Allusions in Frankenstein


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How is Victor Frankenstein similar to Prometheus?

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1. Why does Victor Frankenstein allude to Dante when he first views his animated creature?

2. Who does Victor Frankenstein identify with in the poem Paradise Lost?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mary Shelley makes a number of classical and mythological allusions in Frankenstein. This quiz and worksheet will ask you to identify several of these, connect them to some of the characters, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on:

  • Victor's reference to Dante when he first sees the creature
  • Which allusion is found in the book's title
  • Why Victor is connected to a certain Titan
  • Who Victor believes he resembles in Milton's Paradise Lost

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the creature's fate to explain how he differs from Adam in Milton's Paradise Lost
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the allusion Mary Shelley includes in the book's title
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how Victor resembles a figure from Greek mythology

Additional Learning

If you would like to find out more, study the lesson titled Allusions in Frankenstein. The lesson presents the objectives listed:

  • Define 'allusion' and explain its use by Mary Shelley
  • Explain how and why Zeus punished the Titan mentioned in the book's title
  • Discuss the reference to The Divine Comedy by Dante
  • Identify the two characters from Paradise Lost that the creature feels he resembles