Frankenstein, Vol. 2
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Frankenstein
Group Discussion Questions

1) Explain the similarities and differences with regards to the relationship between Victor and Elizabeth and that between Safie and Felix.  How does each man view his "partner"? Look at passages on pages 20, 25, and 85-86, for some ideas.

2) Compare the relationship between Victor and his father and that between Victor and his creature. What are the similarities and differences? Some important quotes may be found on pages 22 and 24-26 and on pages 68-69.  You may also consider Victor's question to Clerval, "How could you suppose that my first thoughts would not fly towards those dear, dear friends whom I love, and who are so deserving of my love?" (40), in light of the fact that his first thoughts at that moment were in fact not directed towards his family.

3) What are the similarities between the relationship between Victor and Elizabeth and the relationship the creature hopes to have with the female creature Victor says he will build? What are the differences?  Think in terms of the way they view their "partners" as people and how they envision "married" life.  Look specifically at the creature's statement: "I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse" (101), and later, "I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself" (102).

4) Look carefully at the passage on page 101 where the creature describes how he "frames" Justine for William's murder.  Why does he do it?  What justification does he give? What does this say about the way he has learned to view women? What does it say about the way he has learned the criminal justice system works?

5) The creature says, "My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor; and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal" (103-4).  Explain what he means by this and the attitudes toward solitude and society that he expresses.  Also, determine what it would mean if Victor had said this.

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