If you had seen the man who thus capitulated for his safety, your surprise would have been boundless. His limbs were nearly frozen, and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein asks the questions science fiction tends most often to ask: What does it mean to be human? Where does one draw the line between what is human and what is not? One of the most curious things about Frankenstein, the novel and the movies made from it, is the tendency people have to call the Monster himself Frankenstein.
Is this mere careless usage, or does it reflect something telling about the story? Is there a firm boundary between what is naturally possible and what isn't? If so, what is the role of science and technology in defining that boundary?
On page 7 in the "Author's Introduction," Mary Shelley describes her objective: One which could speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror--one to make the reader dread to look around, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beating of the heart.
In other words, what are the uses of horror? The Letters Describe the narrative structure of the novel? Who is the narrator? What are the uses of the letters? What is Robert Walton like?
See in particular his story of "his lieutenant" on pages 18 and Even thought the lieutenant is magnanimous, what is Walton's final assessment of his character and what does this tell us about Walton?
Walton, the explorer who finds Frankenstein on the Arctic ice flow, almost worships him. Why does he do so? In light of what we learn about Frankenstein in the course of his autobiography, is the worship justified?
One of the most significant areas of the opening letters in on page In the moments before Victor begins his own narrative, he asks Walton an essential question. Do you share my madness? And we also can speculate then on why Victor is telling his story in the first place.
Why is Victor telling Robert Walton his story? Much of Frankenstein takes place in austere or forbidding natural settings, many of them in regions of ice and desolation.
Is this fact symbolically important? What function does the frame story, of Walton the explorer, have in the novel? What is Victor's father like? The circumstances of his father's marriage illustrate his father's character. Victor tells us about Beaufort. As Shelley writes, what do you think the story of Beaufort and Victor's father advocates, especially in English society?
Beaufort's daughter Caroline is of uncommon mold. And becomes the duty-bound mother in many different ways. How is it then that Victor, their son, is treated?
He says he is "guided with a silken cord" What does this mean? Is this at all problematic in your mind? On one of her missions to the poor, Victor's mother discovers Elizabeth.
What is Victor's attitude toward Elizabeth? Interestingly in the version of this story, Mary Shelley casts Elizabeth as Victor's first cousin.
In this version, Elizabeth is born of a completely separate family.Chapter The beauty of God's creation, rugged, not "ugly." Victor meets the monster for the first time since fleeing from him: the monster is an abhorred sight.
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Elizabeth Frankenstein B. Mrs. Caroline Frankenstein C. William Frankenstein D. Henry Clerval He spent about ten years. Henry died by being drowned. A. True. timberdesignmag.comdo English 10 H Ridgewood High School Chapters Key events and the notes on structure of the book.
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Chapter ten-On a rainy day Victor feels. Neither Shelley, nor Victor Frankenstein give The Creature a name in the book, which has created the problem of what to call the thing since the book was first published in On a more symbolic level, Frankenstein is clearly a novel about romantic striving against the customary boundaries or limitations placed on our existence.
First, there is the obvious example of Victor Frankenstein pushing against his limitations as a human being by striving to play a God-like role by making the Creature.
ANNE K. MELLOR Origins of the text From the feminist perspective which has dominated discussions of Franken- stein in the last decade (see chapter 3), this is first and foremost a book about what happens when a man tries to procreate without a woman.