Frankenstein Chs. 19-24

What threat did the creature make when he saw Frankenstein destroy his second creation? He said, “I will be with you on your wedding night.”
What happened to Frankenstein when he landed his boat? He was accused of murder.
Who had been the creature’s most recent victim? It was Henry Clerval.
What happened at Frankenstein’s trial? Witnesses were able to prove that he was on the Orkney Islands at the time the body of Clerval was found. He was acquitted and released.
What event occurred next in Frankenstein’s life? He married Elizabeth.
What happened on Frankenstein and Elizabeth’s wedding night? The creature broke into the room and killed Elizabeth.
What happened to Frankenstein’s father as a result of this latest tragedy? He died of grief.
What was the magistrate’s response when Frankenstein told him the entire story of the creature? The magistrate believed him, but said that he didn’t think he and his men would be successful incatching the creature.
What did Frankenstein do after he left the magistrate? He decided to pursue the monster and kill him
What request does Frankenstein make of Robert Walton? Frankenstein knows his strength is failing. He asks Robert Walton to destroy the creature if heever has the opportunity.
What happened to Frankenstein? He died of natural causes while in the cabin on the ship.
What happened to the creature? He came into the cabin and saw the dead Frankenstein. He told Walton that he was going totravel in the far north and kill himself. We last see the creature as he floats away into the darkness on an ice raft.
Does Elizabeth love Victor? She loves him, but she worries that he is not really interested in marrying her.
How does Victor behave in the days leading up to his wedding? Victor pretends to be happy. He fools his father, but not Elizabeth.
What clues does the creature leave for Victor? The creature leaves messages carved on rocks and trees.
How is the creature’s soul described by Victor ? He says his soul is “as hellish as his form, full of treachery and fiend-like malice.”
In his youth, what did Victor think he was destined to achieve? Victor tells Walton that, as a young man, he felt he was destined for “some great enterprise.” He believed that his good judgment would enable him to accomplish “illustrious achievements.”
When Walton’s crew wants to return home, what does Victor advise them? Victor tells them not to give into fear and cowardice. They should continue the expedition and return home as heroes.
What style of literature describes the place where Victor begins to work in Scotland?Why? Gothic. It is desolate and forbidding landscape to mirror the horrible task he must complete.
Victor makes several references to his destiny in chapter 21. What does he believes his destiny to be? Victor believes the creature means to kill him.
What is ironic about the desires of Victor and the creature? Victor can have human companionship, but doesn’t want it. The creature longs forcompanionship, and is forever denied it.
How does Shelley build suspense in chapters 21-22? Shelley delays revealing who the murder victim is while offering clues that the murderer is the creature and the victim might be Clerval. Victor seems to condemn himself in his reaction to seeing Clerval’s body and in his feverish rantings.He continues to misinterpret the creature’s threat to be with him on his wedding night, and actually advances the date of the wedding.
Consider Victor’s statement: “When I reflected on the work I had completed, no less a one than the creation of a sensitive and rational animal, I could not rank myself with the herd or common projectors…All my speculations and hopes are as nothing; and, like the archangel who aspired to omnipotence, I am chained to eternal hell” How does this establish Victor as a tragic hero? Victor began his research into the mystery of life with good intentions, and envisioned himself something like a God. Now, however, he realizes that he is much more like the Satan of Paradise Lost—having challenged the omnipotence of God and finding himself cast into Hell.
How does the end of the novel justify the concentric levels of narration introduced atthe beginning? Victor, the first-person character narrator, cannot narrate his own death. Therefore Shelleyneeds to invent a means of including this event in her narrative – hence Captain Walton andhis letters to his sister.
How does the inclusion of Captain Walton affect the overall meaning of the book? Walton, like Victor, is a man obsessed with a grand aspiration. His story parallelsFrankenstein’s except that he is able to learn from Frankenstein. Walton’s decision to abort his mission and return home establishes the theme of the failed Romantic quest.
Explain how Victor is similar to a tragic hero. a. He is of noble birth, and has noble aspirations.b. He thinks and feels intensely.c. He has passionate aspirations and exhibits hubris.d. The actions that result in his downfall and death are intended for good, but he does not clearly consider or understand their true consequences.e. He feels intense suffering during his downfall.f. Despite his noble character, he has a blind spot that allows him to commit errors in both action and judgement.g. His errors, and the resultant suffering spread to those around him.h. He dies as a result of his actions.
Explain how Victor is similar to a romantic hero. a. He is an individual of high birth with stronger-than-normal passions.b. He has a deep appreciation of the rugged beauty of nature and finds both relief andinspiration in the mountains and lakes of Switzerland.c. He feels deeply. When he is happy he is intensely, extra-humanly happy. When he grieves,his is an intense, extra-human grief.d. He has an aspiration considerably beyond the scope of normal human aspiration— striving actually to be Godlike.e. He ultimately fails in this quest, but dies a “sadder but wiser” man.

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