When was the last time they saw each other? Who are Agatha and Felix? Is this fact symbolically important? The monster looks for this kind of female to commiserate with the awful existence he has. And what name do we hear for the first time on p. What does he warn Walton about the Creature p. Is this what we expect from the creature? Who has been identified as the murderer, and on what evidence pp. Do we know the man's name yet? Victor, on the other hand, was obesessed in discovering the mysteries of life and the hidden laws of nature Shelley 35, 40.
Do we see the Creature die? Does this remind you of any other people's travels? The women portrayed in Frankenstein are mostly pure, passive and innocent. What does Victor learn from M. If so, what is the role of science and technology in defining that boundary? The creature was more interested in the laws and governments of people and society in general Shelley 173-174 , while Victor is more interested in science. Then, the message of Shelley is offered, if you think it was her intention to convey one to readers. What happens when the creature begins to think about himself pp. Finally he is a student and the first teacher he meets is Mr.
Who is writing Letter 1 and all the letters? How does Shelley characterize death in this story? Every narrator is able to provide more information that only comes from him. Other possible questions: What is the reason why Frankenstein is able to find purpose in life when he chooses to do revenge on the monster until either of them dies in mortal conflict? What is the man's background? It served as an illustration of many of the tenets of Godwin's philosophy, and did more to promote his ideas than his own work ever did. Why is he afraid pp. Is this more like what you expect from a horror story? How does he respond to his own appearance when he sees it? How does Victor respond to Justine's situation and to Elizabeth's anguish? How well can the creature speak at this point of his existence? What does Victor assume about the nature of the creature? What else do we learn for the first time from her statement on p. My application was of longer endurance; but it was not so severe whilst it endured.
We were strangers to any species of disunion and dispute; for although there was a great dissimilitude in our characters, there was an harmony in that very dissimilitude. Yet in the final two paragraphs of this chapter, Victor expresses a perplexing non-scientific view of how life operates. He understands the pain associated with losing a loved one and wants to eradicate this pain. What does Elizabeth say in her letter? Frankenstein's creation of the Monster would seem to usurp the creative prerogative of God. In the 1818 edition the equivalent of the first paragraph on p. If Victor was reasonable, then he could have seen that his creation will be considered an abomination in society. In light of what we learn about Frankenstein in the course of his autobiography, is the worship justified? Why has the creature caused the deaths of William and Justine? What are these teachers like? There is a selection from Paracelsus on creation in the Bedford edition, pp.
What are the uses of the letters? What does he tell us about himself? The best beginning procedure is always to read the work or at least a part all the way through so that you know what's happening. Remember that Shelley gave them as the starting point of her story p. Consider that this book was written in the midst of vast scientific advances and the advent of the Industrial Revolution. For the date, see p. Who is William and how old is he? How does the monster learn to speak? The circumstances of his father's marriage illustrate his father's character.
Victor says he takes to the branches of the sciences--in particular mathematics--built upon secure foundations. The arctic chill allows both men to study and make long and detailed conversations with each other, leading to their friendship. Why is this youthful misguidedness included in the novel at all? The creation of the Monster by Frankenstein can also be understood as a usurpation of gender: the usual role of the mother in bringing life into the world is negated. What is Walton obsessed with? How can you explain Victor's relationship to the dead? It stands in explicit opposition to the idea that man can achieve perfection -- in fact, it argues that any attempt to attain perfection will ultimately end in ruin. How does the text emphasize the difference between appearance and reality? While studying the De Lacey family, the creature learned about benevolence and generosity and the evil nature of men Shelley 187. What do you make of his talk of slavery pp. Why does he do so? And what is his father's name p.
How does Victor respond to this news? Victor says that he broke his promise to Frankenstein to make a companion for him because he does not find him trustworthy. Does his language remind you of another literary work? What sort of person does he seem to be? Is Frankenstein right to effectively disown his creation? Henry Clerval occupies himself with the moral relations of things. What is the effect of Victor's return to the present pp. How does the creature respond to his discovery of the fire p. Which books does the monster read? How might a modern anthropologist or sociologist respond to the creature's methods? This is regardless if Frankenstein was not aware of the ramifications found in his design. How does Victor feel as they leave Ireland and go to France pp.
Who or what does he credit for this change in direction p. What is the significance of Milton's Paradise Lost, Plutarch's Lives, and The Sorrows of Werter? That the Creature will wreak vengeance on him by killing the remainder of his family and his friend. Some critics have suggested that this tension between Gothic and Romantic literary modes echoes the philosophical tension that existed between herself and her husband, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. What response does he expect from the creature p. Because the being begins to grow, unexpectedly, when the life-force is activated. What happens to Elizabeth and to Victor's mother as a result of Elizabeth's scarlet fever pp.
And in turn literature can also be seen as a source of social reform, telling us what happens when science is left to operate in isolation. How does he seem to be learning things? Or is Victor simple evading responsibility? How does the creature learn about reading? Ingolstadt is in southern Germany, in Bavaria, on the Danube, 43 miles north of Munich. As the prejudice against women writers was quite strong, Shelley determined to publish the first edition anonymously. At this point, the end of the first volume of the 1818 edition, what do you expect will happen after this? Do you share my madness? How does Walton respond to Victor's impending death? The early nineteenth century was not a good time to be a female writer -- particularly if one was audacious enough to be a female novelist. How does Victor at first respond to the creature's demand? Letters also serve as a means of social interaction, as characters are frequently out of immediate contact with one another. How does the creature travel? Who is Elizabeth Lavenza and what is her story pp. What journey does Victor undertake, and when p.