Frankenstein Study Questions Chapters 6-10

To Justine Mortiz What new character is introduced in Elizabeth’s letter to Victor?
It brings Victor back to the reality of life – family, success and failures of friends, marriage of schoolmates, etc. Why is Elizabeth’s letter important to the story?
It brings back memories of his “creature” – his nervous symptoms reappear. He pursues the study of languages – Persian, Arabic, Sanscrit/escape temporary amusement/soothing and their languages joy elevating. Why does Victor desert his study of science? What study does he pursue? Why?
Page 56Victor is about to leave and return to Geneva. Before he returns, Henry proposes a pedestrian tour. Henry once again taught Victor to love nature.1. His health and spirit were restored. 2. Henry taught me “to love the aspect of nature and the cheerful faces of children” 3. Henry’s “gentleness and affection warmed and opened my senses”4. Victor became a happy “creature” – diction5. Undisturbed by previous pressing thoughts What is Victor’s mood after his tour of Ingolstadt with Henry? Why does he praise Henry?
Page 57Chapter ends with peasants dancing, people appearing gay and happy. Victor’s spirits were high – he had “unbridled joy and hilarity.” /calm before the storm/”rising action” – alerts the reader that something “opposing” will occur. How does Victor’s mood and his praise of Henry build suspense at the end of Chapter Six?i
Page 58William has been murdered/Father, niece, 2 brothers went on a walk – William and Ernest not to be found – William playing hide and seek/nightfall – could not find him/ 5 a.m. Alphonse finds him with print of murderer on William’s neck. *Read the ending of his father’s letter – it foreshadows Victor’s eventual lack of rationality. What news awaits Victor in his father’s letter?
Page 59William has asked Elizabeth to wear a “necklace” that belonged to Victor’s mother – Elizabeth let him. The necklace is gone and was the “temptation” that brought about the murder. What does Elizabeth blame herself for the murderer?
Page 63The demon is seen by Victor (as he arrived at Plainpalais) in the mountains and “nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child.” William’s murder is situational irony – death caused by bringing to life a lifeless matter. Why does Victor come to believe that his monster is responsible for William’s death?
Necklace thought to be reason for the murder is discovered in Justine’s pocket/ also confused, which gave her the appearance of guilt. Why is Justine accused of the crime?
She believes in Justine’s innocence: “…who is safe, if she be convicted of crime?” Justine’s fate is worse than William’s – Elizabeth will have no more joy if Justine is condemned. Why is Elizabeth particularly miserable after Justine’s arrest?
Page 72He experienced extreme anguish and agitation/tortured/”fangs of remorse”/”unmingled wretchedness”He wished he could confess to the crime but he wasn’t there. He is guilt ridden but weak. How does Victor react to Justine’s trial? What does this show about Victor’s character?
Page 72Guilty – all of the ballots thrown were black – she confessed her guilt. What is the result of the trial?
Page 72Elizabeth requested it – she could not go alone. The visit was torture to Victor. Why does Victor accompany Elizabeth to Justine’s prison cell?
Page 73She confesses to a lie for absolution (forgiveness). The priest has “threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was.” Threatened with ex-communication and “hell fire.” Who is the real monster? Victor feels “horrid anguish” – “uttered a groan from his inmost soul.” Victor acknowledges himself to be the true murderer (74). “bore a hell within which nothing could extinguish” (75). Why does Justine confess to having murdered William?
Page 75After Elizabeth’s plea – his appeals “were lost upon them.” “…my purposed avowal died away on my lips” When does Victor plead for Justine?
Page 76That there will be more sorrow and more grief/William and Justine are the “first hapless (ill-fated, doomed) victims to my unhallowed (not sacred) acts.”*Read last line of Chapter 8, page 76. What warning for the future does Victor give after Justine’s death?

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