In regards to the book Frankenstein, I need to write a paper on it and am in need of help with a thesis and a good idea.  Here are the Topics: As its creator, what is Victor's responsibility...

In regards to the book Frankenstein, I need to write a paper on it and am in need of help with a thesis and a good idea.


Here are the Topics:

  • As its creator, what is Victor's responsibility toward The Monster?
  • Who is the real monster?  Victor?  Or The Monster?
  • What is Mary Shelley trying to tell us about society in Frankenstein?


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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Take advantage of your membership here at enotes and search through the Question and Answer Group of Frankenstein, for there are several questions on the very same topics (all three!) that you have mentioned with thorough answers by our editors.  Without doubt, you will find some excellent responses that will trigger ideas for you. (Be sure to credit enotes for the passages that you use so that you will not be charged with plagiarism, of course).

In preparing your literary analysis, also, you will want to read the summary, critical overview, character analyis, etc. that are also here on this site as they will, again, provide you with pertinent information and ignite your own thinking.  When writing your paper, remember to keep to one topic, focusing on detailed support for it.  For instance, if you choose the second topic of who is the real monster, then you may wish to find passages that demonstrate the humanity and altruism of the creature as well as passages that illustrate the selfishness and egotism of Victor Frankenstein.  A perusal of the chapters in which the creature lives in the forest and hides behind the DeLacey cottage will supply you with illustrations of the creature's altruism and true love for the family, while a review of the passages in which Victor does not confess to his creation after the death of William, his brother and his adamant insistence upon marrying Elizabeth even though the creature has threatened, "I will be with you on your wedding night" certainly demonstrate Victor's nature.  Of course, the conclusion of the novel is very telling about both Victor and the creature.

After you have reviewed the Questions and Answers as well as the Discussion Questions and Study Guides on Frankenstein, you should be ready to arrive at a thesis and outline your paper--a task that you must do yourself as enotes editors do not write for students. 

Best wishes.

susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The topics that you have been assigned are very good ones, and the answer to each of these questions is your thesis statement.  For instance, if you think Victor is the true monster of the novel, then that is a claim that you will need to support with evidence from the text.  Your outline will be based on the reasons for your belief.  Your sub-points will be the support from the text that relates to your claims.  You can do the same with each of these topics.  Answer the one you feel most strongly about.  If you think, for instance, that Victor, as the monster's creator, should  have fulfilled the role of a parent, then you should go to the text to find how Victor's abandonment of his creation caused havoc.  Think of reasons why Victor should be responsible for the monster, and why his abdication of such a responsibility was disastrous.  You can argue the other side as well.  Discuss the monster's role in his own failings.

In each case, you have been asked to form an argument.  This argument consists of your assertion, your claim, or thesis statement--which is your opinion that you will put forth.  Your task is to show that your answer to the question is a viable one, one that shows your understanding of the themes and characters in the story.  You are a lawyer proving your case.

Good luck with this assignment.

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