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1. Frankenstein has many elements of a horror story. What strategies and devices does Shelley use to make the story scary? How does Shelley go beyond the usual horror story elements to focus on characters and the differences between their behaviors, beliefs and values?
2. Who is the actual monster in Frankenstein?
3. Why did Victor create the creature? What responsibilities did Victor, as the creator, have toward his creature? Why did Victor abandon the creature?
4. What purpose is served by having Robert Walton tell Victor's story? Compare and contrast Robert's and Victor's goals and interests.
5. Victor warns Robert that acquiring knowledge can lead to "destruction and infallible misery." What serious consequences might the acquisition of knowledge have?
6. One of the novel's tragedies is the inability of characters to recognize the humanity of the creature. What qualities make us human? Which of these qualities does the creature possess? What qualities does he not have?
7. Scholars sometimes use Frankenstein as an argument against scientific technology that creates life forms; others argue that it is not technology itself but the use to which it is put that presents an ethical problem. What is Shelley's position? What is your position?
8. Explain the novel's popularity. What makes the novel a classic? How is the story appropriate for today and our society?
9. Choose one of the many film versions of this novel and compare it to the book.