Frankenstein Chapter 9-17

What keeps Victor from killing himself at the beginning of this chapter? He feels guilty for bringing the monster into the world and feels selfish.
How does Victor become a disenfranchised member of society himself? He feels alone because he’s the only one who knows about the monster.
As Victor climbs the mountains, what effect do they have on him? Peaceful and calm, but makes him feel depressed again. It also reminds him of his childhood.
Why does Victor climb Montanvent in spite of the rain? How does that identify this as a romantic novel? It’s gloomy but it makes him feel better. It sets a mood and tone.
What are Victor’s feelings as his creature approaches him. What is the first thing he says to his creature? He feels rage and horror and he says “devil, do you dare approach me?”
How does the creature respond to Victor? He is polite and calm, but asks him why did Victor give him life.
What biblical character does the creature compare himself to? What character does he think he ought to be? He compares himself to the “fallen angel” who has grown brute and vicious and Adam because he was forsaken by his creator
What do you think the creature will ask of Victor? Why? Ask him why he created and forsake him & ask him to create a companion
What does the creature say made him a “fiend?” What is Romantic about this? Other people rejecting him and making him miserable. Romantics believed people are good and evil is introduced when mistreated by others
What does the creature claim is the basis of Victor’s debt to him? He created him; protection, care
What does the creature promise to Victor if Victor will fulfill his duties as creator? Humble himself and act accordingly
What technique does Shelley employ to provide the reader with the creature’s story? The creature tells it to Frankenstein
Trace the levels of narration Shelley has established to tell this story. Walton tells of Frankenstein who tells of the creature who tells of himself
How does the creature describe his first days of life? The creature describes his first days of life very unpleasant by the way he is treated and confused by his surroundings.
How does the creature respond to fire? The creature responds to the fire by taking pleasure in the warmth and at one point gets burned and gets amazed with it.
How are the creature’s early days different from Victor’s early days? Victor was loved and cared for; creature hated, alone
What effect does the creature’s speech have on the reader? Why did Shelley write it for that purpose? Manipulates reader to sympathize with him
Why is the creature confused to see his cottagers crying? The creature is confused to see the cottagers crying because he thinks they have everything and thought they were happy.
Why does the creature work so hard to learn their language? What does that reveal about his character? The creature works so hard to learn their language so he can communicate and make friends. It reveals that he will do what it takes to communicate and it also shows his effort and determination.
What does the creature say he discovers about himself? What feelings does this discovery cause? He recognizes how deformed he is. Great sadness
Why is the creature’s appearance relevant? What “science” is Shelley discrediting? The creature’s appearance is relevant because it shows the message Shelley is making. Shelley is saying that people see appearance before personality and she believes it shouldn’t matter what’s on the outside, rather than the inside.
What evidence does Shelley provide of the creature’s innate goodness? Shelley provides evidence of the creature’s goodness by showing how the creature gathered wood for the family who lived in the cottage
What is typically Romantic in the final paragraph of Chapter 12? What is Romantic at the end of Ch. 12 is the fact that happiness arrises when spring comes around. The mood change is affected by weather.
How are the creature’s first words similar to the typical first words of human babies? Concrete things learned by observing and listening
Based on what you’ve read so far, do you anticipate the cottagers will accept the creature? Why or why not? I don’t think the cottagers will accept the creature.
Why does Shelley end Chapter 12 on an apparently optimistic note? Shelley ends Ch.12 on an optimistic note to show that soon it will change and something bad will happen.
Explain the second sentence of this chapter: “I shall relate events that impressed me with feelings which have made me what I am.” The meaning of the sentence is that the creature is going to explain to Victor how much he has learned.
What is revealed about the creature’s character very early in Chapter 15? What is revealed about the creature’s character in Chapter 15 is that he learned more about evil by reading about it.
Why does the creature calls the cottagers his “protectors?” The creature calls the cottagers his “protectors” because he pretends that he is a part of their family and that they would take care of him.
What practical purpose does the beautiful stranger serve? The practical purpose that the beautiful stranger serves is for the creature to learn
What does the creature find in his pocket? How does it make him feel? The creature finds in his pocket the journal of Victor Frankenstein and it makes him feel abandoned and hurt.
What is the primary disadvantage of the creature’s “education”? Nobody to talk to or discuss with
In view of the trial of Safie’s father in Chapter 14, and Justine’s trial earlier, what is Shelley’s opinion of the courts in that era? In a view of all the trails that occurred, Shelley’s opinion of of the courts in that era were unjust and judged by religion.
What is the character of Safie’s father? How is he a foil to Safie, and to Victor’s own father? Safie’s father: follows traditional Islam, no respect for women. Victor’s father: caring, loving, indulged mother. Safie: enlightened female
Why doesn’t the creature kill itself after this incident? The creature doesn’t kill itself because he believes there is still hope to talk to the old man, Delacy.
What happens when the creature introduces himself to the cottagers? When the creature introduces himself to the cottagers Agatha faints, Safie runs away from the scene, and Felix beats the creature with a stick.
What is the creature’s reaction to Paradise Lost? According to the creature, how is he both similar to and dissimilar from Adam? He was alone at first and wanted his creator to make him a woman. He disappointed his creator, no link to any other being, lonely, unhappy
Why couldn’t the creature fully sympathize with the characters in Milton’s book? The creature couldn’t sympathize because he was uninformed, and he was so different. He didn’t know where he came from, who he was, or what he was meant to do.
What paradox does the creature see in humankind through his study of human history? The paradox that the creature sees in humankind through his study of human history is that humans are powerful and can be vicious.
How does the creature feel about the Sorrows of Werter? In what ways is he different from the characters in the book? He was touched by it. It made him sad. They have each other, and he’s completely alone/isolated
What evidence is there that the creature is still essentially good despite this momentous disappointment? The creature is still essentially good because he saves the young girl being taken from the fast stream.
In what way does his study of human society make him what he eventually becomes? The Creature longs to have a human life and sees that he can’t. He knows he will never be accepted or even tolerated by people. This drives him to violence and retribution. The creature sees that only a blind man can actually see his truth. The creature feels rebuked by man and so he seeks revenge.
What does the creature decide to do? What is his new plan? The creature decides to make contact with the old man when the rest of the family is not there.
What happens that makes the creature finally despair? Basically he has been chased out of a cottage and attacked for trying to save a little girl in the water.
Why does the creature decide to go to Geneva? How have these horrible circumstances changed him? The creature decides to go to Geneva because he read about it in Victor’s journal. These horrible circumstances changed him because now he vows to seek revenge on humans.
Why does the creature ask for a mate? Has no companion and wants someone like him
What, according to the creature, is the cause of his wickedness and what will be the remedy? According to the creature, his loneliness and isolation is the cause of his wickedness and he believes a female partner with his defects will solve the problem.
What does Victor suggest is a creator’s obligation to his creation? Make him happy
How is Safie a feminist character? Safie is a feminist character because she goes against her father and fleas to Italy to find Felix
Follow Victor’s and the creature’s lines of reasoning in their debate over the creation of the companion. Whose reasoning is most sound? Victor fears they would just kill people together. The creature says he’s become that way because he’s so alone and if he was happy, he’d stop.
Why does Victor refuse to make a female monster? Do you feel he is justified in his refusal? Victor refuses to make a female creature because he does not want to bring another dangerous and repulsive creature into the world.
What plot exposition is revealed in Chapter 14? Safie and how she got to cottagers
What is the “sympathy” that the creature longs for? That the reader and Victor sympathize his loneliness and strife.

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