1. Frankenstein is described as a Gothic novel. What are the ingredients, which define this type of work?
2. One of the key elements of the story is Victor’s state of mind. Show how the events in the story affect his behavior.
3. Frankenstein has three main storylines. What are they?
4. Sum up the letters 1-4 from Robert Walton and interpret their meaning.
5. What are the romantic elements contained in the letters?
6. Describe Victor's character as a child and as an adult.
7. In Chapters 4 and 5 Mary Shelley makes two moral points, based on her romantic background, what are the two moral messages?
8. In what way is Victor a victim of his own intellectual narcissism?
9. List the gothic elements in Chapter 5.
10. The novel mirrors at length Shelley's own family life, how and in what respect?
11. After the creation of the monster, Victor's life and his family's life are devastated by a number of evil events and nightmares which are they?
12. When and under which circumstances do Victor and his creature meet? What relationship is established between them?
13. How does Mary Shelley portray the "monster" psychologically? What kind of creature is he? What ominous defense mechanisms does he rely on?
14. What is your attitude to the "monster"? Why?
15. Chapters 11 through 17 initiate a new story as narrated by the monster himself. Briefly sum up his story about his relationship with the De Lacey’s and about his personal growth.