Mary Shelley (1797-1835)
Questions About "Frankenstein"
- When did Mark Shelley write "Frankenstein"? What were the circumstances?
- "Frankenstein" is often described as a Gothic novel. What does that mean? How does the novel fit into the atmosphere of terror and the grotesque?
- How do epistles/letters figure into the plot of the novel?
- How is suspense created in the novel? Is the suspense effective?
- How effective is foreshadowing in the novel? Are you able to figure out what will happen next?
- Who are the major characters of "Frankenstein"? How do female characters figure into the plot of the novel? Are they important? Which of the characters survive?
- How does conflict figure into the plot? Is the conflict primarily intellectual, moral or emotional?
- What are the three storylines in the novel? How do they develop? Which characters are involved in each storyline?
- How does Mary Shelley reveal character in the novel? Do the characters change/evolve/grow? Is the character development believable? Can the characters follow any other path, other than the one the storyline takes them on?
- Why does Mary Shelley write about Victor's childhood? Why is his early life important to the plot? Is it?
- How does the concept of hubris figure into the plot? Are the characters propelled by Fate, or something much more psychological? Why?
- What similarities and differences can you find between Faust and Victor Frankenstein?
- Does the saying "like father, like son" apply to the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and The Monster? How are they similar/different? How do they each develop? How does their relationship change? Then, take a look at the relationship between Victor and his father?
- What symbols does Mary Shelley employ most effectively through the novel? How does darkness play a part in the novel? When (and how) does the moon appear?
- What do you see as the primary theme of the novel? Is it implicit or explicit?
- Which character is the most sympathetic? What characteristics makes him/her sympathetic? Why?
- How does the idea of nature versus nurture figure into the plot? Why is nature important to the novel?
- Does setting play an important role in the novel? How is the final setting significant?
- How would you describe Mary Shelley's style? Compare Mary Shelley's style with the style of other writers of the Romantic period. How does her style compare?
- How are the characters alienated from each other? What fits of sickness and madness affect them?
Preface | Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | Characters | Questions |