What are five of the most important events in Frankenstein?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An important event that is pivotal to the plot is the time that the being seeks refuge in a hovel near the home of the French family, for it is through his association from his "kennel" with this loving and kind family that Frankenstein develops his mind and learns to speak.  In addition, there is an emotional maturation that takes place in the creature.  Without this exposure to the deLacey family, the soul of Frankenstein may not have been so nurtured.

But, as the creature remarks, "Oh, what a strange nature is knowledge."  For, with this spiritual and intellectual growth, the creature feels a need to share his feelings and desires.  It is this need for sharing that propels him into the house where the old blind father is alone.  A critical event happens here because, when Agatha and Felix return, the creature is met with fear, hatred, and horror--the same reactions of Victor, his creator.  So, the creature learns that he is destined to be alone.  And, it is because of this realization that he returns to Victor to demand that another creature like unto him be created. In this way, he can share his life with someone and not feel the terrible alienation that he does as the "miserble, unhappy wretch" that he is after his rejection by every human being with whom he has come into contact.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is an excellent novel that I would highly recommend. 1)Victor enters the University of Ingolstadt and becomes obsessed with solving the mysteries of life. 2)Victor thinks he has arrived at a solution, and he begins collecting body parts in order to test his theories on a creation of his own. 3)Having successfully reanimating his creature, Victor fears his own creation, and he runs away. 4)The poor creature is left alone to wander with no instruction or training in how to live. 5)Victor receives word that his brother has been murdered. 6)Victor sees the monster in the woods where his brother was murdered, and he believes the monster did it.  

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It depends on what your focus is.  In Victor's life, he is plagued by events which pull him to and from the ancient scientists and their works--his father's and his professor's rebuking him for reading "trash"--the lightning which destroyed the tree--his beloved mother's death.

We also have his mother's benevolent nature which causes her to bring home Elizabeth.  That event is paramount, not to mention that when his mother dies, she all but makes him promise to marry Elizabeth. 

If any one of these things hadn't happened, it would have been a completely different book!

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along with what is posted above I think you would have to include 1) the murder of Henry Cerval, 2) the marriage of Victor and Elizabeth 3)the death of Victor, and 4) the monster's departure to the far north to die.

marry-me-bury-me | Student

- After a time, he is released; proclaimed to be insane, and he tells the authorities to look out for a hideous creature.

- He decides to hunt down the creature himself, and is lead, with a trail left intentionally by the creature, to the arctic.

- Eventually, Victor's weakened frame can no longer withstand the chase and the breaking ice.

- He is found and rescued by a stranded ship on a voyage to the north pole, lead by captain Walton.

-He recounts his life's story to Walton, whilst advising him to be weary of his own ambitions as they could lead to disaster.

- At last, exhausted by misery, Victor dies.

-The creature boards the ship, only to find his creator dead.

-He mourns Victor's death, and Walton hears him; telling him that he has no right to mourn as he is the cause of his death.

-The monster claims that he was even more wretched than Victor ever was, and kills himself on a pyre.

The end :)

marry-me-bury-me | Student

- The creature is outraged by what Victor has done, and vows that he 'will be with him on his wedding night'

- Victor is terrified, and begins to journey back to Geneva in a row boat

- After being lost at sea for a time, he lands his boat in Ireland where he is met by hostility.

-He is accused of the murder of a young man, and his taken in for observation.

-He is told that the man died from strangulation (Just as William had been) and quivers when he realizes that the monster has killed again. When he realizes the man killed is his dear friend Henry Clerval, he convulses into another fever.

-He spends three months dying in a prison, until his father comes for him.

-When Victor is released, he and his father journey back to Geneva.

-Upon his homecoming, Victor is set to marry his beloved 'cousin', Elizabeth.

-Upon the wedding day, Victor is filled with joy for the first time in many months, but then her remembers the monsters threat to him.

-When night falls, Victor becomes paranoid, and insists that Elizabeth should retire to the bed chamber while he searches the home for the creature.

-Victor's search is interrupted by Elizabeth's screams, and returns to her only to find her dead - choked to death.

- Later, Victor returns home, to find his father dead from the shock of Elizabeth's death.

- Victor is imprisoned once again in yet another state of severe delirium.


marry-me-bury-me | Student


Here's a bunch of key events from this amazing book :

-Victor's beloved mother dies of fever

-He travels to Ingolstadt to attend University, studying the sciences -Obsessed with death

-He begins his attempt to create life from nothing

-His creature comes to life, and Victor is overcome by terror over the abomination he has created. Meanwhile, the creature escapes into society.

-Victor is struck by a nervous fever lasting many months; his friend Henry Clerval gradually nurses him back to health.

- Victor receives a letter from his father announcing his brother William's death. Victor returns to his home in Geneva to try to comfort his family.

- Justine, the family's friend is convicted of William's murder, yet Victor knows that his monster is at fault.

-Despite attempts to prove her innocence, Justine is falsely announced guilty and is executed.

-Victor, weighed down by guilt and fear, flees to the mountains for solitude. There, he finds the creature waiting for him.

- The creature tells of how he found a beautiful but poor family who unknowingly helped him to learn literacy. He secretly helped them to chop wood and gather food. He decided to reveal himself to them, but was met only with hatred from them. This caused him to resent humanity and his creator.

- The creature demands that Victor should make him a wife so he could find love in the world. Victor complies, but then later destroys his second creation in fear of her becoming an even greater monster.




epollock | Student

The major events are:

1) Walton writing letters home.

2) Victor's obsession with the natural sciences.

3) Victor's creation of the monster.

4) The fleeing of the monster.

5) The death of Victor.

There are also so many other finer plot lines.