Frankenstein Introduction, letters, ch. 1-5 Flashcard Example #47452

Why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein?
She wrote it as a response to a challenge by Lord Byron to think of a ghost story.
What discussions influence the development of Marys idea to write Frankenstein?
She was listening to her husband, Shelley, and Lord Byron talk about the nature of life, and the
possibility of creating a creature.
What is the structure, or form, of the novel?
It is an epistolary novel. This means it is written as a series of letters.
Who is writing the letters, and to whom are they written
They were written by Robert Walton to Walton’s sister, Mrs. Margaret Saville, in England.
Where is the writer of the letters, and why is he there?
He was in the Arctic, exploring unknown regions
How does he 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.
How does Robert feel about his guest?
He liked Frankenstein, and hoped they would become friends.
Why is Frankenstein in the Arctic?
He was pursuing the creature.
Who is telling the story in chapter 1-5?
Victor Frankenstein told his story to Robert Walton.
How did Elizabeth come to live with the Frankensteins?
Caroline Frankenstein saw her with a peasant family, and offered to raise her in better
circumstances.
Who is Frankenstein’s closest friend?
It was Henry Clerval.
What was one of the themes of the writers who influenced Frankenstein?
The authors he liked wrote about raising ghosts or devils. He tried to mimic them.
What natural phenomena influenced Frankenstein?
He watched a tree being hit by lightning during a storm. He became interested in the theorie’s of
electricity and galvanism.
What two major events happened to Frankenstein when he was seventeen?
His mother died and he went to the university at Inglostadt to study
What goal did Frankenstein decide to pursue?
He wanted to try to renew life in a corpse, to “bestow animation upon lifeless matter.”
How did Frankenstein feel when his experiment succeeded, and the creature came to life?
He was horrified and disgusted.
What happened to Frankenstein the day after he completed his creation?
He became ill with a fever and delirium for several months
Who took care of Frankenstein during his illness?
Henry Clerval did.

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