Frankenstein study guide

Why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein? for a contest with her friends
What discussions influence the development of her idea? creation of life
In the preface, what does the author say she is trying to preserve? preserve the truth of element of human life
What is the structure, or form, of the novel? epistolary at first, then first person narrative.
Who is writing the letters? Robert Walton
To whom are the letters written? his sister Elizabeth
Where is the writer of the letters, and why is he there? quest to the north pole, for knowledge
How does he meet Victor Frankenstein? on a block of ice in Arctic
HOw does Robert feel about his guest?` he likes him
WHy is Frankenstein in the Arctic? chasing the monster
Who is telling the first part of the story? (After the letters?) Frankenstein
How did Elizabeth come to live with the Frankensteins? his mother adopted her
Who is Frankenstein’s closest friend? Henry Clerval
What was one of the themes of the writers who influenced Frankenstein? alluring nature of evil
What natural phenomena influenced Frankenstein? lightning bolt on the tree
What two major events happened to Frankenstein when he was seventeen? MOm died, college
What goal did Frankenstein decide to pursue? creation of life
HOw did Frankenstein feel when his experiment succeeded? freaked out
What happened to Frankenstein the day after he completed his creation? henry comes over, Frankenstein gets sick
Who took care of Frankenstein during his illness? henry clerval
What did Clerval give Frankenstein when he was better? letter from Elizabeth
How did Frankenstein and Clerval spend the next several months? solitude of nature
What news did the letter from Frankenstein’s father bring? brother william is dead
What did Frankenstein see just outside the gates of Geneva as he was returning home? the monster
Who was accused of the murder, and why? justine, had picture
What was Frankenstein’s reaction to this accusation? freaks, feels guilty
What did Frankenstein do about his dilemma? tries to prove her innocent
What happened to the accused person? she was proven guilty and executed
What was frankenstein’s state of mind after the trial and conclusion? livid, revenge, set out to kill monster
Where did Frankenstein go to seek relief? Alpine Valleys
Whom did Frankenstein meet after he had ascended to the summit of Montanvert? monster
How did Frankenstein react to the meeting? wants to kill him
What did the creature want of Frankenstein? a mate
How did the creature feel when he first felt life? confused
What was the reaction of the villagers the creature encountered? horrified
Where did the creature take shelter? a cave
What observations did the creature make about the people in the cotttage? were a poor, sad, family
What does the creature learn to do, and how does he learn this? to talk, they were teaching someone
What was the elder De LAcey’s reaction when the creature entered the cottage and began speaking with him? welcoming and friendly
What was the reaction of the De Lacey family when they saw the creature? horrified
What did the creature do at the cottage when he returned and found that the De Laceys had moved out? he burned it
What was the reaction of the man whose daughter was saved from drowning by the creature? accusing
What discovery did the creature make when he approached another human? met william, found out who he was
What did the creature do to this person? killed him
HOw did the creature feel after his deed? guilty
What did the creature tell Frankenstein about the locket? hid it in justines pocket
What did the creature ask Frankenstein to do, and why? make mate so he is not lonely
How did Frankenstein react to this request? refuses, then attempts
What threat did the creature make when he saw Frankenstein destroy his second creation? kill all of frankensteins loved ones.
What happened to Frankenstein when he landed his boat? accused of Henry Clerval’s murder
Who had been the creature’s most recent victim? Henry Clerval
What happened at Frankenstein’s trial? he got sick
What event occured next in Frankenstein’s life? he gets married to elizabeth
What happened on Frankenstein and Elizabeth’s wedding night? the monster kills elizabeth
What happened to Frankenstein’s father as a result of this latest tragedy? gets sick and dies
What was the magistrate’s response when Frankenstein told him the entire story of the creature? shocked
What did Frankenstein do after he left the magistrate? try to stop monster
What request does Frankenstein make of Robert Walton? to continue his journey
What happened to Fankenstein at the end of the novel? dies
What happened to the creature at the end of the novel? goes off to die

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