Frankenstein Themes
Updated: 9/7/2018
Frankenstein Themes
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Frankenstein Lesson Plans

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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After creating a monster who killed and destroyed many of his family and friends, Dr. Victor Frankenstein has chased the creature to the North Pole, where he encounters a ship, lead by Captain Walton, on an expedition. Near death, Victor recounts his story to Walton, to stop Walton from making Frankenstein’s mistake: searching for glory at all costs. The captain relays this story to his wife, in a series of letters.


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Frankenstein Themes | Themes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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  • QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE
  • EXAMPLE 1
  • EXAMPLE 2
  • After encountering a ship on an expedition to find a passage to Russia, a dying Victor Frankenstein recounts his life story to Captain Walton to stop Walton from making the same mistake he made - searching for glory at all costs.
  • Although he never reveals his knowledge, Frankenstein possesses​ the ability to create life. In his quest to attain this knowledge, he did not consider the outcomes.
  • FEAR AND REJECTION
  • The monster is rejected by Frankenstein because he is grotesque. Moreover, he is feared and rejected by everyone he encounters. He goes into hiding to avoid further rejection and, through a peephole, learns about the world, but is never a part of it.
  • The monster longs to make Frankenstein feel his pain. He kills Frankenstein's family, his best friend, and his wife, leaving Frankenstein alone in the world, much like the monster.
  • NATURE VS. NURTURE
  • The monster's nature is a direct result of his isolation, rejection, and fear. Being left to learn basic human tasks on his own caused his malice.
  • The monster's life could have been different. Had Frankenstein nurtured him as his creator instead of abandoning him, the monster would have been raised in a properly beneficial​ way.