Frankenstein Flashcard Example #66909

Elizabeth
Name that character:
went to live with the Frankenstein family because her mother had died and father had disappeared.
Henry Clerval
Name that character:
was the son of a businessman from Geneva and Frankenstein’s closest friend.
Victor
Name that character:
wanted to find out about the secrets of the world and went to study science at university.
Caroline Frankenstein
Name that character:
wanted Elizabeth to look after her younger children after her death
Robert Walton
doesn’t want to return home to England until he has found the North Pole
Mr. Waldman
showed Victor Frankenstein his laboratory and his experiments
How did Frankenstein find out about his brother’s death?
the news was in a letter from his father.
What did William have in his pocket when he was murdered?
a family locket
Who did Frankenstein see behind a tree near lake Geneva?
Victor saw there creature there upon first returning home.
Why was Frankenstein in the Arctic?
Victor was pursuing the creature.
What natural phenomena influenced Frankenstein?
Victor watched a tree being hit by lightning during a storm. He became interested in the theories of electricity and galvanism.
What two major events happened to Frankenstein when he was seventeen?
Victor’s mother died and he went to the university at Ingolstadt to study.
How did Frankenstein feel when his experiment succeeded, and the creature came to life?
Victor was horrified and disgusted.
What happened to Victor the day after he completed his creation?
Victor became ill with a fever and delirium for several months.
What did Clerval give Frankenstein when he was better?
Henry gave Victor a letter from Elizabeth.
What did Frankenstein see just outside the gates of Geneva as he was returning home?
He saw the monster he had created.
Who was accused of committing the murder of William, and why?
Justine, who lived with the family, was accused. She had not been with the family on the night William was murdered. Several people had seen her the next morning looking confused and frightened. A servant found the locket that Elizabeth had given to William in Justine’s pocket.
What happened to Justine after she was arrested?
Justine eventually confessed under pressure. She was convicted and hanged.
What was Victor’s state of mind after the trial and its conclusion?
Victor was filled with remorse for all he had done. He was also fearful that the creature would commit other crimes.
Whom did Frankenstein meet after he had ascended to the summit of Montanvert?
Victor meet the creature/monster on the summit.
How did Victor react upon his first meeting with the creature?
Victor was full of rage and horror. He threatened to kill the creature.
Upon first speaking to Victor, what did the creature ask of Victor?
He wanted him to listen to the story of his life.
How did the creature feel when he first felt life?
The creature felt confused.
Where did the creature take shelter as he spied upon the family?
The creature stayed in a lean-to attached to a cottage.
As the creature watches the family, what does he learn to do and how does he learn this?
He learns to speak, and then to read, by observing and listening to the cottagers. He found a portmanteau that had several books in it, and he read them. He then read the letters that were in the pocket of the coat he had taken from Victor’s lab.
What was the reaction of the DeLacey family when they saw the creature?
Agatha fainted, Safie fled, and Felix hit him with a stick until he left the cottage.
What did the creature do the cottage when he returned and found that the De Laceys had moved out?
The creature set fire to it in a rage.
What discovery did the creature make when he approached another human? (occurs after he had left the De Lacey cottage)
He seized a small boy, and discovered that he was William Frankenstein.
How did the creature react when he discovered the young boy was William Frankenstein?
He strangled the boy.
Why did the creature initially grab William?
He thought he could take a small child, such as William, and create a companion. He felt that the small child would be untainted by the ways of the world.
Why did the creature put the locket on Justine as she lay sleeping?
The creature intended for her to be accused of the murder.
Why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein? What was her motivation?
She wrote the novel in response to a contest to see who could write the best ‘ghost story’.
Who was Mary Shelley married to?
Percy Shelley (a famous Romantic poet)
Frankenstein is an example of what kind of novel?
gothic
What profound questions does Shelley propose in the novel?
Shelley proposes questions about science and society in the novel.
Explain the theme of dangerous knowledge from the novel:
The pursuit of knowledge is at the heart of Frankenstein, as Victor attempts to surge beyond accepted human limits and access the secret of life. Likewise, Robert Walton attempts to surpass previous human explorations by endeavoring to reach the North Pole. This ruthless pursuit of knowledge, of the light (see “Light and Fire”), proves dangerous, as Victor’s act of creation eventually results in the destruction of everyone dear to him, and Walton finds himself perilously trapped between sheets of ice. Whereas Victor’s obsessive hatred of the monster drives him to his death, Walton ultimately pulls back from his treacherous misson, having learned from Victor’s example how destructive the thirst for knowledge can be.
Describe the theme of sublime nature from the novel:
The sublime natural world, embraced by Romanticism as a source of unrestrained emotional experience for the individual, initially offers character the possibility of spiritual renewal. Mired in depression and remorse after the deaths of William and Justine, for which he feels responsible, Victor heads to the mountains to lift his spirits. Likewise, after a hellish winter of cold and abandonment, the monster feels his heart lighten as spring arrives. The influence of nature on mood is evident throughout the novel, but for Victor, the natural world’s power to console him wanes when he realizes that the monster will haunt him no matter where he goes. By the end, as Victor chases the monster obsessively, nature, in the form of the Arctic desert, functions simply as the symbolic backdrop for his primal struggle with the monster
Alphonse Frankenstein
Victor’s father, very sympathetic toward his son. Alphonse consoles Victor in moments of pain and encourages him to remember the importance of family.
Justine Moritz
A young girl adopted into the Frankenstein household while Victor is growing up. Justine is blamed and executed for William’s murder, which is actually committed by the monster.
M.Krempe
A professor of natural philosophy at Ingolstadt. He dismisses Victor’s study of alchemists as wasted time and encourages him to begin his studies anew.
What technique did Mary Shelley use to tell this story?
the frame tale technique (be able to identify how the frame is composed) *see your notes.
What discussions influenced the development of Mary Shelley’s idea for a story?
She was listening to her husband, Shelley, and Lord Byron talk about the nature of life, and the possibility of creating a creature.
What was one of the themes of the writers who influenced Victor?
The authors he read wrote about raising ghosts or devils. He tried to mimic them.
What happened to Frankenstein at the end of the story?
He died of natural causes while in the cabin on the ship.
What was Frankenstein’s reaction when Justine was accused of William’s murder?
He was sure the creature had committed the murder. He was torn between wanting to save Justine and not wanting to reveal his horrible secret to anyone. He considered himself the real murderer.
Who were the creature’s victims, and why were they chosen?
The first was William Frankenstein, Victor’s youngest brother. The next was Henry Clerval, Frankenstein’s best friend. The last was his bride, Elizabeth. They were all chosen to create despair in the life of Victor. Henry and Elizabeth were also killed in revenge because Frankenstein backed out on his promise to create a female for the creature.
What does the creature learn to do while living in the lean-to, and how does he learn this?
He learns to speak, and then to read, by observing and listening to the cottagers. He found a portmanteau that had several books in it, and he read them. He then read the letters that were in the pocket of the coat he had taken from Victor Frankenstein.
What goal was Victor pursuing while at the university in Ingolstadt?
He wanted to try to renew life in a corpse, “to bestow animation upon lifeless matter.”
How did Robert Walton meet Victor Frankenstein?
He and the crew found Frankenstein stuck on a large piece of ice. They rescued him and brought him aboard their vessel.
What happened to the creature at the end of the story?
He came into the cabin and saw the dead Frankenstein. He told Walton that he was going to travel to the far north and kill himself. We last see the creature as he floats away into the darkness on an ice raft.

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