CREATION OF THE MONSTER: CHAPTERS 3-5 Frankenstein Lecture 3
Overview • At age seventeen, after the death of his mother, Victor leaves home to attend university at Ingolstadt where he soon regains his fascination with the mysteries of natural science. • With the help of two professors, M. Krempe and M. Waldman, Frankenstein learns to distinguish between ancient myths and current fact, resolving to “pioneer a new way to unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” • Victor spends the next two years immersed in the study of chemistry, without returning to visit family and friends. In an obsessive effort to discover the point at which life begins, Victor spends countless days and nights in charnel houses studying decayed human forms. • After two years of work assembling his own creature, Frankenstein succeeds in bringing it to life. However, Victor is disgusted by the creature’s appearance and abandons him upon sight. • Escaping into town, Victor is surprised to see Henry Clerval, who has just arrived at the university. Overcome with the horror of his secret act, Victor becomes violently ill.
Questions: Chapters 3-5 • 1. Victor’s obsession with natural science results in two years passing with no visits home. How would you evaluate his character at this point? • 2. Describe the shift in tone when Victor says, “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier the man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” • 3. During his summer experiment, Victor admits “his eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.” What role might nature (or the lack of it) play for Victor? • 4. What message might Victor be missing when he dreams that his kiss turns Elizabeth into a corpse?
Graphic Novel Assignment • Go to the Manga Comic Book Creator: http://disney.go.com/create/apps/comiccreator/manga • Create a 1-3 page Manga adaptation of chapters three through five. • Download your final product.