1. What does it mean to be a monster? Who is the real monster in Frankenstein? Is Victor, the well-intentioned yet troubled scientist, a monster? Or is his creation the monster? Are they both monsters in their own ways?
2. Frankenstein is often used as an example of ethical vs. non-ethical scientific/medical procedure. Do you think that the way that Victor created his creature was ethical? Nonethical? Should Victor have made his creature at all? Explain.
3. CHOOSE one of these 3 Qs for your last response :]
1.What is the role of fate in the novel? Victor Frankenstein regularly bemoans that fate contributes to the outcome of his experiences. Is fate really involved, or is Victor avoiding taking the blame for his own actions? To what extent are we responsible for our own lives and actions? Can you draw any parallels to Macbeth?
2. Nature vs. Nurture is an important theme throughout Frankenstein. With the case of Victor’s creature, he does not teach it or raise it but abandons it to figure out life on its own. If Victor had raised the creature, how do you think it would have turned out? Would it have still become a vindictive creature because it is its nature to be so? Or would it have maybe followed in Victor’s footsteps to seek learning opportunities (since it is in fact quite intelligent) because Victor nurtured it that way?
3. Contrary to popular belief, Frankenstein is not the full title of Mary Shelley’s 200-yearold novel. It is actually titled, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Prometheus was Greek Titan known for his intelligence. He also reportedly created man from clay, then stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans enabling civilization. Why do you think the title only partially survived over the years? What is the significance of the title to the novel? How does it change your perception of Frankenstein?
*Though two of your prompts may be informal and conversational, please choose one of your prompts to write in a more formal style with the following items:
use an appositive, a semicolon and an AAAWWUBBIS complex sentence- BOLD these.
state your claim – your clear, concise, stance on the prompt. Make sure to highlight it!
use evidence to support your claim (from Frankenstein, obviously).
address and discredit (shut down) the counterclaim (using evidence from the text). Please underline your “shut down” of the counterclaim.
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