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Discussion Questions for Frankenstein

Discussion Questions for Frankenstein

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Discussion Questions for 
 Frankenstein
1.What style of writing and what genre does Shelley use for the novel? Why werethese, her choices?Some aspects of this novel include gothic fiction, sciencefiction, fantasies of every kind as well as elements of romance, which includeslust. Also, there are elements of gothic horror conventions to prove the genre it iswritten in. Shelley also wrote the novel in the epistolary style, which means thatthe novel is written as a series of documents such as letters or diary pages. 2.Who is Victor Frankenstein and what do we know about him? What sort of  person, scientist, boyfriend, son, and scholar is he?Victor is the protagonist of thenovel. He starts off as an somewhat kind but obsessive, temperamental child witha quest for knowledge. However, as time progress he changes from a kind lovinginnocent youth that is fascinated by the prospects of science into a depressed,guilt-ridden man determined to destroy the fruits of his arrogant scientificendeavor.3.Who is Robert Walton and what do we know about him? How is he likeFrankenstein and how is he like the creature?Robert is the Arctic seafarer whoseletters open and close Frankenstein. Walton picks up the weak and sickly Victor Frankenstein off the ice, helps nurse him back to health, and hears Victor’s story.He records the incredible tale in a series of letters addressed to his sister, MargaretSaville, in England. He also plays a role that parallels Victor’s in many ways.Like Victor, Robert is an explorer, chasing after that unprocessedknowledge. Robert is like the creature in the respect that he too has a kind andcompassionate nature, but like the creature life experiences has jaded his view a bit.4.Are Walton and Frankenstein alike or are they different? In what ways are theyalike and what ways are they different? See latter part of question 3. Thedifference between Victor and Robert are simple. Victor could not let go of hisquest for knowledge and that was his downfall. He did not understand that somethings should be left alone; some things are unknown to man for a reason.Frankenstein never stopped to consider the consequences of his action on hisfellow human beings, or the creature he was creating. However, Robert learnedthis lesson from Victor and returned to the "real world" not continuing his quest inthe Arctic.5.Who are the DeLacey’s and what is their effect on the creature? What do theyrepresent in the context of the point Shelley is trying to make in her novel? TheDeLacey's are the family the creature is drawn too. He helps them, protects them,and learns from them. He worships them, and longs for their love andacceptance. I think the point that Shelly is trying to make here or with theDelacey's is to show that the creature does have feelings like we do, that he is infact human. he feels sympathy, affection, and desire; he is capable of 
 
 
appreciation
 
(as we see in his enjoyment of the family's music); he has mastered language; andhe is capable of self-analysis and reflection. He is like us.6.What is the creature like, in the beginning, and what does he become? How doeshis transformation support the Enlightenment’s point of view?He is initially agentle, kind being, with the same nature. However, after being abandoned byVictor, his creator, he is left confused and afraid. He tries to amalgamate himself into society, only to be shunned. This turns him into a angry, lonely andtormented being. His transformation supports the enlightenments POV in therespect that he very creation challenge's ideas grounded in tradition and faith, andadvance knowledge through thescientific method.7.What is science’s role in this book, and is Shelley in favor of the science or opposed to it, and how do you know?In my opinion what Shelly is saying aboutscience is that if science is merely done on the basis of discovery without anythought to the effects the experimentation can have we risk endangeringeverything we hold dear. I do think Shelly is in favor of science, nevertheless, Ithink that she wants us to think about the consequences our actions can have.8.What is the role of nature in this book, and how does that reflect the Romanticliterary period’s point of view?It seems to be a reaction of 
 
Victor's feelings andthoughts. Nature also seems to have a restorative element for Victor Frankenstein. While he seems to be overcome with grief, by the murders of hisfriends and family, he repeatedly shuns humanity and seeks nature for health,relaxation and to strengthen his spirits. As "Frankenstein" development andgrowth continues, Victor takes sustenance from nature, and it becomes his personal therapy when he undergoes any form of torment or stress. By chapter five of the first volume, Shelley creates this connection between Victor andnature. Thus, instead of describing his moods with metaphor, as in earlier  passages, she describes his recovery from grave illness through his affinity withnature. Throughout Frankenstein, it is nature, not other people which keep Victor healthy enough to continue living a relatively sane life. This in turn reflects theRomantic POV in the respect this literary genre is that it allows Victor and Shellyto express their individual overflow of feelings.9.Why is there not any mention of church in this book? The primary references toGod are allusions to Paradise Lost. What point might Shelley be making by usingthese allusions?I think the reason there is no out right mention of GOD in the book is because God isn't present in what Victor is trying to do. However, GOD isin the background of Victor's mind, so to speak. In his quest to be like GOD,Victor finds that he is not adapted at it. Unlike GOD he creates a "monster" thatterrorizes him and the country side. I think the reasons we see or read thisreference is because it is alluding to a more happier time in Victor's life. The promise of what could have been if he hadn't let his passion/obsession get the better of him and ruin is life. But also that in a way Victor is showcasing a very

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