** Homework Questions ** Be sure to make use of any footnotes to the readings to help
answer these questions.
What does Victor mean by "Now all was blasted" (61)? How
does this compare to the "blasted stump" image on page 23?
Why does Victor want to kill himself? Why doesn't he do
How does Elizabeth's view of the world change after
What does "sublime" mean? How are Victor's
Why does Victor seek the "solitary grandeur" of nature?
Explain the quote from Percy's "Mutability." How does it
What, according to the creature, is "a godlike science"
(77)? How so?
How is Safie "a treasure which would fully reward
[Felix's] toil and hazard"(85)? What does this say about the
status of women here?
The creature compares himself to Adam and to Satan. In
what ways is he similar to and different from each of these
Why does Victor agree to, as he says, "deliver into your
hands a female"(104)? Under what conditions?
Other Discussion Questions: 64:
How is the sublime different from the picturesque?
What is the mood at the beginning of chapter 2? How does
Shelley achieve this mood?
Is the creature's manner of speech surprising? Why or Why
What does the creature mean when he says, "How dare you
sport so with life" (68)?
What does the creature mean when he says, "I ought to be
thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel" (68)? To what work
of literature is he referring?
The creature describes his shelter as "as exquisite and
divine a retreat as Pandaemonium appeared to the daemons, of
hell after their sufferings in the lake of fire" (72). To what
is he referring? How is this allusion significant?
What does the creature mean by "the barbarity of man"
Why does the creature respond to the De Laceys in the
(gendered) way he does?
What aspects of their appearance elicit his specific
Why does the creature hope to become "master of their
language" (78)? What does he hope to accomplish?
Why is he terrified of his own reflection in the pool?
What is his standard for beauty?
The creature considers the De Laceys "superior beings who
would be arbiters of my future destiny" (79). How
accurate is this assessment? Explain.
How does the arrival of Safie help the creature learn the
De Laceys's language?
(By the way, what is their language? Where do they live?)
What does the creature learn from the De Laceys about the
way society works?
How does this affect his own self-image?
Explain: "God in pity made man beautiful and alluring,
after his own image; my form is a filthy type of your's [sic],
more horrid from its very resemblance" (91).
Why doesn't the creature's plan to join the De Laceys'
Why do the De Laceys abandon their cottage?
Why does the creature burn it down?
Why does the creature seek Victor?
Why does the creature get shot after saving a drowning
Against whom does the creature swear revenge? Why?
Why does he kill William? What does he believe this act
Why does the creature place the miniature in Justine's
What is his request of Victor?
What is the reasoning behind this request? See also
What does he fail to take into account?
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.