Things to Consider:
||Frankenstein, Vol. 2
** Homework Questions **
- Science & Ambition
- Language: Speech, Reading, & Writing
- Roles of Men and Women
- Relationship b/w Parents & Children
- Birth & Death
- Role of Solitude
- Characteristics of Gothic Literature
- Comparison with "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
- How does the creature compare with the Ancient Mariner?
- What does Victor mean by "Now all was blasted" (65) ? How
compare to the "blasted stump" image on page 24? (See also 125, 174).
- How has Elizabeth's view of the world changed since
How does her perspective compare with those of the Mariner and/or the
Guest in Coleridge's poem?
- What does "sublime" mean? How are Victor's
- What does the creature mean when he says, "I ought to be thy
I am rather the fallen angel" (73)? To what work of literature is he
- What is "a godlike science" (83)? How so?
- The creature compares himself to Adam and to Satan. In what
he similar to and different from each of these figures?
- Why doesn't the creature's plan to join the DeLaceys'
- Why does he kill William? What does he believe this act will
- Why does Victor agree to, as he says, "deliver into your
(114)? Under what conditions?
Other Discussion Questions:
- Why does Victor want to kill himself? Why doesn't he do it?
- What is the mood at the beginning of chapter 2? How does
- Why does Victor seek the "solitary grandeur" of nature?
- Explain the quote from Percy's "Mutability."
- Do you find the creature's manner of speech surprising? Why
- What does the creature mean when he says, "How dare you
- The creature describes his shelter as "as exquisite and
as Pandaemonium appeared to the daemons, of hell after their sufferings
in the lake of fire" (78). What is he referring to? How is this
- What does the creature mean by "the barbarity of man" (79)?
- Why does the creature respond to the DeLaceys in the
- What aspects of their appearance elicit his specific
- Why does the creature hope to become "master of . . .
does he hope to accomplish?
- Why is he terrified of his own reflection in the pool? What
- The creature considers the DeLaceys "superior beings who
of my future destiny" (85-86). How accurate is this
- How does the arrival of Safie help the creature learn the
- (By the way, what is their language? Where do they live?)
- What does the creature learn from the DeLaceys about the way
- How does this knowledge affect his own self-image?
- How is Safie "a treasure which would fully reward [Felix's]
- What does this say about the status of women here?
- Explain: "God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after
image; my form is a filthy type of your's [sic], more horrid from its
very resemblance" (99).
- Why do the DeLaceys 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 girl?
- Against whom does he swear revenge? Why?
- Why does the Creature place the miniature in Justine's dress?
- What is his request of Victor?
- What is the reasoning behind this request?
- What does he fail to take into account?
More Complex Questions
1) Explain the similarities and differences with regards to the
between Victor and Elizabeth and that between Safie and Felix.
does each man view his "partner"? Look at passages on pages 20, 26, and
92-93, for some ideas.
2) Compare the relationship between Victor and his father and
between Victor and his creature. What are the similarities and
Some important quotes may be found on pages 19, 21, 22 and on pages
(and 118). You may also consider Victor's question to Clerval,
could you suppose that my first thoughts would not fly towards those
dear friends whom I love, and who are so deserving of my love?" (42),
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
and Elizabeth and the relationship the creature hopes to have with the
female creature Victor says he will build? What are the
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"
and later, "I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as
4) Look carefully at the passage on page 110 where the creature
how he "frames" Justine for William's murder. Why does he do
What justification does he give? What does this say about the way he
learned to view women? What does it say about the way he has learned
criminal justice system works?
5) The creature says, "My vices are the children of a forced
that I abhor; and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in
with an equal" (113). Explain what he means by this and the
toward solitude and society that he expresses. Also, determine
it would mean if Victor had said this.
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