is the ways in which the author went about trying to adapt this very literary work to the physical performing space of the stage.
He wrote a poem called 'Prometheus Unbound. Why doesn't Victor get home quickly? What does Victor learn from M. What are the various meanings this statement could have? Is it a reasonable argument? What is the problem with the judicial system? But the rest of the world would still have hated and feared him. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Some Internet Resources. How does the Preface describe the origins of the story of Frankenstein? What do you make of this motif in the novel? Waldman say in describing modern chemistry that changes Victor's mind? What has happened in the meantime? In an influential essay, the Romantic scholar and critic Harold Bloom wrote that the reader's sympathy lies with the Creature, but in his book The Romantic Conflict 1963 Allan Rodway says the reader's sympathy lies with Victor Frankenstein. There are also some listings of Frankenstein-related television materials and even some video games.
Why do you think he tells Robert Walton this? What are the three books that the creature reads, and what does he learn from each? Should the reader do both? Another is the characters he added and subtracted , and what might have prompted him to do so. What does it add to the overall effect of the story? How would a modern scientist respond to this sort of thinking? Though it was long met with mistrust, this science increasingly shaped European society. How does Victor respond to her? The text emphasizes the difference between appearance and reality by using the chimera, a mythical creature, as a symbol. What does Victor discover when they go to Victor's apartment? To facilitate a meaningful division of the reading assignment, our reading of the 1831 text is divided into three parts according to the division into volumes of the 1818 text, and so volume numbers are provided for each division of the questions. How does Victor think of his older science as opposed to modern science p.
What are these teachers like? What sustains Victor during his pursuit? What does this reveal about what the author thinks about the meaning life? Is this a good basis for making such a decision? Frankenstein in the role of tragic hero. This is a journey Mary Shelley made with P. How has Victor come to understand himself p. Were does Victor go the next day? What happens when Victor sees an oak tree destroyed by lightning and hears an explanation? If so, what is the role of science and technology in defining that boundary? How does he feel about it? How does the Creature respond p. Daughter of a nobleman whose mother died at childbirth and then the father was arrested. The books introduced the creature to new feelings and made him contemplate more on the nature of men but some of the images made him feel dejected, like those in the Sorrows of Werter, which depicts the main character committing suicide in the end; the creature wept without understanding the emotion Shelley 188-189. How does Frankenstein's own life reveal the importance of family and friends? The crew also made him promise to turn back if they are freed from the ice where they were trapped Shelley 330.