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English II Frankenstein Chapter 11-15
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What technique does Shelley employ to provide the reader with the creature's story?
Shelley creates a 'story-within-a-story-within-a-story' with the creature's story.
Trace the levels of narration Shelley has established to tell this story.
The creature is telling his story to Victor, who is telling the story to Walton, who is writing the story in a letter to his sister.
How does the creature describe his first days of life?
He says his early days, which are confused and distinct, are filled with a multiplicity of sensations.
How does the creature respond to fire?
He is surprised that the fire can produce such opposite effects - it warms him but also burns him.
How are the creature's early days different from Victor's early days?
Victor was loved and cared for; creature hated, alone.
What effect does the creature's speech (vocabulary and grammar ) have on the reader? Why did Shelley write it for that purpose?
His speech makes him civilized, even human. Shelley made him speak like that to increase reader sympathy for the creature.
Why is the creature confused to see his cottagers crying?
They seem like they have everything; he thought they were happy.
Why does the creature work so hard to learn their language? What does that reveal about his character?
He hopes that his ability to speak, will enable the cottagers to look past his appearance. It shows that he greatly wants a human connection.
What does the creature say he discovers about himself? What feelings does this discovery cause?
In a pool of water the creature sees that he is a deformed monster.
Why is the creature's appearance relevant? What "science" is Shelley discrediting?
Shelley is discrediting the science of physiognomy, the belief that goodness or evil could be read in a person's appearance. Hence evil characters were ugly while good people were beautiful. By this reasoning, if the creature is ugly, it must be evil, but Shelley is establishing how it's nature is good.
What evidence does Shelly provide of the creature's innate goodness?
The creature instinctively likes the cottagers and is moved by their shows of apparent sorrow. Once he recognizes that their lives are a struggle, he performs tasks for them to make their lives a little easier.
What is typically Romantic in the final paragraph of Chapter 12?
The fact that his spirits were uplifted by the beautiful spring is very romantic.
How are the creature's first words similar to the typical first words of human babies?
A baby's first words are nouns names of concrete things, and observes and imitates.
Based on what you've read so far, do you anticipate the cottagers will accept the creature? Why or why not?
Based on what's happened so far I think the cottages won't accept him because the creature is explaining to Victor what has happened and he is evil because of man.
Why does Shelley end Chapter 12 on an apparently optimistic note?
In terms of the structure of the narrative, Shelley wants to end on a positive note to build suspense and allow for the reversal in a later chapter.
What was it that surprised the creature about the season of Spring?
It surprised him that what before was desert and gloomy should now bloom with the most beautiful flowers and verdure.
What instrument does the creature say the old man played?
Who is it that comes on horseback to the cottage looking for Felix?
According to the creature, how does Felix greet his visitor?
He hastily came up to the lady, threw up her veil.
What does the creature say that Felix seemed to call his visitor?
His sweet Arabian
What does the creature observes about the communication between the visitor and the family?
Even though the stranger made articulate sounds, she was not able to be understood by the cottagers.
What is it that the Arabian does that draws tears from the creature's eyes?
Safie plays the old man's guitar entrancingly beautiful.
What is the name of the visitor who comes to see the family?
In months of study of the family, the creature says he learned_______science
The creature says that every conversation the family had opened_______for him.
As the creature acquires more knowledge, what does he begin to loathe?
With knowledge, the creature feels sadness. He begins to loathe himself and his creator.
While learning about the human existence and evolution, what does the creature realize he has missed?
The creature realizes he will miss the opportunity to have wife and children, and family of his own.
At the end of Chapter 13, what type of feeling does the creature realize he is experiencing toward the family he has been studying?
The creature is feeling love and reverence toward the family.
The creature, after a long time, learns that the name of the old man in the family is___________
Who was the cause of the family's ruin, according to the creature?
The Turk, Safie's father
What does Safie's father promise Felix?
He promises wealth at first but Felix wants Safie's hand in marriage. Safie's father agrees.
What had happened to Safie's mother?
Safie's mother was first seized and made a slave by the Turks. She married Safie's father and was no longer a slave.
In reality, how did Safie's father really feel about Felix?
He did not like him because he was a Christian and not Muslim.
When the French government found that Felix had helped Safie's father escape, how did they react?
The French government exiled De Lacey's family to Germany.
What was the ultimate punishment for the family that had become endeared by the creature?
They were exiled from France and stripped from their wealth.
How did Safie find the whereabouts of Felix and his family?
Safie learned the whereabouts of the DeLacey's by some of her father's papers which fell upon her.
How did Safie manage to get to Felix and his family, where the creature first saw her arrival?
Safie took jewels and money and also brought an attendant and fled to Italy.
What happened to Safie's attendant and translator?
Safie's attendant became ill. Safie nursed her but the attendant died.
The creature says that his study of Felix's family had taught him what?
Benevolence and generosity
From his readings the creature realizes that he is very similar to the people he has been studying, but he is also_____
strangely unlike them.
What social condition does the creature reveal to the old man DeLacey?
He is a stranger and friendless in the area.
What occasion prompted DeLacey one day to be alone?
The rest of the family went for a walk.
In Paradise Lost, whom did the creature see most like himself?
When the freshness and bloom of summer passed into autumn, the creature missed these pleasures but focused on what?
the study of the family again instead.
The creature relates to Victor that the only cottage of his protectors has been his what?
only school in which he studies human nature.
The creature felt he had proof that the family would not reject him because they often helped____
the poor that came to the door.
What find did the creature make on one of his nightly forages?
A case containing books and clothes.
What does the old man DeLacey offers to do for the creature? Why?
He offers to help him fit in because of his unusual appearance.
When the creature approaches the blind DeLacey, what does he say?
He says he is a poor person who needs help and seeks only warmth.
Sickened by the feelings expressed by Victor in his papers, what does the creature resolve to do?
Make communication with the family he has come to know from study.
What were the titles of the books that the creature was going to learn from?
Paradise Lost, Plutarch's Lives, and Sorrows of Werter
The creature sees his ultimate acceptance by the family through which member?
The old man, De Lacey
How did the introduction to the family go when they returned home?
Horribly, Felix attacked the creature trying to save his father and the creature ended running from the house and escaped to his hovel.
What papers does the creature say he found in the clothes of Victor Frankenstein before he left the laboratory?
Papers describing Victor's creation and the hate Victor felt towards his creation.
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