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Frankenstein Discussion Questions Prologue 1. The novel begins with a series of letters in which the narrator of the novel is writing his thoughts and plans to his sister. Where is the narrator going? Why has he chosen to make this voyage? Of what does the narrator dream? What is his goal? 2. Walton says he is a “Romantic.” What is a Romantic person like? 3. What evidence does Walton provide of his Romantic leanings? 4. Aside from personal glory, what two benefits to mankind does Walton hope to achieve? 5. Identify one example of foreshadowing. 6. How do Walton’s letters illustrate the tension between eighteenth- century rationalism and nineteenth-century Romanticism? 7. What is Walton’s impression of Frankenstein? 8. How does Frankenstein react to Walton’s dream/goal? 9. Why does Frankenstein decide to tell Walton his story? Chapters I and II 1. What plot exposition does Shelley offer the reader in these chapters? 2. What are Frankenstein’s parents like? How do they feel about each other and about their child? 3. How are Victor and Elizabeth different? What kind of person is Victor? 4. What quality in young Frankenstein proves to be his tragic flaw later in life? 5. Who is Henry Clerval? What is he like? How is he different from Victor? 6. What does Victor want to accomplish in life? Why does he turn to the study of mathematics? What prevents him from continuing his study? 7. How is Elizabeth a “typical” Romantic female character? 8. How did Cornelius Agrippa and other early scientists affect young Victor? 9. How does Victor view his switch to mathematics? What does he compare it to? 10. What is foreshadowed at the end of Chapter 2? Chapters III and IV 1. How is the story of Victor’s mother’s death ironic?
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2. What does Victor contemplate in the first hours of his departure? How do these thoughts indicate his future? 3. Why does Victor not want to study the contemporary scientists suggested by M. Krempe? 4. What ultimately changes Victor’s mind about new chemists? 5. Compare the physiognomy of Krempe and Waldman. 6. What is the literary term for M. Waldman and the effect that his lecture and guidance have on Victor? 7. Why does Victor favor science above all other disciplines? 8. How is Victor’s practice of science different from the modern practice of science? 9. Why does Victor hesitate to make a creature like man? Why does he go through with it? 10. What traditional tragic flaw is Victor demonstrating? 11. What is the central flaw in Victor’s decision what to create? 12. What internal conflict does Victor deal with as he finishes his creation? 13. List some gothic details from the end of Chapter IV. 14. What is Romantic in the moral Victor shares with Walton? Chapters V and VI 1. How is the night that the creature is born an example of Gothic prose?
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