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Frankenstein Test Lorenz English IV 1413.1
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1. Frankenstein tells us that the "circumstances of [his father's] marriage illustrated his character." Summarize these circumstances. What do they reveal about the character of Frankenstein's father?
Caroline Beaufort's father was a friend of Frankenstein's father. When the friend fell into poverty and left the country in shame, Frankenstein's father sought him out with the intention of helping him financially. When he discovered his friend, the man was in poor health, and upon his friend's death, Frankenstein's father took his daughter, Caroline, under his care and sent her to live with relatives. Two years later, Frankenstein's father married Caroline. These circumstances reveal Frankenstein's father to be a kind, generous man, devoted to his friends and willing to help them. His dad was a successful man.
Victors family was selfless and caring, wealthy and compassionate, and well educated and empathetic
2. The attributes of a character are often revealed through a contrast with other characters. How are Victor and Elizabeth different in terms of their dispositions and interests?
Victor is more consumed with the scientific knowledge of nature while Elizabeth enjoys experiencing nature firsthand and through reading the romance poets. Victor is more intense and Elizabeth is calmer. Different philosophies of the time periods. Shelley is writing about what she is familiar with. Victor had a great childhood.
3. Who is Henry Clerval? How are Clerval and Victor different in terms of their dispositions and interests?
Henry Clerval is the son of a merchant and Victor's closest friend. He "loved enterprise, hardship, and even danger, for its own sake." He reads books of romance and chivalry, composed heroic songs, and wrote tales of knights and adventure. Victor was interested in uncovering the outer and inner workings of the physical and spiritual worlds. Clerval was more interested in virtue and the moral relations of things.
5. How did Frankenstein's family come to care for Elizabeth Lavenza?
On a visit to the home of a poor family, Victor's mother discovered a foster child living with the family. Elizabeth was the daughter of a nobleman, left in the care of this family when her mother died. Her father disappeared and she was raised in poverty. Victor's mother persuaded the family to allow her to raise Elizabeth. They agreed because they felt it would be unfair to keep Elizabeth in poverty when she had the opportunity to be raised by a wealthy family. What really was her motive since Elizabeth was the prettiest of all of them? Caroline had a heart for those in poverty and was confident enough to where she didn't have to ask her husband for permission.
6. Why didn't young Victor give up his fascination with the works of Cornelius Agrippa after his father told him not to waste his time in it? What does this reveal about Victor's character?
Victor was not convinced that his father really understood the writings of Agrippa, and so he continued to read. This demonstrates that even at a young age, Victor felt he was possessed of a keener instinct to understand things better than other people. Certainly he felt he knew Agrippa better than his father. The nature of man is to rebel against higher power.
7. What ideas and activities did Victor's study of the alchemists lead him to pursue?
Victor says that he "entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life." He was not interested in wealth but became obsessed with the idea of banishing disease to the extent of making humans nearly invulnerable. He also attempts incantations to raise ghosts or devils.
8. What event at age 15 turns Victor from studying the works of alchemists to the study of pure science?
Victor witnesses the destruction of an oak tree by lightening. The next day a "man of great research in natural philosophy" shares his theories on electricity and galvanism. This study intrigues and excites young Victor to the point that he dismisses his previous studies as being "a deformed and abortive creation" and a "would-be science."
10. How does Frankenstein's mother die? What is her final request of Victor and Elizabeth?
After Elizabeth catches scarlet fever, Frankenstein's mother attends her and also catches the disease. Elizabeth's health improves, but Frankenstein's mother dies. On her deathbed, she tells Victor and Elizabeth that she'd always hoped they would be joined in marriage. She tells them that their marriage will console their father. She also charges Elizabeth to act as a mother to the younger children in the family. She died calmly. He wasn't going to let the death of his mother have an effect on his plans.
11. What effect does Professor Waldman's lecture on modern chemistry have on Frankenstein?
Frankenstein felt as if "his soul were grappling with a palpable enemy." Rather than denounce his former studies (as M. Krempe had) Frankenstein resolves to return to his study of alchemy. Nihilism ideas. Foreshadowing as Krempe "seeks to destroy him."
