Frankenstein Letters 1-4 and Chapters 1 and 2
Terms in this set (54)
Who is Robert Walton?
He likes adventure, he is the narrator at the beginning of the story, he plans to go to the North Pole, and he also writes letters to his sister.
How much time did it take Walton to plan his trip?
It took him 6 years, during those years he felt lonely and isolated.
Who is Walton's sister?
How does Walton feel in letter 2?
He writes to his sister telling her how he feels. He says he has no friends and he is lonely, and isolated.
Who is he stranger in letter 4?
What happens to the ship?
The ships stalls between sheets of ice
Where did Walton find the stranger?
He found the stranger on the ice with a dog
How was Frankenstein when he was found?
He was weak, emaciated and starving
How long was Frankenstein in recovery?
What happens between Walton and Frankenstein?
They become friends
The Protagonist decided to tell Walton what?
He decides to tell Walton his story
What does Walton tell his sister at the end of the letter 4?
He said the next day the stranger was going to tell the story
What does Walton tell the stranger?
He said his destiny was already determined
Where is the stranger from?
What was the name of his father's best friend?
How does his best friend survive for so long without work?
His daughter works odd jobs.
Why does his father's best friend move away?
He lost his fortune.
How long does it take his father to find the best friend?
When his father finds his best friend, what does he discover?
His best friend died.
What is the name of the stranger's mother?
Where is the stranger born?
How is the stranger's childhood?
Perfect and happy
What color is the hair of the orphan girl in Milan?
What happens to the orphan girl?
She is adopted by the stranger's mother and father.
What is the name of the stranger?
When did the family stopped traveling?
After the birth of their 2nd son.
Where did the Frankensteins return home to?
They return home to Switzerland, to their estate at the foot of the Alps.
Who did Victor surround himself with as friends?
Young Victor prefers not to surround himself with a great many casual friends; instead, he is very intimate with a select few. These include a brilliant boy named Henry Clerval, renowned for his flights of imagination, and, of course, his beloved Elizabeth
Though Victor says that there can be no happier childhood than his, he confesses that he had a violent temper as a child. T or F
Victor's temper was not directed at other people. Instead it manifested itself as what?
as a passionate desire to learn the secrets of heaven and earth.
While Victor was passionate in his desire to as a passionate desire to learn the secrets of heaven and earth, Clerval, by contrast was fascinated by what?
Clerval, by contrast, was fascinated by questions of morality, heroism, and virtue.
At Geneva, what served to soothe and temper Victor's passion for study?
At Geneva, Elizabeth's "saintly soul" serves to soothe and temper Victor's burning passion for study. Without her, his interest in his work might have developed an obsessional quality.
Frankenstein is full of pleasure as he recounts what?
Frankenstein is full of pleasure as he recounts these scenes from his childhood, since they remain untainted by his recent misfortune
Who is the man that Victor, at age 13, becomes fascinated with. And what was his work?
Cornelius Agrippa. He was a Roman alchemist who attempted to turn tin into gold and men into lions.
The system of "science" that Agrippa propounds has long since been proven false
Victor, unaware of this, avidly reads all of Agrippa's works, as well as those of his contemporaries, Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus.
Who were Agrippa's contemporaries?
Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus.
Victor shares Agrippa and his contemporaries' desire for what? 3 things.
Victor shares their desire to
1. penetrate the secrets of nature
2. search for the philosopher's stone
3. search for the elixir of life.
Which of the 3 desires does Victor end up becoming obsessed about.
Search for the elixir of life.
Why does Victor search for the elixir of life?
Though he acknowledges that such a discovery would bring one great wealth, what Victor really longs for is glory.
What is Victor preoccupied with in terms of the dead?
Victor is also preoccupied with the question of how one might communicate with or even raise the dead.
Does he find the answer in the works of his Roman idol?
No. He becomes entirely disillusioned with them when he witnesses a lightning storm. Since the Romans have no satisfactory explanation for this phenomenon, Victor renounces them entirely and devotes himself (at least for the time being) to the study of mathematics. Destiny, however, will return him to the problems of natural philosophy.
'they seemed to draw inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow them upon me.'
Victor reflects on his parents' love for him (p.27)
'My mother's tender caresses, and my father's smile of benevolent pleasure'
Victor describes his parents gentleness and positive features (p.27)
'I was their plaything and their idol'
Recalls adoration and affection he received (p.28)
'With this deep consciousness of what they owed towards the being to which they had given life'
Victor discusses parent's affection - ironic, as he appears to lack this same understanding of his duty to the creature he creates (p.28)
'Her hair was the brightest living gold'
Description of Elizabeth's hair (p.28)
'heaven-sent, and bearing a celestial stamp in all her features'
Victor describes Elizabeth's features - angelic imagery (p.28)
"I have a pretty present for my Victor"
Victor's mother describes Elizabeth as a gift for Victor (p.29)
'looked upon Elizabeth as mine to protect, love and cherish'
Victor describes Elizabeth as his, like a belonging - objectification/ entitlement (p.29)
'more than sister'
Indication of the semi-incestuous nature of Victor & Elizabeth's relationship (p.29)