Here’s a TED video that is amusing and gives some background on Shelley’s book.



  1. I did not finish the whole book but I hope to get somewhat close by the time I get to class. But! from what I have read it made one question in particular pop into my head. Throughout Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we see how important the aspect of family is. When the monster was made he was abandoned and left to fend for himself. What I thought of was if Frankenstein would have turned out differently if he hadn’t been abandoned? Would he have been seen as less of a monster? And even if he was surrounded by a family like environment, would society have been able to accept him into their world like the Frankensteins family did?

  2. “Frankenstein” is filled with the mirroring themes of life and death throughout the novel that seem to echo the life of the author Mary Shelley. For many years, Victor Frankenstein battled science and his brain in an attempt to create life; similarly, Mary Shelley had a few years where she battled with miscarriages and infant deaths. What other tragedies are found in “Frankenstein” that may echo the life of the author and the people that she knew?

  3. Shelley makes it a point to emphasize throughout the book that the conflicts could have been avoided if he wasn’t as lonely as he was. The monster tries to get Victor to make him a partner, but he refuses to carry on with the task. He also tries to make friends with townspeople but they all run away in fear and chase him away. There is an apparent emphasis on the need for companionship. The monster is constantly looking for someone to accept him and be his friend, but no one does. This relates to real life situations in which people are looking for acceptance. My question is: is there a need or a want for acceptance in this book? In general?

  4. Throughout the book why is so difficult for Victor relentlessly to discover the meaning of knowledge? What does Knowledge represent in the Frankeinstein? Is our knowledge therefore the main attribute of acceptance in society?

    What role and representation do women have in the novel in relation to Victor? Does Victor change the role of women?

  5. Why do you think Shelley included the character of Robert Walton? Could the story have been told differently without his inclusion? If so, what would change about the story?

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