Frankenstein

The following posts discuss the ending of Frankenstein in response to these prompts:

Prompt One: As we saw with Justine’s trial, Shelley criticizes the system of justice in her time period, or at least the false security in it. How does she continue to comment on this issue of justice at the end of her novel by asking us to consider “responsibility”? Who is responsible for whom?  Choose just one (maybe two) characters to discuss. Some suggestions below:

  • Do you think that Victor is ultimately responsible for the monster’s actions?
  • What is Walton’s responsibility? In light of this dying request from Victor, what do you make of Walton’s response to the monster at the end of the novel?
  • Does the monster take responsible action at the end of the novel?
  • What is the reader’s responsibility?

Prompt Two: How does the ending of the novel bear on the theme of education or learning throughout the novel? You might consider thinking about the three different ways characters learn in this novel: from reading, from listening to a story, or from experiences. What does the ending of the novel show about what Victor, Walton, or the monster learned from their experiences? How do these characters learn? Is the reader supposed to learn?

Prompt Three: Consider the significance of how Shelley uses point of view throughout the novel. How does the frame tale compliment or complicate the first person point of view? What is the significance of returning to Walton’s viewpoint at the end? How might the novel have been different if we ended with Victors? The mosnters? One of the female characters?

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