Identification

Read the introduction and main text of Frankenstein and respond to the writing prompts below. Format all responses on the same document and submit via Pilot. DUE DATE: Friday, Sep. 20, 5 p.m.

PART 1
Characterization

In YOUR OWN WORDS, write one-paragraph sketches for the following characters that account for their biographies, emotional dispositions, and core desires. Each sketch must be at least 100 words.

Robert Walton
Victor Frankenstein
The Monster
Elizabeth Lavenza
Henry Clerval

PART 2
Reader-Response

Analyze the narrative structure of Frankenstein. What different methods does Shelley use to tell the story? How many narrators are there? Who are they and in what order to they appear? In your opinion, what is the effect and significance of Shelley telling the novel from multiple perspectives? 250 words.

Discussion

Watch this clip from the 1994 film adaptation of Frankenstein in which Victor (played by Kenneth Branagh) brings the monster to life. Is this how Mary Shelley depicts the scene? If so, explain, citing specific passages from the novel. If not, how specifically does Shelley describe the scene? 500 words. DUE DATE: Friday, Sep. 27, 5 p.m.

 

Summaries

In your own words, summarize the following three articles from the supplementary material in the Norton Critical Edition of Frankenstein:

George Levine • Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism
Bette London • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity
Jane Goodall • Electrical Romanticism

Each summary should be 250 words long and formatted as a single paragraph. As always, be sure that your writing is revised and polished. Submit all three summaries on the same document via Pilot. DUE DATE: Friday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m.