(at right: the first illustration of Frankenstein, by the engravier, Chevalier, for the 1831 edition. Much of the stereotypical "laboratory" details used in films comes from this illustration, since Shelley never describes it in the novel).
Answer TWO of the following...
1. How might we use Polidori’s The Vampyre to read some of the events and characters of Frankenstein? Since both writers knew one another and were inspired by the same event (and books, ideas), do we see a connection between Aubrey and Frankenstein? Or Frankenstein and Lord Ruthven?
2. How does Shelley attempt to humanize the “creation” throughout the narrative? What account does the “creature” give of his own “birth,” and how might this contrast with Frankenstein’s creation narrative?
3. The Creature’s education is chiefly in the form of four books: Volney’s Ruins of Empires, Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Plutarch’s Lives. Why this strange collection of works? What do they collectively “teach” the Creature about human life?
4. What do you make of the lengthy interlude of Felix and his relationship with Safie and her father, the Turk? Why does the Creature (or Shelley) feel it necessary to include this tale? Does it echo any of the characters/events of the rest of the story?