** Homework Questions ** Be sure to make use of any footnotes to the readings to help
answer these questions.
Why does Victor take "refuge in the most perfect
When, discussing his engagement to Elizabeth, Victor
says, "My future hopes and prospects are entirely bound up in
the expectation of our union" (108), does he mean it? Explain.
When Victor says,"I was bound by a solemn promise" (108),
to whom does he mean? (Elizabeth? The Creature?) Explain.
Explain Victor's description of his father as "indulgent"
on this page.
Why does Elizabeth regret "that she had not the same
opportunities of enlarging her experience, and cultivating her
Explain Victor's statement: "In Clerval I saw the image
of my former self" (113)?
Why does the creature destroy the female creature? Were
you surprised that he did? Why or Why not?
Why is Victor acquitted of Clerval's murder? Who "proves"
Explain: "As if possessed by magical powers, the creature
blinded me to his real intentions" (138).
What, according to Victor, was his duty to his creature?
Why couldn't he fulfill it?
Other Discussion Questions: 108:
How old is Victor at this point? Why would his be an
"early marriage" (108)?
Why is Victor "delighted with the idea of spending a year
or two. . . in absence from my family" (109)? Hasn't he just
returned to them?
What does Victor mean when he says that Clerval was "a
being formed in the 'very poetry of nature'"(111)?
Why does Victor go to London?
Explain Victor's statement: "I am a blasted tree"
Explain Victor's statement: "I was guiltless, but
I had drawn down a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal as
that of a curse"(116). Is this assertion consistent with his
earlier discussions? Explain.
Explain what Victor means when he says that he was
"hardly thanked for the pittance of food and clothes which I
gave, so much does suffering blunt even the coarsest
sensations of men" (117).
Explain: "Future ages might curse me as their pest"
(119). Compare with Victor's related statement about
future generations on page 33.
Explain what the creature means: "You are my creator, but
I am your master--obey!" (120).
Explain: "I shall be with you on your wedding day" (121).
What does Victor think it means?
Explain: "I almost felt as if I had mangled the living
flesh of a human being" (122).
Compare the accusation of Victor for Clerval's murder
with Justine's for William's.
Explain: "Her countenance expressed all those bad
qualities which often characterize that class" (128).
Explain Victor's discussion about sacrificing the human
Why will Victor tell Elizabeth everything the day after
they get married?
Why does Victor keep quoting the monster's threat?
Why doesn't Victor describe the actual wedding ceremony?
Explain: "This night, and all will be safe; but this
night is dreadful, very dreadful" (140). Does Victor
know/care how this probably sounds to his bride on their wedding
Why does Victor keep fainting?
Why does no one accuse him of this murder, when
he is supposed to be the only one there?
When Victor says, "Cursed, cursed be the fiend that
brought misery on his grey hairs!" (142), whom is he cursing?
Does the magistrate believe Victor's story? Explain.
Who provides the food to Victor as he pursues the
Why does the creature leave marks on the trees?
Why is the creature headed to the frozen North?
Why does Victor ask Walton to get his revenge for him if
Why does Victor correct Walton's notes?
Why does Walton decide to return south? Why does he
call this decision an "injustice"?
Does Victor agree with his decision? Explain.
What is Victor suggesting Walton do, seek or avoid
Why does Walton call on the creature to stay?
Explain: "I was the slave, not the master of an impulse,
which I detested, yet could not disobey!" (159). How
well could this quote apply to Victor, as well?
Why, according to the creature, is he worse off than
Explain: "For whilst I destroyed his hopes, I did not
satisfy my own desires" (160).
Is the creature really going to kill himself? Explain.