Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
41. Compare and contrast Viktor and the monster. How are they alike, and how do they differ? To what extent is Viktor the real monster, and to what extent is the monster humanized?
42. Viktor’s ambition and drive to create life are ultimately what lead to his downfall. In what ways is the pursuit of knowledge characterized as destructive?
43. Frankenstein has three distinct narrators. Discuss the function of each and how they affect the novel as a whole. What does the novel gain from offering multiple perspectives? (You might also want to consider the various letters interspersed throughout the story.)
44. Consider Frankenstein’s alternate title, The Modern Prometheus. How is the novel a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Prometheus?
45. Consider the role of women in the novel. What does the creature’s request for a female companion suggest about women? What do the main characters reveal about themselves through their relationships with women?