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  1. Title. Working or Alternative Titles: Frankenstein , Modern Prometheus, Frankenstein's monster
  2. Author: Mary Shelley
  3. Date of Publication: 1818
  4. Genre: Gothic Horror and the first Science Fiction novel
  5. Writing Techniques: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is written as a story inside of a series of letters. The story begins at the end.
  6. The Setting and How It Contributes to the Drama or Atmosphere: When the setting is in nature everything is calm and make sense but when the setting is in town or around people it turns violent. Victor's home seems opulent and comfortable but when Victor goes off to college his lab seems dirty dark and claustrophobic. His small dingy lab at the college seems to represent his dirty work he is performing. Victor gets parts for his creature from the morgue and the cemeteries it is always raining and foggy when Victor is doing something wrong.
  7. Central Conflict and How It Develops and Resolves. What is the climax? Related Minor Conflicts

Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with ancient teachings and doesn't listen to his college professors when they tell him it is a bad idea, he only listens to one professor who disagrees with everybody else. Victor's obsession is the central conflict of the novel. Victor is not only obsessed he is amoral and weak. Once he has created the creature and rings it to life he could have taken care of him and showing him how the world works but he chose to abandon him because he is a weak man. The creature attempts to live life on his own terms that he finds he is to hideous for people to even give him a chance so he turns to violence. The climax of the book is when Elizabeth is murdered on her wedding night. Minor conflicts are the creature learning how to survive after being abandoned by Victor, Victor hiding his evil deeds from his family and his friend Henry, the trial of Justine, the family that lives in the little cottage and how they deal with losing their fortune and Victor and his never-ending guilt.


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  1. Major Characters Victor Frankenstein, the Creature, Henry Clerval, Capt. Robert Walton Minor Characters Alphonese Frankenstein, Robert Walton, Justine Moritz, Mr Delacy, Agatha Delacy,Felix Delacy,Safie
  2. Themes

Science- creating a life from spare parts and not taking any responsibility for it.

Nature- the lakes and mountains in the book are all settings where all of your deeds can be forgotten and nature has the power to restore your health and vitality.

  1. Symbols and Motifs

-Weak people- Victor was weak literally and figuratively. Every time something bad happened he became physically ill and needed to be terse back to health for months at a time.

-Religion and the power of pretending to be a God -the creature was compared to Adam. He could have been kind or evil and Victor have the power to teach him to be a good person, but he didn't

-Dark and Light- light represented nature and goodness. Every time something bad was going to happen in the book it started to rain and got foggy and wet. The dark represented the unknown and violence.

  1. Plot Overview, Chronologically, Including the Setting and Movement from Place to Place

A sea captain in Russia on his way to the North Pole writes letters explaining how he met Victor Frankenstein who tells him a long story of his life growing up in Switzerland, going to college in Bavaria, traveling through Germany, creating a monster in England, and following the monster to Russia. Victor Frankenstein was obsessed with old science into the world from dead body parts. He went to college and created a creature. When the creature became alive he abandon it and the creature went crazy and killed Victor's brother William, his new wife Elizabeth, and his best friend Henry. The creature also cause the death of Justine and Victor's father. Victor chases him to Russia towards the North Pole where Victor dies.

  1. What is Most Stunning about this Book This book was written so long ago yet it is still so scary. Mary Shelley. It's such a frightening picture you can almost imagine everything happening. You would think that people who live almost 200 years ago would not have told tales so frightening.
  2. A Quote of Less than Ten Words to Memorize

“For my own part I was not sorry” page 166