1. Title. Working or Alternative Titles: Frankenstein , Modern Prometheus
  2. Author: Mary Shelley
  3. Date of Publication: 1818
  4. Genre: Gothic Horror and Science Fiction
  5. Writing Techniques: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is written in a frame story as a letter written by the sea captain Robert Walton to his sister Margaret Walton Saville.
  6. The Setting and How It Contributes to the Drama or Atmosphere: Every time something bad happens in the story it is raining, sometimes the fog comes in and it is dark too. The weather is violent when violent things happen.
  7. Central Conflict and How It Develops and Resolves. What is the climax? Related Minor Conflicts

Victor Frankenstein is consumed with ancient ideas of reanimation, he is obsessed with his study on the subject . The central conflict develops after he creates a monster from spare scraps from the morgue and brings life to a creature and it is resolved upon his death, or is it? You're never really sure if the story is over. The climax of the book is when the creature finds him on the island that his family went walking on and he discovers that the creature murdered his brother. Minor conflicts are his inability to talk to Elizabeth about what he is doing, he gets sick when he thinks about what he has done to the point where he needs to be nursed back to health by his friend, the monster has a conflict with the family in the cottage, the family in the cottage have a conflict with the man who doublecrossed them and made them lose their fortune, the creature has his own conflicts like learning how to survive in the beginning, the boat captain has a conflict with his crew because he wants to go to the North Pole and his crew wants to turn back.

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


Dangerous knowledge- using science and technology and not understanding their results and the effects that the knowledge will have.

The power of nature- in the book when things were going poorly all Victor needed to do was rest in nature and things became better for him

The problem playing God- if you create something it is your responsibility, Victor created the creature but took no responsibility for him

  1. Symbols and Motifs

-Weak women-the women in the book all allowed life to just happen to them accepting whatever was going to happen except for Safie and her father would kill her if he found her

-Religion and the Bible- the creature was compared to Adam and he could have been anything really good or really bad. Adam chose his own fate

-Fire and Light- light represented nature and goodness. All the bad stuff in the book happened in the dark when it was raining. Fire represented evil, creature burned down the little cottage the family lived in because they made him mad.

  1. Plot Overview, Chronologically, Including the Setting and Movement from Place to Place (Be Brief! Three to five sentences!)

A sea captain in the frozen waters of Russia writes letters explaining how he met Victor Frankenstein who tells him a long story of his life in Switzerland,Bavaria, Germany, England, and Russia. Victor Frankenstein was obsessed with reanimation of the dead and studying ancient ways to create a new life at college in Bavaria, but he doesn't understand the ramifications of actually creating a monster. The creature is born and kills Victor's brother William, his new wife Elizabeth, and his best friend Henry. The monster tries to live a normal life but he is so hideous looking he can't so he starts to destroy people's lives and Victor chases him to frozen waters of Russia towards the North Pole where Victor dies.

  1. What is Most Stunning about this Book this book was written in 1818 by a woman. Both of those facts are incredible when you consider how few rights women had they couldn't even legally vote in 1818 and she worked one of the most famous or novels of all time.
  2. A Quote of Less than Ten Words to Memorize

“nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change” page 205