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Gene Wilder as Victor Frankenstein



First Things First

Please go to the boards and tell us your favorite part of Frankenstein so far. And no, you can't say, "I don't have a favorite part."

Okay, how about the part you hated the least?

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers.

Initial post due by February 2 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by February 4 at 11:59 PM




Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus when just a young woman of 17, and it has endured for over a century as one of the greatest horror novels ever written. Still, if you've just seen any of the hundreds of movies or TV shows that feature her creations, you're probably surprised at the book.

First and foremost, Victor's creation is NOT called "Frankenstein." That's Victor's name. The creature doesn't have one. Think carefully about what you call it because that will tell your reader a great deal about your opinions. And what does it mean that we confuse the creation with its creator? What are the implications of that situation?

The story is also a great deal more complex that the earlier movies and asks us to really think about the morality of Victor's actions and the ethics that surround the creature's condition, its rights and status in the world. It's not a dumb beast, but what is it? Can we even say it's alive? If so, is it human? And if not, can we expect it to behave according to the rules of human society?

And then there's Victor. What do you make of him? Of what he does? What are his motives and his goals? What does he owe his creation, if he owes it anything at all?

Consider these questions while you get ready to write an essay on Frankenstein and the definition of "evil" that'll be due on February 25!




Re-read the first two paragraphs of Volume 1, chapter 5 which show the creation of the creature and Frankenstein's initial reaction to it:

Please go to the discussion boards and for one of the paragraphs . . .

    1. Create a one sentence summary
    2. Indicate what you think the most important or interesting idea is
    3. Present the most important or interesting quote
    4. Explain why it's important or interesting
    5. Ask a relevant question

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers, and try an answer their questions.

Initial post due by February 2 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due byFebruary 4 at 11:59 PM