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1) Read the novel excerpts and the related texts together in groups or as a class

2) Clarify meaning in groups or as a class. Student/Teacher reads. Student summarizes

3) In pairs or in groups, discuss the textual content and quotations

4) In pairs or in groups, discuss the conversation questions (include your own questions)

5) As a class, take turns using the conversation questions to expand your ideas

Novels 107 ~ Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley ~

Courtesy of  Spark notes

I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein



So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein


I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein



Click here for Author¡¯s Biography, Plot Overview, and Explanation of Quotes courtesy of Sparknotes


~ General Conversation Questions ~


Group A


1) What is "gothic fiction". Do you like the horror genre? Why or why not? Discuss.

2) One theme is the misuse of scientific knowledge. Discuss current possible  examples of this.

3) Another theme is how nature can affect us. How does the day-to-day weather affect you?

4) Seasons can also affect our emotional lives. Do you have a favorite? Explain.

5) Victor is described as having excessive pride. What is the role of pride in your culture?


Group B


1) Monsters have always been a part of storytelling. Why are we fascinated by them? Discuss.

2) The monster takes revenge by killing those Victor loves. What is the nature of this revenge?

3) Describe the notion of  "karma". Does it apply to the story? Do you believe in it? Explain.

4) The female characters have been described as weak. Why would Shelley create them this way?

5) Shelley¡¯s mother was a women¡¯s rights activist. What is the status quo of women in your culture?


Challenge: Make your own follow-up questions and discuss them.




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