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When and where does the novel Frankenstein take place?

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Posted October 17, 2008 at 5:23 AM via web

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When and where does the novel Frankenstein take place?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 17, 2008 at 5:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The novel Frankenstein is a frame story with three narrators and many settings. The novel begins in the St Petersburg, Russia when the first narrator, Robert Walton, is beginning his trip to the North Pole. It then movea to the North Pole and Victor Frankenstein appears.One could consider the North Pole as the single setting but that would be misleading. As Victor begins to narrate the story, he begins in Geneva, Switzerland,his family home and then moves to Ingolstadt,Germany, where Victor goes to study and make his monster. When the monster begins narrating the story, the setting moves back to the mountains around Ingolstadt, then to Switzerland. France, England, Scotland and then across the Alps to Russia and back to the North Pole. The novel takes place in the late 1700's.

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