Part I. Summary of the Plot
In a series of letters, Robert Walton, the captain of a ship bound for the North Pole, tells his sister who is in England about his mission. Victor Frankenstein who was traveling by dog-drawn sledge across ice was very weak. Walton takes him in and nurses him. Frankenstein then tells him his story of how he created a monster. Victor had a great childhood with his parents and his cousin, Elizabeth, and friend Henry Clerval. Later, Victor enters the university of Ingolstadt to study natural philosophy and chemistry. He soon becomes obsessed with creating life. He soon accomplishes that but sees that he created a horrible looking monster and abandons the monster. He finds out that the monster has murdered his youngest brother, William. He runs away to the mountains and encounters the monster that soon admits to the murder and begs for Victor to create a mate for him. Victor refuses at first, and then promises and then breaking it again, making the monster wanting revenge. The next day he finds out that his friend, Henry Clerval was murder seeing the monster’s fingers on his neck. Victor marries Elizabeth and the monster kills her too and then his own father. Victor vows to devote the rest of his life to finding the monster but died still on his quest. Walton then finishes in his letter to his sister saying that when Victor died, the monster came in to see Victor and to tell Walton of his suffering then departs for the ice to die since his creator has died.
Part II. Major Characters in the Novel
| Why This Character Is A Major character
| Victor Frankenstein
| Victor is a mad scientist, and brave adventurer into unknown scientific lands. His life story is all about his creation. He grows up in Geneva, becomes educated in natural philosophy and chemistry and discovers the “secret of life” but creates a monster. The monster kills several of his close friends and family and Victor becomes determined to devote his life to finding his monster. He dies on Robert Walton’s ship.
| The Monster
| This is Victor Frankenstein’s creation, assembled from old body parts. Abandoned by his creator and confused, he tries to fit in the society but is rejected because of his horrible appearance. He starts seeking revenge on his creator and murders Victor’s youngest brother, best friend, wife and father. Even though, he not purely evil, he assisted a group of poor peasants and save a girl from drowning. The monster ends up lonely and tormented by remorse.
| Robert Walton
Walton’s letters to his sister form the beginning of the story. Walton is a captain on a ship that is trapped in ice at the North Pole. He picks up Victor who is weak from his chase after the monster. Victor tells Walton his life story and then dies. Walton is like Victor in many ways because he is an explorer and is chasing after some kind of knowledge.
Part III. Vocabulary
Chapter and Page
| Part of Speech
| Definition (as used in the novel)
| Person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation, as a university.
| Capable of being wearied or tired out.
| Life; nourishment, the process of sustaining.
| Up to this time; until now.
| Extreme poverty
| A medium to grayish yellow color.
| Feeling, exhibiting or characterized by reverence; deep respect.
| To isolate, shut off, or withdraw
| A person who does not accept a particular faith; unbeliever.
| Noun, Verb (used with object)
| Tomb, grave, or burial place.
| Of the third order, rank, stage, formation etc.
| Strict observance of promises, duties, etc.
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