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Frankenstein Book Report

A book report on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Patrick Elkner

on 31 May 2013

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A. PROTAGONIST: Though there are numerous unimportant characters in the novel, there is most definitely one major protagonist, this person being Henry Clerval. In Victor's time of need, Henry visits Victor and nurses him back to full health. Henry spends several months aiding Victor, ensuring that he was once again healthy. Without Clerval, Victor would have never been brought back to his natural state, and his life would have ended there in Ingolstadt after he had spent years making this monster. While Victor was mentally ill, he states "Dearest Clerval, how kind, how very good you are too me. This whole winter, instead of being spent in study, as you promised yourself, has been consumed in my sick room. How shall I ever repay you?" (89) expressing how rather than learn, Clerval spent the winter months care taking for Victor.

B. ANTAGONIST: Victor Frankenstein may appear to be a good person, however once you truly learn who Victor is, you learn that he is really a horrible human, and the antagonist of the story. Victor created the creature, and thus created his own enemy. Victor unleashed a wrath of evil into this world and rather than acknowledge his own wrong doing, he blatantly ignored it and held the secret for his own until he was finally forced to own up to it. Victor states "... but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." (81) further explaining how Victor has created the monster in the hopes of creating perfection, but could only create a horrible beast who wreaked havoc on Victor and his family.

C. MINOR CHARACTER(S): Throughout the novel, several minor characters appear, including Elizabeth Lavenza, Alphonse Frankenstein, and Ernest Frankenstein.

A. TIME: The novel takes place around the 1800's throughout all seasons.

B. PLACE: The novel mainly focuses around Ingolstadt and Geneva, as this is where Victor both studies and where he and his family live. For instance, Geneva is one of the main settings because several times Victor and his family express and describe the city. Victor states "Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town. The gates were open; and I hastened to my father's house." (121) describing the town's physical aspects.

C. EFFECT SETTING HAS ON PLOT: The setting plays an important role on the plot. For instance, if the novel were to take place in this time period, several things would change such as what the creature consumes and where he lives, and also where Victor lives. Furthermore, rather than being forced to either ride horses or walk to their destinations, Victor would have the option to ride in a motor vehicle.

D. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This novel has no historical significance. 3. MOOD AND TONE

A. MOOD: The mood of the novel is dark or mysterious. Throughout the novel, several murders and death occur, giving the book a eerie feel. "I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumphant." (261) This quote explains how disgusting the creature was, and how evil he was to kill a child.

B. TONE: The tone of the novel, is lonliness, as in the beginning of the novel Victor is surrounded by his friends, but slowly losses them all, and the creature is forced to live his entire life alone. "Our lives will not be happy, but they will be harmless and free from the misery I now feel" (265) 4. POINT OF VIEW

A. TYPE: First Person, from numerous people's points of view.

B. EFFECT: This type impacts the story in various ways, including the way that we experience everything the author is experiencing firsthand. In contrast, however when both Victor and the monster describe the injust that has been done to them we only get to hear on side of the story, thus making us biased readers. For instance, when Victor is describing how he abandoned the creature, we feel more vulnerable to believe him, making us biased as we have not yet heard the monster's story. "... I beheld the wretch- the miserable monster whom I had created." (81) further explaining how Victor already despised the monster he had just recently created. 5. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

A. TYPE: Simile
B. CITED EXAMPLE: "No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards like a hurricane in the first enthusiasm of success." (73)

A. TYPE: Metaphor
B. CITED EXAMPLE: "This noble war in the sky elevated my spirits." (119)

A. TYPE: Simile
B. CITED EXAMPLE: "Sleep fled from my eyes, I wandered like an evil spirit..."(151) 6. LITERARY TECHNIQUES

A. FLASHBACK: An example of a flashback in the novel is "I am already far north of London; as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks..." (3) In this flashback Robert Walton is writing his sister a letter describing how it feels to walk through Petersburgh.

B. FORESHADOWING: An example of foreshadowing in this novel is "A being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature, sat in the sledge and guided the dogs." (19) This example is foreshadowing future events regarding the creature who has the appearance of a man of gigantic stature.

C. SYMBOLISM: Throughout the novel, symbolism presents itself on several occasions. One of these occasions involving Henry Clerval. Henry represents Victor's conscious on numerous occasions, including when Victor is mentally ill and Clerval nurses him back to health in Ingolstadt. For almost a year Clerval attended to Victor, ensuring he was in the best of health before allowing him to leave and head home. "... he again taught me too love the aspect of nature, and the cheerful faces of children."(107)

D. IMAGERY: "Clouds hid the moon, everything was obscure, and I heard only the sound of the boat" (132) This example of imagery is a personification. 7. PLOT


1. One rising action is when Victor creates his first creature

2. Furthermore, another rising action is when Victor meets the creature on the mountain and listens to his story

3. Another rising action is when Victor agrees to make a second creature

B. CLIMAX: The climax of the novel is when Victor refuses to make the creature a companion. Victor finally comes to his senses and realizes that what he is doing is wrong, that he would only ever regret his decision.


1. One falling action is that the monster murders Elizabeth

2. Additionally, another falling action is when Victor chases the monster North

3. Finally, one exampl of a falling action is when Victor finds Walton and tells him his story, shortly followed by his death

D. RESOLUTION: The resolution is that after murdering Victor's wife, the monster heads North with Victor chasing him, only to have Victor die in the process. 8. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONFLICT

A. INTERNAL CONFLICT AND CITED EXAMPLE: The internal conflict of the book is that the monster is alone is this world, and because of this wreaks havoc on Victor so he can feel the pain and torture that the creature feels. "...my enemy is not impregnable; this death will carry despair to him..." (261)

B. CONFLICT ANALYSIS: This conflict affects the story severely as without it there would be no story. This conflict impacts the character's thoughts and actions, thus changing the story.

C. EXTERNAL CONFLICT AND CITED EXAMPLE: The external conflict of the novel is that Victor is losing everybody he loves. The monster is alone, and too make Victor feel the same he is killing all who Victor cares for. "I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph." (261)

D. CONFLICT ANALYSIS: Without this conflict, the characters would not have been impacted, and in this way would have never faced any challenges.

The theme of this novel is retribution. On several occasions retribution becomes pertinent. For instance, after Victor abandons the creature and he realizes that he is all alone, the creature grows angry and choose to seek revenge on the mortal who created him and his problems- Victor. In order too feel less alone, the creature black mails Victor, telling him to either make him a female companion or to watch as his family is murdered around him. This theme is apart if everyday life in several ways. As humans, if somebody does wrong to us, it is our natural reaction too seek revenge for them to feel the pain that we felt, however unlike the creature, we do not go to such extremes. "My daily vows rose for revenge- a deep and deadly revenge such as would alone compensate for the outrages and anguish I had endured." (257)


While reading the novel, at times I found myself confused and disoriented, however all in all this novel proved to be an award winning classic. The novel proved to be witty yet dark, while still managing to get across the social problems of the time. Shelley herself was facing numerous difficulties both as a female writer and for having recently cheated on her husband and then proceeding to wreck another marriage for her own greed, and she managed to focus all these problems and issues into one fantastic novel. After finishing this novel I felt as if I had climbed Mount Everest. Finishing this book was a major accomplishment personally for me, as I never expected myself to finish such a book. As much as I enjoyed this novel, I personally believe a high school audience would enjoy this book more, as at times the vast vocabulary and the change of point of view were confusing. Shelley most definitely held the audience's attention, as the character's actions and the plot were both interesting. All in all, this novel was a great read, and I loved the book. BOOK REPORT BY PATRICK ELKNER
JANUARY 7th, 2012
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