Group #3 Characters By: Arielle Plavnick Britta Nancarrow Mariah Butera Date: 3/15/11 Per:2
Justine Moritz Facts • Adopted into the Frankenstein household at age 12 • Although abandoned by her own family, loved dearly by the Frankenstein’s • Adopted similar qualities/personality traits to Mrs. Frankenstien • Symbolized virtue, purity, and goodness • Confessed to a crime she did not commit and was hanged for it Significance • Justine shows a sharp parallel to “The Creature” and perfectly portrays the difference love can make in a persons life and morals (EPIPHANY) • Signifies the injustice of “judging a book by its cover” • There is always goodness within the evil (situational v.s. personally) Questions • What does Justine’s small role in the novel mean to the overall significance of the novel? • What does the injustice of her murder say about their society in that time?
Justine Moritz • "I did confess; but I confessed a lie. I confessed, that I might obtain absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart than all my other sins…ever since I was condemned, my confessor has besieged me; he threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was…” (62) • Her goodness and purity showed the faulty morals, insecurities, and selfishness of Victor because he could have saved her while dooming himself
William Frankenstein Facts • Youngest son of the Frankenstein family • Loved and adored dearly by his family (apple of their eye) • Beautiful outward appearance • First of the “Creature’s” victims Significance • Pushes the creatures first act of cruelty • Brings about the situation that portrays Victor Frankenstein's selfishness, self-hatred, etc. when he wont step forward to protect Justine • Shows the innate inferiority of humans to judge solely on outward appearance Questions • What do you think Williams beauty stood for? (if for anything at all) • Should Williams youth and innocence have protected him from judgments?
"He struggled violently. 'Let me go,' he cried; 'monster! ugly wretch! you wish to eat me, and tear me to pieces -- You are an ogre -- Let me go, or I will tell my papa.' (Ch.16) William Frankenstein
M. Waldman Facts • Victor Frankenstein’s chemistry professor • Victor takes the abnormal brain from M. Waldman’s laboratory Significance • Although a minor character, he encourages Victor to excel in science which in effect drives the plot forward • An indirect antagonist in the story because the creation of the monster wouldn’t of been possible without M. Waldman Questions • What do you think Mary Shelley’s point was in making M. Waldman a minor character despite his major importance? • How do you think the book could’ve been different if M. Waldman played a more active role?
M. Waldman “I am happy," said M. Waldman, "to have gained a disciple; and if your application equals your ability, I have no doubt of your success.”
M. Krempe Facts • Victor’s natural philosophy teacher at University of Ingolstadt • Unsympathetic and mocking of Victor’s interest in Alchemy • Tells Victor to start his studies over "M. Krempe was a little squat man, with a gruff voice and repulsive countenance; the teacher, therefore, did not prepossess me in favor of his doctrine.“ Significance • Krempe taught during the age of Enlightenment, while Victor was studying the works of Alchemists of the past • Leads Victor to his work in modern science • Krempe believes that these Alchemist works are outdated just like Victor’s father had said to him when he was younger • Krempe represents the importance of education and the search for knowledge -gives Victor a list of recent books to have him read • Uses the knowledge from Krempe about natural philosophy to create the creature
M. Krempe • “Every instant that you have wasted on those books is utterly and entirely lost. You have burdened your memory with exploded systems and useless names. Good God! in what desert land have you lived, where no one was kind enough to inform you that these fancies, which you have so greedily imbibed, are a thousand years old, and as musty as they are ancient? I little expected, in this enlightened and scientific age, to find a disciple of Albertus Magnus and Paracelsus. My dear sir, you must begin your studies entirely anew."