2. The word "doppelgänger" was used repeatedly in our discussion. Explain the degree to which both Clerval and the Creature can be seen as doppelgangers for Victor, discussing such issues as relationship to Nature, relationship to Women, and view of Self in your discussion. Be sure to include quotes from Victor that describe his view of the similarities between himself and each of the other two figures.
3. Describe the criminal justice system presented in this novel, using the three examples of William's murder, Clerval's murder, and Elizabeth's murder, as well as the official responses to these acts, in your discussion. Is it a fair system? Do all crimes get investigated in the same way? Do some people receive preferential treatment? If so, who? What characteristics determine the treatment the different suspects receive? Incorporate your responses to these questions into a smooth discussion. Do NOT just answer the questions in order. Make sure to include quotes describing each of these situations.
4. An important concept that we discussed was the
relationship between appearance and reality. Describe what this
relationship is, using the examples of three different
characters, including Victor, the Creature, and one other
figure. Are these figures always "what they seem"? What
factors contribute to the distinction between appearance and
reality? Incorporate your responses to these questions
into a smooth discussion, using quotes to describe each of the
5. Explain the similarities and differences with regards to the relationship between Victor and Elizabeth and Safie and Felix. How does each man view his "partner"?
6. Compare the relationships between Victor and his father and that between Victor and his creature. What are the similarities and differences?
7. What are the similarities and differences involved in the comparison between the relationships involving Victor & Elizabeth and the Creature and his potential female mate? How do Victor and the Creature view their "partners" and their future "married" lives?
8. In what ways is Frankenstein a gothic novel? Describe at least three different characteristics of gothic literature that are exemplified by the novel, being sure to provide extensive examples from the novel to support your claims.
9. Why does the Creature frame Justine for the murder of William? What does this say about the way he has learned to view women? What does this say about the criminal justice system and society in general?10. What is the function of solitude in this novel? Look specifically at Victor and the Creature. Do they have the same view of solitude? Does it have the same effect on them? Explain.