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Things to Consider:
Science & Ambition
Language: Speech, Reading, & Writing
Roles of Men and Women
Relationship b/w Parents & Children
Birth & Death
Doppelgangers for Victor: Walton and the Creature
** Homework Questions **
Be sure to make use of any footnotes to the readings to help answer these questions.
Why is Walton going to the North Pole? How do his motivations compare with Victor's (see pp. 25 and 35)
What lack does Walton feel most strongly? (cf. 18).
Explain Walton's reference to an albatross.
Why has Victor agreed to tell his story to Walton?
Why isn't his father successful at first in persuading Victor to stop reading Agrippa? How does his father get him to stop?
Why does Victor refer to his laboratory as a "workshop of filthy creation" (36)?
Explain the significance of the dream Victor has on the night of his "success."
When Victor says, "The mere presence of the idea was an irresistible proof of the fact"(53), to what is he referring? What does he mean?
Why does Victor call the creature "my own vampire, my own spirit released from the grave"(53)? What does that mean?
Has Justine killed William? Why does she confess?
Other Discussion Questions:
Describe Walton's education.
What is Natural Philosophy?
Why does Victor get into Agrippa?
Explain Victor's statement: "I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth" (30).
Explain Victor's statement:
"To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death"(33).
What is the nature of Victor's illness? Why does it fatigue him, even after several months recovery time, to write a letter?
What is an orientalist?
Why is Victor so anxious about returning home?
Describe the mood Shelley develops in her description of the setting of Geneva.
Why do so many people confess to the murder of William?
49, 54: Elizabeth
56, 61: Victor
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