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Foreshadowing and Symbolism. Frankenstein. Foreshadow. An author gives hints or clues at upcoming events. Allows the author to build a novel while laying the groundwork for upcoming character and plot development. In Frankenstein.

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foreshadow
Foreshadow
  • An author gives hints or clues at upcoming events.
  • Allows the author to build a novel while laying the groundwork for upcoming character and plot development
in frankenstein
In Frankenstein
  • List the details from the excerpt that indicate possible future events
  • Write a specific prediction about the character or plot development that you believe is being foreshadowed
  • Explain why you believe the text foreshadows your prediction
example
Example
  • “But I (Victor) was restrained, when I thought of the heroic and suffering Elizabeth, whom I tenderly loved, and whose existence was bound up in mine. I thought also of my father and surviving brother: should I by my base desertion leave them exposed and unprotected to the malice of the fiend whom I had let loose among them?”
sample
Sample
  • details: Elizabeth’s existence is connected to Victor’s; fiend possibly harming another member of Victor’s family
  • Prediction: The fiend will harm Elizabeth or another member of Victor’s family
  • Reason: The fiend has previously demonstrated that he will harm a member of the Frankenstein family to get back at Victor; if Frankenstein does not comply with the creature’s demands, he may again lash out.
in frankenstein1
In Frankenstein
  • List the details from the excerpt that indicate possible future events
  • Write a specific prediction about the character or plot development that you believe is being foreshadowed
  • Explain why you believe the text foreshadows your prediction
symbols symbolism
Symbols/Symbolism
  • Authors use symbolism to add depth to his/her writing.
  • Throughout the novel, Shelley introduces and expands on the concepts of birth and death. When the creature describes his initial life and feeling sensations for the first time, he roughly follows the order of a biblical creation.
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Part One: Biblical CreationDirections: List the aspects of the creature’s development that parallel each item in the process of biblical creation. You may want to refer directly to the text for help.

Aspects of Creation

Parallels in Frankenstein

  • Creation of Light
  • Creation of earth and seas
  • Creation of plants
  • Creation of day and night
  • Creation of birds and fish
  • Creation of human life
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Part Two: Mary Shelley repeatedly utilizes fire and lightening to elucidate Victor’s realization and Knowledge.Directions: For each chapter indicated, locate examples of fire and lightning and explain how Shelley uses each symbolically.

Chapter-Passage

Symbolic Explanation

  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 2
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Part 3: Shelley also utilizes seasons, weather, and nature to symbolize the feelings of Victor and the creature.Directions: Locate and explain examples of the seasons, weather, and nature being used symbolically.

Chapter-Passage

Symbolic Explanation

  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 5