12. In the last sentence of Chapter 3, Frankenstein says that a certain day "decided my future destiny." What was that day? Why was it so influential?
The day was when Professor Waldman took Frankenstein "under his wing" to mentor him. Prior to this time, Frankenstein had not had someone to lead him in his studies. Unlike Krempe, Waldman does not show contempt for the alchemists. Rather, he says that modern scientists are indebted to them for providing the foundations of their knowledge. He encourages Frankenstein in the study of chemistry, but tells him not to neglect other branches of natural philosophy.
lightning strike/ mothers death
1. After two years at Inglostdt, Frankenstein considers returning to Geneva. What distracts and delays his return?
Very consumed with the causes of life and death
3. As Frankenstein works on his creation, what are his expectations for how his creation will relate to him, its creator?
It'll glorify and gratify him and be the first of the species
He's playing God
4. How does Frankenstein's work on his creation affect him physically? How does it affect him mentally and spiritually?
Ill, cuts himself off from everything, losing touch with reality
5. Why does Frankenstein despise his creation? What does this reveal about Frankenstein's character?
Immediate regret-he is ugly and doesn't praise him. He spends all this time creating something and in an instant abandons it which shows how shallow and conceded Victor is
9. Describe the weather on the night that Frankenstein brings his creation to life. Why might the author have set the creature's awakening during this kind of weather?
Dreary, rainy, ugly night, sets the mood
11. Soon after the monster comes to life, Frankenstein dreams about Elizabeth. Describe the dream. What does the dream possibly foreshadow?
He dreams that Elizabeth turns into the image of death. It foreshadows Elizabeth's death. Foreshadows Elizabeths death
12. After the monster comes to life, Frankenstein refers to it as "a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived." Explain this allusion.
Dante conceived hell and this monster was so bad and so ugly that it was too bad for hell
1. What tragic news does Frankenstein receive in the form of a letter from his father?
His brother William is dead (murdered)
3. What does Frankenstein see during the storm at Plainpalais as he travels home to Geneva? What conclusion does he reach after this appearance?
Sees monster, the murdered during a storm
5. Why doesn't Frankenstein reveal his suspicious about the murder? How does Frankenstein's reluctance to reveal his suspicions affect him?
Nervous he'll be looked down for, called insane - Justine is convicted and his guilt grows
7. Why does Justine confess to the murder?
She was threatened and pressured
she has a lot of courage
8. Describe Justine's attitude toward her impending execution?
She wasn't scared to die because she had an innocent mind
10. In Chapter 7, Frankenstein says that he "was destined to become the most wretched of human beings." What is ironic about this statement?
He wanted to be great but ended up being the worst - also created the worst thing
Victor thinks he is the most wretched being but the monster is actually the most wretched being and it's ironic because victor created the monster.
11. Why does Frankenstein call Justine's trial a "wretched mockery of justice"? What is ironic about Frankenstein's belief about who is guilty?
Victors conceded nature contrasts with observation of justice.
13. How does the author foreshadow more horrors at the end of Chapter 8?
Just the start of the deaths to come
15. In Chapter 7 the monster appears during a rainstorm. Later in Chapter 10, Frankenstein travels through a rainstorm to the glacier where he encounters the monster. Why might the author use a rainstorm to herald the approach of the monster?
16. Consider whether you consider Frankenstein and Walton parallel characters. What evidence is given in Chapter 10 that the monster might also be a parallel character to Frankenstein? What insight does this give us to Victor Frankenstein?
Both run away from their problems - alone, don't think about future. Find refuge in nature
1. Describe the monster's earliest sensations. What gives him pleasure? What gives him pain or discomfort?
He is like a baby and has to learn how to do everything on his own. He sees fire and realizes that it is warmth but also can burn him. He likes to watch people but realizes he cannot be with people because of his looks and attitude.
Fire gives both pleasure and pain
2. What were the results of the monster's first two encounters with humans?
He realizes that he cannot be with humans because they are so scared of him and it makes him hate his creator for making him so ugly and unwanted
Shunned by old Shepard and villagers
3. What effect do the monster's initial observations of the De Lacey family have on him?
He realizes that he wants companionship and longs to be with them.
