Frankenstein Characters

Frankenstein key characters:

  • In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, creates life but fails to care for his creation and suffers the consequences.

  • Frankenstein’s creature, an eight-foot-tall man made from pieces of cadavers, seeks love and friendship, but after being rejected murders Victor’s friends and family.

  • Robert Walton, an Arctic explorer, meets and sympathizes with both Victor and the creature; their story convinces him to return home.

  • Elizabeth Lavenza is raised in Victor’s family and ultimately marries him; she is killed by the creature on their wedding night.

  • Henry Clerval, Victor’s friend and confidant, helps Victor recover from his illness and provides emotional support. He is killed by the creature.


Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein, a native of Geneva who early evinces a talent in natural science. Having concluded his training at the university at Ingolstadt, he works until he discovers the secret of creating life. He makes a monster from human and animal organs found in dissecting rooms and butcher shops. The monster brings only anguish and death to Victor and his friends and relatives. Having told his story, he dies before his search for the monster is complete.

The Monster

The Monster, an eight-foot-tall synthetic man endowed by its creator with human sensibilities. Rebuffed by man, it turns its hate against him. Its program of revenge accounts for the lives of Frankenstein’s bride, his brother, his good friend, and a family servant. Just after Victor dies, the monster appears and tells the explorer that Frankenstein’s was the great crime, for he had created a man devoid of friend, love, or soul.

Robert Walton

Robert Walton, an English explorer who, on his ship frozen in a northland sea of ice, hears the dying Frankenstein’s story and also listens to the monster’s account of, and reason for, its actions.

Elizabeth Lavenza

Elizabeth Lavenza, Victor’s foster sister and later his bride, who is strangled by the monster on her wedding night.

William Frankenstein

William Frankenstein, Victor’s brother, who is killed by the monster while seeking revenge on its creator.

Henry Clerval

Henry Clerval, Victor’s friend and a man of science who is killed by the monster to torment Frankenstein.

Justine Moritz

Justine Moritz, a family servant tried and condemned for William’s murder.