Frankenstein Characters

Victor Frankenstein -Protagonist/Narrator-Study in Ingolstadt, discovers the secret of life -Creates an intelligent yet grotesque monster-Recoils in horror from his creation -Keeps the monster a secret; feels guilty of his creation -Feels responsible for all actions and crimes of the monster -Suspect for murdering best friend-Becomes very ill & inprisoned-Innocent youth fascinated by science into a disillusioned guilt-ridden man
The Creature -Created by Victor Frankenstein-Tries to integrate himself into human social patterns -Feels abandoned and seeks revenge against his creator -Murders William, Justine, Henry Clerval, and Elizabeth
Robert Walton -Arctic seafarer; letters open and close the book-Picks Victor Frankenstein up off the ice & nurses him back to health -Listens to Victor’s story-Records the tale in a series of letters to his sister, Margaret Saville, in England
Alphonse Frankenstein -Victor’s father -Sympathetic towards his son-Allows Victor to pursue his interest in science-Consoles Victor in moments of pain-Stays with Victor during his inprisonment and takes care of him and takes him back to Geneva with him
Elizabeth Lavenza -Adopted by Victor’s family -“Cousin” of Victor-Embodies the novel’s motif of passive women -Waits to get Victor’s attention-Marries Victor Frankenstein-Murdered by the monster on the night of their wedding
Henry Clerval -Victor’s best friend -Nurses Victor back to health in Ingolstadt -Follows in Victor’s footsteps to become a scientist-Cheerful vs. moroseness -Murdered by monster
William Frankenstein -Victor’s youngest brother-Strangled by the monster in the woods-His death burdens Victor with tremendous guilt about creating the monster
Justine Moritz -Adopted into the Frankenstein household -Blamed and executed for William’s murder-Confessed that she killed William; took blame from the monster/Victor
Caroline Beaufort -Daughter of Beaufort -Taken in and marries Alphonse Frankenstein -Dies of scarlet fever (contracted from Elizabeth)
Beaufort -A merchant and friend of Alphonse Frankenstein-Father of Caroline Beaufort
Cottage people: The DeLacey’sDeLaceyFelixSafieAgatha -Family that the monster watches and begins to learn to speak from-De Lacey (blind old man) begins to take in the monster because he could not see appearance. -Felix and Agatha (chidren) tell the blind man to push the monster away because he was different from everyone-Safie (foreign woman)-Beat and chased the monster away when he revealed himself to them
M. Waldman -Chemistry professor who sparks Victor’s interest in science-Dismissed alchemists’ conclusions
M. Krempe -Professor of natural philosophy at Ingolstadt-Dismisses Victo’r study of the alchemists as a wasted time -Encouages Victor to begin his studies anew
Mr. Kirwin -Magistrate who accused Victor of Henry’s murder -Takes Victor to see the body of Henry
Romantic Ideas -Intuition is more trustworthy than reason-Feelings over logic-The individual is at the center of life and God is at the center of the individual-Nature is made up of symbols: people can learn about the supernatural through nature-Aspire to the ideal: change what is to what it ought to be (make everything the best that it can be)
Elements of the Romantic -mythical story-democracy-freedom-supernatural-revolution
Gothic Literature/Horror -combines elements of horror and romanticism-subgenre of romantic literature-came before modern horror- inspired it-gives nature the power of destruction-most common thing is the indication of mood through weather/atmosphere
Romanticism (def) Artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the 18th century
Frame Story An outer story that frames/continues the main story
Elements of Gothic Horror -mystery and suspense-terror-dreams-supernatural element of ghosts, vampires, etc-architecture: haunted houses, castles, wild/remote settings!!-loneliness
Archetypal characters (types) -Gothic (byronic) hero: sensitive, intelligent, confident, moody, self centered-Protagonist: usually isolated (voluntarily or involuntarily)-Villain: the epitome of evil, due to either own fall from grace or something that happened to them-Wanderer: isolation, wandering the earth as some form of punishment (either self inflicted or not)-Virginal female: pure, perfect, innocent female, who may become corrupted by the villain
Setting -atmosphere of horror and death-deteriorating decaying scenery

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