Frankenstein Study Guide Letters, Chapters 5-18

Who is writing these four letters? To whom? Why? (What is in the letters?) What kind of person is the writer? Robert Walton is writing to his sister, Mrs. Saville. He is writing about an expedition that he is excited to take. The writer has failed at many other things but he is curious about, and is looking forward to, his trip.
In what setting does the story begin? Name both the time and the place. What mood does this setting help create? Pre-voyage to the North Pole, 18th century. This unknown setting establishes a feeling of mystery, as well as an eerie mood.
What is Walton’s goal in making the trip? Why does he want to do this? How did his dream begin in childhood? Walton’s goal is to discover a new passage to the Pacific, and/or set foot on new land. He wants to make this trip because he feels he has not accomplished anything in his life and wants that to change. He read accounts of sea voyages as a child.
Why does Walton want a friend? What sort of friend is he looking for? He feels lonely and isolated. He is looking for someone who can relate to him and be a true friend.
What span of time do the letters cover? Do you detect any changes in Walton’s tone as time goes on? The letters cover from December 1700’s to August 1700’s (8 months). Walton’s tone changes from excitement to fear and loneliness.
What is the “strange accident” that Walton writes about? How (specifically) does he help the stranger? How does he feel toward this stranger? Why does the stranger decide to tell Walton the tale of his own misfortune? The boat was surrounded by ice and thick fog. Walton tells him they are headed North, and protects the stranger from the crew’s questions. He feels sorry for the stranger, and begins to like him. Stranger tells him because he knows he will die soon and does not want anyone to make his same mistakes.
How did Victor spend the night after bringing the creature to life? He runs to the woods, spends a week in bed, now repulsed by his work. He leaves the creature alone.
How much did Victor confide to his friend Clerval about bringing the creature to life? He doesn’t confide any at first, but with his sickness couldn’t keep quiet. He raves about the “subject” of his creation.
What is Victor describing when he says that “surely nothing but the unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend could have restored me to life” (p. 47)? Only because of the help and attention of Clerval is Victor able to get better.
What did Elizabeth say about Justine in her letter to Victor? Justine has returned after her mother’s death.
After his recuperation, what did Victor decide to study alongside of Clerval? Oriental languages.
Why was Victor in such a good mood right before getting the upsetting letter from his father? He had taken a peaceful walk through nature with Clerval.
According to the letter from Victor’s father, what happened to William? William was murdered.
Where did Victor see the creature again, several months after creating him? In the mountains.
What would Victor’s family have said if he had told them why he was so sure that Justine was innocent? To convince them, he would have to tell them about his monster, and they would probably be scared and possibly blame Victor.
Why did it look as if Justine were the murderer? She was gone the night of the murder and had his locket, and in the morning she was seen close to the area.
What did Elizabeth say to the court in Justine’s defense? Elizabeth has known Justine a long time. Justine cared for Elizabeth’s aunt in sickness, and was attached to William. Justine is too sweet to have committed this crime.
“When I reflected on his crimes… I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I when there have precipitated him to their base.” (p. 76) How did Victor feel about his creation- and why didn’t he hunt down the creature? Victor was scared and ashamed of his creation. He doesn’t hunt down the monster because he wanted to distance himself, basically forget it ever happened.
Where did Victory next see the creature and why didn’t he take the opportunity to destroy his creation? He sees the monster on top of a glacier. he doesn’t destroy the monster because he physically cannot, as well as the monster speaks intelligently causing Victor to be intrigued.
What deal did the creature make with Victor? If Victor made the monster a bride, the monster wouldn’t kill Elizabeth.
What did the creature tell Victor about how he spent the first few weeks after his creation? He spent them alone in the woods.
Briefly describe the cottagers living next to the creature’s refuge. A young girl, a young man, and an old man. “Divine sounds” came from their instruments.
Write down one or two sentences that show the creature’s positive feelings toward the cottagers as he observes them. “Nothing could exceed in beauty the contrast between these two excellent creatures.”
Why did the creature stop taking food from the cottagers’ store? Because he saw the pain he had caused by stealing their food.
How did the creature learn to speak? He learns to speak by observing and watching his “neighbors”.
How did the creature learn to read? He learns to read by watching Felix read aloud to Agatha.
How did the creature learn what he looked like? He sees his reflection in a pool of water.
List two favors the creature did for the cottagers. -Collects wood and leaves it for them-Stops stealing their food
Why did Felix cheer up in the Spring? A stranger, a very beautiful woman, arrives at the cottage. Felix is ecstatic to see her and kisses her.
How did the DeLacey family lose their money? Safie’s father was sent to prison and sentenced to death.
What was the creatures response to Paradise Lost? He relates strongly to the beginning of the story, but he is unhappy because he feels abandoned, bitter, lonely, and ashamed.
How did the creature learn that the cottagers had moved out of their cottage? He overheard Felix talking to a countryman.
Where did the creature decide to go after burning the cottage? Geneva, to find Victor (his creator).
The creature says that “a circumstance that happened when I arrived on the confines of Switzerland… confirmed… the bitterness and horror of my feeling” (p. 125). What happened? He saved a young girl from drowning, but the person accompanying her assumed the creature had hurt her, so person shot the creature.
How did the creature get revenge when he arrived in Geneva? He kills William Frankenstein, Victor’s brother.
Why did the creature want Justine to suffer and how did he decide to accomplish that? Because he is “forever robbed of all that she could give [him]”. He places the portrait belonging to William in her dress.
What reason did Victor give the creature for refusing to create a female? The female could do even more damage than the original monster has.
“After… reflection, I concluded that the justice due both to him and my fellow creatures demanded of me that I should comply with his request” (p. 133). Briefly explain. Victor decides to comply with the monster’s request because it will be safer and better for everyone.
Why did Victor return to England? An English philosopher had made discoveries necessary for Victor’s success in his second attempt.

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