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Frankenstein Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including nature, knowledge, and secrecy. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Who was accused of committing the murder in Frankenstein, and why? Justine, who lived with the family, was accused. She had not been with the family on the night William was murdered. Several people had seen her the next morning looking confused and frightened. A servant found the locket that Elizabeth had given to William in Justine’s pocket.
- What was Frankenstein’s reaction to this accusation? He was sure the creature had committed the murder. He was torn between wanting to save Justine and not wanting to reveal his horrible secret to anyone. He considered himself the real murderer.
- What observations did the creature make about the people in the cottage? He saw that they cared for each other, that the two younger people treated the older man with great respect, and that they were often sad and hungry.
- What does the creature learn to do, and how does he learn this? He learns to speak, and then to read, by observing and listening to the cottagers. He found a portmanteau that had several books in it, and he read them. He then read the letters that were in the pocket of the coat he had taken from Victor Frankenstein.
- What was the elder De Lacey’s reaction in Frankenstein when the creature entered the cottage and began speaking with him? The elder man was blind, and therefore could not see how hideous the creature looked. He invited the creature in and agreed to listen to his story.
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