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Character development and analysis in Frankenstein. Types of Characters:. Round Characters- characters that are fully developed and multi-dimensional Flat Characters- characters that are based solely on one trait or characteristic. Types of Characters:.

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types of characters
Types of Characters:
  • Round Characters- characters that are fully developed and multi-dimensional
  • Flat Characters- characters that are based solely on one trait or characteristic
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Types of Characters:
  • Dynamic Characters- characters that develop through the course of the story
  • Static Characters- characters that do NOT develop through the course of the story
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Types of Characters:
  • Foil- a character who is the opposite of another character used to shed light upon the character of the latter
  • Catalyst- a character (or event) that starts a chain of events. A catalyst is the first domino to fall and hit the other dominoes
character analysis of static characters
Character Analysis of Static Characters
  • Frankenstein Family
    • Elizabeth and Justine- used for Victor’s revenge
    • Mrs. Frankenstein- her death is what makes Victor wish to create, and ultimately restore, life to inanimate objects
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Character Analysis of Static Characters
  • Henry Clerval- another reason for Victor’s revenge
    • A foil for Victor- his character shows how scientific and un-Romantic Victor is
    • Henry is Shelley’s way of showing how life could be for Victor if he was not given to his passion for science
character analysis of static characters2
Character Analysis of Static Characters
  • Robert Walton- device that allows Victor to tell his story
    • Victor uses him as the scribe
    • Shelley uses his as the reason for Victor to tell his story
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Character Analysis of Static Characters
  • The De Lacy family- creature learns how to speak (so he can tell his story)
    • Creature learns how to socialize from them
    • They are the single-most important factor in making the creature long for human company, and then for his feeling of utter despair that drives him to murder
character analysis of dynamic characters
Character Analysis of Dynamic Characters
  • Victor Frankenstein- changes throughout the story
    • Story covers his entire life
    • Inverted time sequence- his character in the book is not in the same sequence as real life
    • Childhood = happy and loving child
    • Youth = science obsessed
    • Man = broken and “wiser-for-the-wear”
    • Sorrows and guilt prematurely age him and make him sick
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Character Analysis of Dynamic Characters
  • Frankenstein Cont.
  • His change in philosophy (important!)
    • First, unintentionally created havoc for himself because of his scientific quest
    • He then realizes it’s better to enjoy life than go after fame, glory, and knowledge
    • Victor learns that ignorance is bliss
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Character Analysis of Dynamic Characters
  • The Creature- develops tremendously throughout the story
  • Begins life as a clean slate
  • He only has the potential for everything
  • He literally becomes what society makes him
  • He is Shelley’s warning to the reader
literary allusions
Literary Allusions:
  • A writer’s comparison of his or her characters to characters in other well-known works of literature
  • Value of an allusion lies in its ability to garner much information in only a title or a character name
literary allusions used in frankenstein
Literary Allusions used in Frankenstein:
  • Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • Biblical account of Adam and Eve
  • “The Modern Prometheus”