Frankenstein Questions and Answers
by Mary Shelley

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Write a reading journal and complete short responses commenting on characters, plot, conflicts, symbols, and recurring themes in Frankenstein.   

Some questions to consider when keeping a reading journal on Frakenstein are the moral and ethical issues dealt with in the novel. Should Victor have ever created the creature, and is he responsible for its actions? Should the creature have any rights in society? Can the creature ever be considered "human"? These are some examples of pressing questions raised by the novel you could discuss in your journal.

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When completing a reading journal on Shelley’s Frankenstein, one might consider a number of moral and ethical issues. First, evaluate Victor’s reasons for creating the monster. Did he do so for selfish reasons or for a good reason, such as advancing science or aiding society? Consider his thoughts when he is in school and first dreams up the idea of creating life. What information does he study, and who influences his ideas? Think about whether Victor makes an informed choice based on morality or jumps rashly into his actions.

Next, it is important to consider what obligations, if any, Victor has to take care of the monster since he is its creator. Can society blame him for the creature’s actions? If so, to what extent? Is it possible that Victor should be brought to trial to answer for the monster’s heinous murders?

Also, readers must decide whether the creature has any rights in the society. To do so, it is important to think about whether the creature should be considered human. An important conflict to ponder is whether people are right or wrong to ostracize the creature and call a living being an “it”?

Additionally, when the book was first published, readers had to suspend their disbelief to accept the plot. Is that still true today? Could such events happen in today’s society, and if so, would the story be the same? Consider today’s morals and ethics in light of the book’s events.

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