Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Who was Mary Shelley?341px-MaryShelleyEaston2.jpg

Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797. Daughter of a philosopher and a writer, she
married Percy Bysshe Shelley at the age of 19. She first published her novel Frankenstein anonymously on January 1st 1818.

  1. What influenced Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein?

During one boring night, she wrote Frankenstein as a contest against her friends with the theme of ghost stories. She wanted to write something that could scare her readers so they would look around them while reading.

  1. Why does the Creature not have a name?

Because his creator (Victor Frankenstein) ran away as soon as he saw the Creature alive. Frankenstein, being his creator and in a way his father, should have been the one to give a name to the Creature, but he abandoned him. Since nobody ever really talked to the Creature, no one gave him a name.

  1. What makes the Creature a monster instead of a human being?

The Creature has human properties such as his feelings, his emotions, his thoughtfrankenstein-156488_960_720process and his mental capacities. What makes him a monster is his physical aspect; “His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriance only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same color as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips” (Shelley 35).

  1. frankenstein-156488_960_720Why does Victor hate his creation?

The monster was suppose to be Victor’s big achievement. He worked hard for years to create the Creature. He isolated himself from his family and his few friends during those years. When he succeeded in giving life to his creation, he realized that it was ugly. He then ran away, abandoning the Creature to himself. After the choc of the ugliness he had created and the illness due to this choc, Victor went back to Geneva to assist his family through William’s death. He then realized the Creature was the murderer of his younger brother. The Monster then killed (indirectly) Justine, and later on Henry Clerval (Frankenstein’s only friend) and Elizabeth (Frankenstein’s wife) which only made Victor hate him more.

  1. Why does Victor create the Monster?

Victor Frankenstein created the monster in an attempt to become a god, or a legend. He wanted to be remembered as the father of a species and be acclaimed for this. On the opposite, Victor does not get any recognition for his creation and instead of being proud, he is ashamed of the creature.

  1. Why Robert Walton did not kill the Creature when he had the chance

Walton had mixed emotions toward the Creature. While the Creature was talking to him, Walton was overwhelmed by Lavaux_and_Lake_Geneva.jpg
curiosity and compassion. He did not console him over the death of Victor Frankenstein, but he did not kill him.

  1. What are the main themes presented in the novel?

The themes in the novels are: Creation, Responsibility, Isolation, Nature, Monstrosity, Secrecy, Knowledge, Vengeance, Hatred, Motivation, and Love.

  1. Are Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton alike?

The two men are alike in their quest for glory. Both men seek the recognition and the fame that comes with a big discovery. Victor Frankenstein for his part created something new as Robert Walton tries to discover something new. They
both were ready to die in order to accomplish their dream, but not only Walton’s life was in danger, but all of his crew’s. This is why Walton decided to go back and stop exploring.

  1. Why does Justine confess to William’s murder even if it is not true?

She confesses because she wanted to avoid the excommunication and obtain the absolution during her last moments.

By Camille Bessette


3 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. razorsedgeslc says:

    Hi Camille,
    I have not gotten the chance to read Frankenstein yet and I know very little about this mythic character. Your post helped me to get a sense of what is important to know about this story. I think people who have read or not the novel can find inspiration on this blog post.

    Good job!
    Florence Pageau for razorsedgeslc


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