MRS. LONDON

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"Frankenstein" Discussion Post

There are many important themes in "Frankenstein"—what it means to be a "monster," how you define responsibility, the importance of fitting into society/humanity, and more. Your job for this post is to pick ONE of the 6 questions below and write a well-developed extended paragraph (8-12 sentences) answering it. You should cite specific evidence from the text when necessary.

As with all argumentative writing, you should make your claim (thesis/opinion) clear near the beginning of the paragraph since you are only writing one paragraph and follow up with support using the I.C.E. method — introduce your quote/evidence, cite it, explain it.


Once you finish, you must respond to at least 2 other people's posts by Friday, 1/16. Your responses should be in paragraph format. "I agree" and "me too" responses are NOT acceptable. You will get 10 points for your initial post and 10 points (5 each) for your responses. I encourage you to respond to posts answering questions that you *did not* do, OR respond to posts that you did do but the writer *disagrees* with you.


HOOSE ONE OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW TO RESPOND TO:

  1. Who is the actual monster in Frankenstein?
  2. Why did Victor create the creature? What responsibilities did Victor, as the creator, have toward his creature? Why did Victor abandon the creature?
  3. One of the novel's tragedies is the inability of characters to recognize the humanity of the creature. What qualities make us human? Which of these qualities does the creature possess? What qualities does he not have?
  4. How does the concept of revenge play a part in this novel? Be very specific. Which people are involved?  Why?  What happens as a result? How does the result connect to a larger theme?
  5. Why is the Creature never given a name?  What does this suggest?  What names is he called throughout the novel?  Why?  
    1. How does he perceive himself?  (What was his reaction when he first saw his own reflection?) What role does physical appearance play in this novel?  
    2. How crucial is society’s acceptance/rejection of the Creature?  When he is rejected, how does he react? How do his reactions connect to any larger themes?
  6. Why is Walton the overall narrator of this story? What makes his character different/more reliable than the other two characters who tell their story? What might Walton symbolize in society that makes him ideal to tell this story? Why make all three narrators within a story male, when the author of the novel is female?

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