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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chaptes IX, X
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- Why is Victor eager to get out of Geneva to the country home in Belrive? The gates of the city are closed at 10:00, so Victor can’t wander around the countryside as he desired. He feels trapped in the city and needs to get in touch with nature.
- Why does Victor choose not to commit suicide? Victor does not want to leave his loved ones exposed and unprotected to the malice of the creature.
- Why is Elizabeth afraid for Victor? Elizabeth looks into Victor’s face and sees despair and revenge. She is afraid of what action he might take.
- Where does Victor go to get away from his misery? He goes to Chamounix, where he has visited in his childhood.
- While in Chamounix, to what location is Victor drawn? The glacier on Montanvert.
- What emotion does Victor feel when he reaches the sea of ice? He feels joy, after being sorrowful for so long.
- Whom does Victor meet on the sea of ice? He meets the creature.
- Using a biblical allusion, what does the creature say ought to be the relationship between himself and Victor? The creature states that he ought to be Victor’s Adam, but instead is like a fallen angel.
- Why does the creature hate people? Since his creator (who owes him the duty of love) hates him, why should those without such duty not abhor him? So the creature hates those who hate him.
- Where does the creature take Victor to tell him his story? The creature takes Victor to a hut on the mountain.
THINK AND SEARCH
- What did Victor’s father think the real source of Victor’s sorrow was?Mr. Frankenstein thought Victor was grieving overmuch on the deaths of William and Justine, when in actuality Victor felt an oppressive guilt over creating the monster who was the true cause of the loss of his loved ones.
- How has Elizabeth’s view of the world changed? While she used to think accounts of evil happened to people at remote distances or in books, now she views people as monsters out for blood.
- Why did Victor think a trip to Chamounix would help? Victor always found solace in scenes of natural beauty, and Chamounix had been a favorite spot of his childhood, a time of innocence and goodness.
- What does the creature want from Victor? The creature wants Victor to “do his duty” by him, as his creator. If he will do so, the creature promises to leave Victor and all mankind in peace.
- Why does Victor agree to go with the creature to the hut to listen to his tale? Victor agrees partly out of curiosity and partly out of compassion. Victor feels for the first time some measure of duty to the well-being and happiness of his creation.
AUTHOR AND YOU
- How does Shelley show that Victor is beginning to become mentally unstable? Victor has thoughts of suicide, though he refrains out of feelings of duty to protect his family. He is also obsessed with feelings of guilt to the point where he cannot function on a daily basis.
- Where is the irony in Elizabeth’s statement to Victor: “…when falsehood can so look like the truth, who can assure themselves in certain happiness?” The irony lies in Victor’s appearing to be guiltless (though grieving) in the deaths of William and Justine, when actually he is the ultimate cause, which he cannot or does not reveal to anyone.
- How does Shelley engender sympathy in the reader for the creature? Shelley builds sympathy by portraying the creature as primarily a victim of Victor’s rejection. Initially he was created good, but learned evil through the society of human beings. He is simply returning what he has received.
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Using the QAR (Question-Answer-Relationship) method of questioning, readers will access all levels of thinking and critical analysis to comprehend and analyze Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein" (Chapters IX, X). Beginning with lower level factual questioning, readers will gradually move up into higher levels of thinking. Short answer, paragraph-writing, and essay-writing are used to complete these questions.