Frankenstein Discussion Questions

Instructor: Alicia Taylor

Alicia has taught students of all ages and has a master's degree in Education

There is a lot to discuss in Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein''. Here are some sample discussion questions dealing with major themes in the most important chapters of the book.

Questions about Robert Walton's Letters

  • Robert Walton traded his dream of becoming a great poet for the dream of becoming a great explorer. He writes: ''My life might have passed in ease and luxury, but I preferred glory to every enticement that wealth placed in my path'' (Frankenstein, Letter 1). How are Robert Walton's interests in poetry and exploration similar? How are they different?
  • Why does Victor decide to tell Robert Walton his story? What does he hope telling the tale will accomplish? Why is he telling it to Robert instead of anyone else?

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