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Ch 4: Frankenstein Characters & Setting

About This Chapter

The Frankenstein Characters & Setting chapter of this Frankenstein Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study major and minor characters of this story and where the action takes place. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts the characters and setting of 'Frankenstein.'

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Frankenstein character and setting material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the setting of this novel and its cast of characters. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing locations and people associated with the novel Frankenstein
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Frankenstein Characters & Setting chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Frankenstein Characters & Setting chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any English literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters and setting of Frankenstein for a standard English literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of characterization and the major characters in Frankenstein
  • Analysis of Victor Frankenstein and his role as a tragic hero in the novel
  • Traits of the monster in Frankenstein
  • Roles of Alphonse, Caroline and Ernest Frankenstein
  • Differences between Victor Frankenstein and Van Helsing
  • Significant quotes of Elizabeth Lavenza
  • The characters Justine Moritz, Robert Walton, William, and Safie
  • Details of the setting as described in Frankenstein
  • How Frankenstein Castle impacted Mary Shelley

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: Frankenstein Characters & Setting
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Characterization in Frankenstein

1. Characterization in Frankenstein

In this lesson, we will review the major characteristics of key figures in Mary Shelley's classic novel 'Frankenstein.' Learn how Shelley used similarities and differences between characters to highlight their personalities!

Main Characters in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

2. Main Characters in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

This lesson explores the main characters in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein. It also analyzes each key character and his or her role in one of the greatest horror stories of all time.

Victor Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

3. Victor Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

Victor Frankenstein, protagonist of Mary Shelley's famed novel ''Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,'' has plenty of traits that influence him to create a monster. In this lesson, learn about those traits and how they ultimately lead to Frankenstein's downfall.

Victor Frankenstein as a Tragic Hero

4. Victor Frankenstein as a Tragic Hero

This lesson explores the character of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein, and argues that he is best viewed as a tragic hero.

Who Is the Monster in Frankenstein? - Character Traits & Analysis

5. Who Is the Monster in Frankenstein? - Character Traits & Analysis

This lesson examines the character of Frankenstein's monster, centering upon the question, 'Who is Frankenstein's monster?' The lesson considers the many ways that the character of Frankenstein's monster should be understood and the positive and negative attributes that make the monster such a complex and controversial figure.

Alphonse Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

6. Alphonse Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the character of Alphonse in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Although Alphonse is a relatively minor character, we will explore the ways in which he might affect the plot.

Van Helsing vs. Victor Frankenstein: Character Traits & Differences

7. Van Helsing vs. Victor Frankenstein: Character Traits & Differences

Both Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, 'Frankenstein,' and Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, 'Dracula', present two of the most iconic horror stories of all time. This lesson compares the novel's iconic monster hunters, Victor Frankenstein and Abraham van Helsing.

Ernest Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

8. Ernest Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

In this study, we will examine the character of Ernest in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Although Ernest is a minor character in the novel, we will explore the ways in which he is crucial to the plot.

Elizabeth Lavenza in Frankenstein: Character Traits & Quotes

9. Elizabeth Lavenza in Frankenstein: Character Traits & Quotes

Though a secondary character in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,' Elizabeth Lavenza plays a vital role. As Victor Frankenstein's doomed fiancee, Elizabeth both exemplifies and interrogates late 18th century models of angelic femininity.

Justine Moritz in Frankenstein

10. Justine Moritz in Frankenstein

This lesson examines the character of Justine Moritz in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'. Though a minor character, Justine plays a pivotal role in advancing the plot while exemplifying key themes of the Romantic movement.

Safie in Frankenstein

11. Safie in Frankenstein

Though a minor character in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece ''Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,'' the Turkish exile Safie plays an important role. She reflects the stark contrast between the acceptance she is shown by the De Lacey family and the monster's rejection by them.

Robert Walton in Frankenstein

12. Robert Walton in Frankenstein

This lesson explores the character of Robert Walton in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein.' Walton serves as an important foil for Victor Frankenstein, helping Shelley to explore themes of ambition.

Caroline Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

13. Caroline Frankenstein Character Traits & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn about Caroline Frankenstein. Even though she was only briefly in the novel, she had a lasting effect, and was a significant character.

William in Frankenstein

14. William in Frankenstein

In this lesson, we will examine the character of William in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We will explore William's importance to the narrative and speculate on his role as a child in Romantic literature.

Setting in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

15. Setting in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This lesson explores the use of setting in Mary Shelley's 1818 classic, 'Frankenstein'. Shelley strategically uses setting to explore the conflict between science and nature and to show that where we are in the world shapes who we are.

Frankenstein Castle in Germany & Its Influence on Mary Shelley

16. Frankenstein Castle in Germany & Its Influence on Mary Shelley

One particular German castle has inspired legends of supernatural horrors since the 17th century. It may have even influenced Mary Shelley to write the classic Frankenstein.

Frankenstein Character List & Flashcards

Frankenstein Character List & Flashcards

Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein'' is one of the first novels to expertly mix elements of horror with everyday scenarios. These flashcards explain, in-depth, each character in ''Frankenstein'' while defining types of characters used to develop the novel.

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