Observes them in secrecy
7. How does the monster's relationship with the De Laceys ultimately end?
He tries to go talk to the blind old man but when the other cottagers come back and see him invading their house, they run away and the monster burns the house down.
8. Why does the monster initially approach William?
He finds him in the woods and asks who he is. Thought he was unprejudiced since he was younger.
9. At the end of his tale, what does the monster demand from Frankenstein? Why?
He wants him to create a mate for him because he is alone and wants to have a sense of belonging
11. Romanticism emphasized imagination, freedom, and the beauty of the natural world. How do the De Laceys epitomize the ideal romantic family?
The De Lacy family epitomize this because although they are poor they wish to live the best they can and have hope for their family.
12. Why do you think the monster refers to the De Laceys, whom he has only observed and never met, as his friends?
They are the only ones he has been able to watch and learn from without running them away, because they haven't seen him
15. How do Chapter 11-16 further illustrate the view that people are naturally good and virtuous, but that society is to blame for turning people to evil?
The monster was naturally good as he grew and tried to help the De Lacey family as much as he could but was turned to evil and bitterness by rejection from humans and reading Paradise Lost.
When the creature is rejected he becomes lonely and frustrated, that lead to him becoming violent.
1. What does the monster promise to do if Frankenstein will create for him a female of his own kind for him?
Stay secluded with his bride and never be seen by the likes of man again. (in South America)
2. Outline the three arguments Frankenstein employs to refuse to do what the monster asks of him. What is your personal opinion of these arguments?
Second creature will join the first in the destruction of humanity
Creature could never live in isolation
Not trustworthy and wants another monster to help him seek revenge
3. Why does Frankenstein ultimately agree to do what the monster wishes?
He wants to get away from the monster and have him stop killing his family, quick solution
5. Who joins Frankenstein on his journey? Why?
Henry Clerval because his family wants him to watch over Victor and help them stay in touch
6. Where in Chapter 18 does the author foreshadow Clerval's fate?
"these ineffectual words are but a slight tribute to the unexampled worth of Henry" foreshadows death page 135
8. List three reasons Frankenstein decides to destroy the female creature?
-Could be 10,000x worse
-Monster has no reason to keep promise
-What if they don't like each other
-Might want human companionship
9. How does Frankenstein interpret the monster's promise: "I will be with you on your wedding-night?"
He thought he was going to kill him and it's ironic because it should be the happiest day of his life but instead it's now full of terror and horror.
12. How is the trip down the Rhine River to the North Sea an example of romantic literature? What romantic elements does the author use here?
Every time theres a storm, the monster is there - nature can restore us. Extended descriptions of scenery.
14. What evidence is given in Chapter 19 that clerval is also a parallel character to Frankenstein?
Both characters find nature invigorating and seek peace in it.
17. To what is Frankenstein alluding when he says, "but the apple has already been eaten, and the angel's arm bared to drive me from all hope"? What does this allusion mean in the context of the novel?
Allusion to Adam and Eve because both wanted to be like God and have knowledge. Victor wanted knowledge and power and he cannot undo what is done
He had already sinned, biblical allusion and now victor is on the outside of society just like Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden.
1. Near the beginning of Chapter 23, the author writes "Suddenly a heavy storm of rain descended." What does this sentence foreshadow?
Monster appears which means something is going to happen. Archetype of doom.
2. Had the monster truly blinded Frankenstein to his true intentions (as Frankenstein indicated in Chapter 22) when he promised to be with Frankenstein on his wedding night?
3. How does Alphonse Frankenstein react to the news of Elizabeth's death?
Grief striken for three days and then dies
5. How does the magistrate respond to Frankenstein's tale?
Could not believe him, admits to seeing truth, does nothing to help him.
7. Why do you think the monster leave notes and food for Frankenstein as Frankenstein pursues him?
To taunt him and make him miserable alluding him through many countries.
9. What does Frankenstein show Walton to convince him of the truth of his story?
Letters - from Safie and Felix, Walton saw the monster on the sled
11. What does the monster say that points to the Romantic idea that people are naturally good, but society corrupts people?
