Frankenstein- Volume 1

1765-1820 Age of Gothic Novel
Robert Walton EXPLORER-Mrs. Saville is his sister-Written in St. Petersburgh -His job of exploring was forbidden “My father’s dying injunction had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life” -He is accustomed to life on a boat-I preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path “My life might have been passed in ease and luxury; but i preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path”
romantic quest in the letters exploration of the north pole (he wants to share knowledge and things with others about this. Wants to know about the “needle” on the compass)
albatross Robert walton claims that he will not kill these while in the north pole
mrs. saville all four letters are addressed to whom (his sister’s name)
Lieutenant the person that is kinda weird so he’s not friends with walton. “wholly uneducated: he is as silent as a Turk, and a kind of ignorant carelessness attends him, which, while it renders his conduct the more astonishing, detracts from the interest and sympathy which otherwise he would command” – he is also the person that is marrying a girl who is in love with another guy that her father would never let her marry because he is poor. The lietenant gives the poor guy a lot of money so that he can marry the girl and he ends up with nothing
rime of the ancient mariner story of how a mariner kills an albatross and puts a curse on himself. As a result all of the sailor friends die but not him. To cure this problem he subconsciously blesses a ton of water snakes and the albatross falls off and things get better.The connection to the book is that Walton will not do this He will not kill anything!/ Will not forget God or act carelessly
victor frankenstein the man whom they find on the ice sheets while he’s really weak with the dogs during the fourth letter
Geneva, Switzerland where victor frankenstein is from
Alphonse Victor Frankensteins father
Caroline Victor Frankensteins mother
Elizabeth Lavena Person who grows up with victor. Caroline frankestein’s dying wish is for victor and her to get married. She is cousins with victor.
Henry Clerval Childhood friend of victor’s. He comes back in the story later and nurses victor back to health while he is sick after creating his monster. (studies oriental languages)
university in Ingolstadt University that victor goes to
3 things that shaped victor 1. Books about magicians/alchemistsCornelius agrippa, paracelsus, albertus magnus 2. Storm where tree exploded by lightning Shows the power of nature/god which he had never seen before3. Mother’s death- irreparable Created his fixation with death/life and bringing life to something, as in some ways he was trying to emotionally replace the death of his mother whether he knew it at the time or not.
How Caroline (victors mom) dies Elizabeth catches scarlet fever and visits the weak mother and then the mother dies because she can’t recover from that. It was kinda the last straw for her. So she dies.
8ft height of monster
description of monster “His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and flowing’ his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes.”
locket from caroline the possession that justine had that made people think that she was guilty of the murder of william
M. Krempe Professor that told victor that he was studying nonsense and that he must begin new studies.
M. Waldman professor that claims that scientists can be like gods. This sparks the interest in creating life in victor.
modern prometheus other name for frankestein

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