Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelly
Answer each question with a complete paragraph on a separate sheet of paper.
1. Who is Prometheus?
2. What is wanderlust?
3. What is R.W.'s estimation of the man he finds on the ice (Victor)?
- What do we, the readers, learn about Victor's childhood?
2. How does Victor's childhood shape his personality?
- Who are Henry Clerval, Elizabeth and William?
2. For what reason does Victor read books?
3. What types of books does Victor prefer? Why?
- Who are Victor's teachers?
2. What different influences does each of Victor's teachers have on him?
3. What is Victor's opinion of the science of the past?
- How many years is Victor at university?
2. What keeps Victor from returning home to Switzerland?
3. How does Victor finally discover the secret of life?
- How does Victor feel and react when his creation finally comes to life? -Why?
2. Describe the fist meeting between Victor and his creation.
3. What is the importance (symbolism) of the creature's "reaching out" to Victor when it comes to life?
- What effect does Elizabeth's letter have on Victor?
2. How has Victor's opinion on science and learning changed?
3. The creature seems to have disappeared. - Where do you think he has gone?
- What happens to Victor's Brother?
2. Who is finally accused of the murder? Why?
3. How might the events in chapter 7 foreshadow events to come in the novel?
- How do Victor's feelings towards his creation change?
2. Why does Victor compare himself to an author or artist?
- Who does Victor hold responsible for the death of his brother William? Explain your answer.
- How is nature personified during the two chapters? Give examples.
- Until what point does the creature wait to appear? Why?
- Why is the creature a surprise to Victor (as well as the readers)
- What aspects of nature cause the creature pain?
- How is the creatures pain symbolic? Explain the symbolism.
- Explain the significance of the creatures discovery of fire.
- The creature uses the words, the barbarity of man; explain what he means by this.
- How does observing the poor family help the monster become aware of his won existence?
- Does his new knowledge help him to see good or evil in human nature as well as his own/
- What is the history of the creatures friends?
- What effect does the DeLacys betrayal have on the creature?
- What three books does the creature find?
- Why is the fact of the creature reading John Milton Ironic?
- Why is the discovery of a book by Plutarch appropriate for the creature?
- After leaving the poor family, what does the creature vow?
- Describe the scene with the little girl at the river. How does this episode affect the creature?
- What is the creatures demand and threat to Victor?
- What is Victors fear in creating a female monster?
- Why does the creature want Victor to build a female counterpart for him?
- After hearing the whole story, what are Victors feelings towards his creation?
- Why does Victor agree to the creatures demands?
- Can Victor be considered a coward at the beginning of this chapter? Explain your answer.
- What does Victors dialogue with his father reveal?
- Why does Henry Clerval quote poetry? What does this show the reader about him?
- How is Victors first act of creation (the creature) different from the new act in chapter twenty? Explain you answer.
- What does Victor do with his new creation?
- What is the creatures reaction to this?
- Is the creature now the master of his creator? Explain your answer.
- What has happened to Henry Clerval?
- Who is blamed for the deaths in the town?
- What is the effect of having two months pass between Victors incarceration and his freedom?
- How does Victor feel about the acts of the creature (his creation)?
- Compare Elizabeth to the monster. What effect does each have on Victor?
- Knowing the danger, why does Victor go ahead with his wedding plans?
- How does the wedding plans end?
- What is Victors reaction to the destruction of everything he loves?
- Why can this destruction be seen as ironic?
- During the chase to the North Pole, why does the creature keep Victor alive?
- Why, at the end, does Victor refrain from giving R.W. the secret of life? Is this action appropriate? Explain.
- What emotions does the creature exhibit when he sees his creator for the final time?
- Where does the creature go at the end of the novel? Why?