Frankenstein Questions Set #2
1. Discuss the elaborate framing device provided by the letters at the beginning and the end of the novel. What purposes does this strategy serve? Why is this wrap-around frame more effective or useful than the usual introduction-only frame?
2. What is the purpose of Shelley’s irony when Walton recognizes he has found the friend he is looking for only to watch him die?
3. Why does the creature choose to die at the end of the novel? What does his choice suggest about his connection to Frankenstein?
4. As is typical with Romantic and Gothic Literature, Frankenstein is filled with scenes of Victor describing dreams, nightmares, and emotion fueled illnesses that he has throughout his life. Go back into the novel and find 5 examples of dreams/nightmares and illnesses that Victor experiences. Set up your paper like a dialectical journal. On the left side, write the page number and quote which describes the experience, and on the right side, write what causes Victor to have that experience and what the effect is on the reader. On the bottom of the page, write a brief summary of the patterns you see within these experiences (2-3 sentences).