People (both fictional and real-life) you should know from Frankenstein:
Victor Frankenstein: creator of the creature and protagonist of the story
Henry Clerval: Frankenstein's best friend who is murdered by the creature
Elizabeth Lavenza: lived with Frankenstein family; married Victor
Robert Walton: explorer who met Frankenstein on the Arctic ice
Margaret Saville: recipient of a series of letters from her brother, Robert Walton
Justine Moritz: wrongly executed for the murder of young William Frankenstein
Percy Shelley: famous real-life British poet and Frankenstein author’s husband
Felix De Lacey: unknowingly taught the creature to read and write
Alphonse Frankenstein: died of grief in his son's arms after learning that Elizabeth was dead
Caroline Beaufort: Frankenstein family matriarch; Victor Frankenstein’s mother
Mary Shelley: real-life author of the novel Frankenstein; she wrote the story while on vacation with Percy Shelley (her husband) and Lord Byron (her friend) while on vacation in Switzerland; both Percy Shelley and Lord Byron became world-famous British poets.
William Frankenstein: a young boy who was the creature's first victim
For the test, be prepared to write an essay to a question similar to the prompt below. We will discuss possible answers in class. Describe the original personality of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature, and the changes that occurred to the creature’s personality over the course of the novel.
In coming up with an answer, you might want to address the following questions: What was the creature like when he was first “born”? How did he change and why did he change? What was the creature like at the end of the novel? Be sure to mention the name of the novel and the name of the author somewhere in your answer. Also, you should give an example of an incident from the novel as an example that backs up your answer.
Frankenstein'>While reading and studying Frankenstein over the last few weeks, each student filled out answers to a Study Guide. Use the Study Guide to study for the test. If you lost your Study Guide, it appears below, complete with the answers to all of the questions: Introduction, Preface, Letters 1. Why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein?
She wrote it as a response to a challenge to a contest by Lord Byron and her husband, Percy Shelley, to think of a horror story. Whoever wrote the best story would be declared the winner.
2. What discussions influenced the development of her idea?
She was listening to her husband, Shelley, and Lord Byron talk about the nature of life, and the
possibility of creating a creature.
3. In the preface, what does the author say she is trying to preserve?
She is trying to “preserve the truth of the elementary principles of human nature.”
4. What is the structure, or form, of the novel?
It is an epistolary novel. This means it is written as a series of letters.
5. Who was writing the letters?
They were written by Robert Walton.
6. To whom were the letters written?
They were written to Walton’s sister, Mrs. Margaret Saville, in England.
7. Where was the writer, and why was he there?
He was in the Arctic, exploring unknown regions.
8. How did he meet Victor Frankenstein?
He and the crew found Frankenstein stuck on a large piece of ice. They rescued him and
brought him aboard their vessel.
9. How did Robert feel about his guest?