Frankenstein Study Guide

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is presented as a frame tale, told by Captain Walton while on an expedition to the North Pole, where he finds Frankenstein. Frankenstein is a scientist who created a monstrous human-like Creature. The Creature tried to explain his murders to Frankenstein, claiming that people rejected and feared him, begging Frankenstein to make him a mate. Frankenstein first agrees then destroys the mate. The enraged Creature kills Frankenstein's wife, fleeing to the North Pole. After Frankenstein dies, Walton sees the Creature mourning as he floats away on a raft.

The preface was written in 1817 by Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley's husband for the first edition of Frankenstein . From the standpoint of the author of Frankenstein , Mr. Shelley begins by informing the reader that while the novel is a work of fiction, it is not entirely a supernatural fantasy. The main event of the story is not completely impossible, according to Dr. Darwin and certain other German writers. The book therefore enjoys a small amount of credibility that works of pure fantasy do not. Shelley assures the reader that scientific facts have not been altered or falsely expanded upon.

Mr. Shelley explains that the idea for Frankenstein arose from a casual conversation and the story grew as a source of amusement and an exercise for the author's mind. The convictions and thoughts of the characters are not to be interpreted as the author's own philosophies.

The story begins, Mr. Shelley adds, in the same area where the author wrote it, in Geneva, Switzerland during a cold and rainy season. The author was among friends (whom she admires, or whom Percy believed Mary Shelley ought to have admired) and on chilly nights they would sit by a fire and tell ghost stories. The one story that was further developed and completed was Frankenstein .

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