-Ambition can have both good and bad consequences. Frankenstein had good intentions when he decided to make the monster; he wanted to defeat death so no one else would have to lose someone they loved. But instead there were many bad results of the monster. -Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Frankenstein showed the monster how much he hated him, and the monster returned the feeling when he vowed revenge on Victor. The monster claimed that it was because of Victor’s obvious hatred that the monster became evil. -Loneliness and depression can spread from one person to another. The monster was lonely and depressed because he didn’t have a companion, so he murdered people who were close to Victor, which in turn made Victor lonely and depressed because it was really his fault that his friends had died. -Even if you don’t like the results of your actions you must still be responsible for them. Victor tried to forget about the monster and pretend that it had not been created, but in the end he had to take responsibility for the results of his actions. Possible Topics/Questions for Discussion: -Why would Shelley choose to include Walton at the beginning and the end of the novel? Why would Shelley have characters write so many letters throughout the novel? -How are family and friends central to the novel and how do they affect the monster, Victor, and Walton? -Who leaves food behind for Victor during his pursuit? When Victor dies, how does the monster react and why?
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