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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters XXIII, XXIV
IN YOUR HEAD
- Who was the creature’s next victim? The creature murdered Elizabeth on her wedding night.
- Why does Victor decide to return immediately to Geneva? Victor returns to Geneva to make sure Ernest and his father are safe.
- What happened to Victor after his father’s death? Victor went temporarily insane and was confined in a dungeon for many months.
- Who is the person Victor told the entire story of the creature to, and why? Victor told his account to the local magistrate in order to procure his aid in capturing the creature.
- Why does the magistrate finally decide not to answer Victor’s request? The magistrate decides not to follow the creature because it is evident to him that Victor is delirious.
- What place does Victor visit before leaving Geneva forever? Victor visits the graveyard where his father, William, and Elizabeth are buried.
- How does the creature entice Victor to keep following him? The creature leaves messages along the way for Victor, mocking him and bedeviling him.
- How was Victor separated from creature on the Frozen Sea? When Victor was close to overtaking the creature, the ice broke and Victor was adrift on a floating iceberg.
- What is Walton’s decision regarding his crew’s request to return home? Walton reluctantly agrees to give up his quest and sail back to civilization once they are free of the ice.
- What is the creature’s reaction to Victor’s death? The creature gives himself up to grief and remorse.
THINK AND SEARCH
- What does Victor realize (too late) was the creature’s meaning, “I will be with you on your wedding night”? Victor discovers it was the creature’s plan to kill Elizabeth, not him.
- What was the reaction of Victor’s father when told of Elizabeth’s murder? Mr. Frankenstein had at last taken all the tragedy he could bear. He collapsed and died a few days later.
- What was the magistrate’s reaction Victor’s story? At first, the magistrate was incredulous. However, when Victor appealed to his duty as a public official, the magistrate says would gladly do it, but fears the creature is beyond his power and is most likely far away by this time. Finally, he decides that he is dealing with a madman.
- Where did Victor track the creature? Victor followed the creature around the Mediterranean, up through Russia, to the Arctic Circle.
- What is Victor’s reaction to the sailors who as Walton to take them home as soon as they get free of the ice? Victor calls them cowards for giving up so easily. They have the chance to be the benefactors of their species, but give up easily in the face of difficulties.
IN YOUR HEAD
- In what way does Shelley deepen the level of revenge of the creature, rather than having him murder Victor as well? The creature wants Victor to live so that he will experience the torture of being alone, with no one to love. To kill Victor would give him peace from pain, which the creature wants him to experience as long as possible.
- Shelley uses scenes of ice in several key moments of the story. What could the ice symbolize? The ice could symbolize lack of warmth, metaphorically representing the coldness of Victor’s heart toward his creation. Also, the ice could symbolize the coldness of the grave. Death takes us all in the end and Victor, in trying to escape the power of death, is constantly being drawn back to it.
- In what way does Shelley bestow humanity on the creature at the end?When the creature discovers Victor’s death, he dissolves into grief over the loss of his creator, whom he calls a “generous and self-devoted being.” While he cannot deny the hate and injustice of the humans he has encountered, he confesses these same flaws in himself. He is human because he shares the human evil, and he calls it by its name.
ON YOUR OWN
- What is the difference between revenge and justice? When do we as individuals have the right to dispense justice, if at all? When confronted by evil, what is our most appropriate recourse? Discuss this topic, using general examples and personal experience. Student responses will vary.
About this Document
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 XXIII, XXIV). 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.