" I had no choice but to adapt my nature to an element which I had willingly chosen. The completion of my demonized design became an insatiable passion and now it is ended; there is my last victim"
Society is to blame for corrupting my soul.
13. As Frankenstein stands at the graves of his friends and family, upon whom does he call to help him in his pursuit of the monster? who responds to his appeal? what might the author be suggesting by this?
He goes to the criminal judge or police, magistrate responds, further suggests he is close to giving up.
17. Why does Frankenstein discourage?.....
Warms Walter about self destruction in the per-suit of knowledge, also chastising the sailors for not facing their fears with courage.
18. ....How thoroughly are we supposed to, or are we able to, trust Frankenstein's words
I can't tell if he is an an unreliable narrator or not but I'm going to go with no.
19. What reason does Frank give for not forming" new ties and fresh affections"? ......
He is stuck in a depression and the need for revenge, he needs to get out of it in order to move on with his life and I don't think its a valid assessment.
List three of the benefits of his planned voyage that Walton expresses to his sister.
1. Discovering a northern passage to the Pacific
2. Revealing the source of Earths Magnetism
3. Simply setting foot on undiscovered territory
4. Joy of discovery
5. Passage to the Antarctic
6. Satisfy curiosity for the North
List four reasons Walton deserves a friend
1. Someone he can share his success with
2. Intellectual equal
3. So he no longer feels so lonely
4. Someone to share his grievances with\
5. Share joy
6. Comfort in the times of despair
7. Communicate his feelings in writing
What was discovered the next morning?
Victor Frankenstein, half frozen on a dog sled
establishes mood of sympathy and a tone of pathetic
Letters I-IV Analysis 5. Why do you think Mary Shelly chose to frame her story rather than tell it with a straight narrative?
To begin the story with an unbiased view on Victor Frankenstein and to share perspectives
Letters I-IV Analysis 6. Setting
Robert is on a ship leading it to the North Pole, maybe around 7 months on it I dont know lmao
Letters I-IV Analysis 7. Mood
The setting gives a mood of isolation or desolation and Walton says "I violently endured the cold...growing harder than most"
Letters I-IV Analysis 8. mood w/ fourth letter
The mood was very eerie compared to the other three letters that had a mood of determination to find and discover the unknown.
Letters I-IV Analysis 9 Allusion.
He brings up ancient Mariner which is about a sailor who is compelled to tell strangers about the supernatural things that befall him at sea.
Letters I-IV Analysis 10 Parall character
They both long to make some valuable contribution to the human race and wish to be remembered forever with glory.
Letters I-IV Analysis 11 Foreshadow.
This foreshadows that captain walton may have a downfall.
Letters I-IV Analysis 12 mad concern
He doesn't know this person, if he can trust him, and if he is telling the truth or not. Is the perspective accurate?
Chapters 1-3 Analysis 9. Gothic Images
The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine dedicated to something in our peaceful home. Elizabeth seen as light in the darkness.
Lofty and elevated language
nature and the supernatural
Chapters 1-3 Analysis 10 Romantic moments.
" My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence...and gratitude assisted the development of filial love"
Chapters 1-3 Analysis 12 Tone.
Poverty is presented as a lack of love, Caroline being an example coming from poverty she had no love given to her. Now, she gives all of her love to her family.
Chapters 1-3 Analysis 14 Attitude
"I took their word for all they are, and I became their disciple" It attained Walton's "undivided attention" VIctor's attitude towards alchemy was that it was like a religion to him.
Victor- More to manipulate
Walton- More to understand
Chapters 1-3 Analysis 15 Enemy.
Modernism is the enemy, as he being in the science of alchemy. To him Waldman is foolish and taking part in the ruin of science.
devil or satan
Where did Walton's journey begin?
In Archangel, Russia headed to the North Pole
5 adjectives to describe Frankenstein
Very passionate, self absorbed, spoiled and coddled.
What is the weather
An archetype of good vs. bad or good vs. evil
Blind man talking to monster
Shows no judgement from the blind person because he couldn't judge based on looks.
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