Ch 2: Frankenstein Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

The Frankenstein Literary Analysis chapter of this Frankenstein Study Guide course is the most efficient way to analyze the literary aspects of this novel. 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 associated with a literary analysis of 'Frankenstein.'

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering literary analysis of Frankenstein will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the various literary aspects of this novel. 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 the literary elements in 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 Literary Analysis 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 Literary Analysis chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

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

  • Critical analysis of Frankenstein
  • Mary Shelley's use of themes throughout her novel, including that of revenge
  • Presence of Romanticism in the story
  • Role nature plays in Frankenstein
  • How feminism and women are conveyed throughout this novel
  • Examples of irony, conflict, and various motifs
  • Study of the theory of nature vs. nurture in Frankenstein
  • How Frankenstein conveys the concepts of loneliness, sublime nature, and knowledge
  • Use of symbolism and a study of the symbols found throughout Frankenstein
  • Role galvanism plays in the novel
  • Gothic elements conveyed in Frankenstein

20 Lessons in Chapter 2: Frankenstein Literary Analysis
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Frankenstein Critical Analysis & Literary Criticism

1. Frankenstein Critical Analysis & Literary Criticism

A closer look at Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' can give us insight into the author and her anxieties over children, into the problems and conditions of her time, and offers a warning about hubris.

Themes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

2. Themes in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This lesson explores the most important themes in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It discusses how this classic work examines universal themes, including love, wisdom, and revenge.

Theme of Revenge in Frankenstein

3. Theme of Revenge in Frankenstein

This lesson will explore the theme of revenge in Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein''. We will look at revenge in earlier Gothic novels and will conclude by examining how Shelley makes her two main characters seek revenge on one another.

Romanticism in Frankenstein

4. Romanticism in Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein,' is a classic Romantic-era novel. Learn about a few of the most prominent features of the Romantic movement and see how Shelley used these features to construct her classic horror tale.

Feminism & Women in Frankenstein

5. Feminism & Women in Frankenstein

Women play complex and often contradictory roles in Mary Shelley's iconic 1818 novel, ''Frankenstein.'' In this video, we'll explore some of Shelley's ideas about feminism and the role of women, as portrayed in the novel.

Nature in Frankenstein

6. Nature in Frankenstein

This lesson explores nature themes in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein.' The lesson argues that, as an example of the Romantic movement, the novel emphasizes the power, beauty, and terror of nature.

Irony in Frankenstein

7. Irony in Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's 1818 'Frankenstein' is far more than one of the greatest sci-fi horror stories of all time. In her novel, Shelley masterfully uses irony to show how easily ambitions can be frustrated and how quickly even best laid plans turn to rubble.

Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein

8. Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein

The question of nature versus nurture lies at the heart of Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein'. Shelley's iconic story of Frankenstein's monstrous creation asks whether we are born or made to be who we are.

Loneliness in Frankenstein

9. Loneliness in Frankenstein

In this lesson, we will explore the theme of loneliness in Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein.'' The theme of loneliness in the novel is expressed not only through the actions and emotions of the characters, but also reflects and foreshadows the loneliness in Shelley's own life.

Symbols & Symbolism in Frankenstein

10. Symbols & Symbolism in Frankenstein

Symbols appear in literature all across the world, and Mary Shelley's famed 'Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus' is no exception, including many symbols in its pages. In this lesson, learn about these symbols and their importance.

Galvanism in Frankenstein

11. Galvanism in Frankenstein

When writing 'Frankenstein,' Mary Shelley was influenced by popular scientific theories of her time, including galvanism. Her own upbringing in a liberally educated household exposed her to not only the idea of galvanism but also predominant theorists in electrical sciences.

Sublime Nature in Frankenstein

12. Sublime Nature in Frankenstein

In this lesson, we will examine Mary Shelley's use of the sublime in ''Frankenstein''. We will begin with a short history of the sublime, and then we will explore the theme in the novel's settings and its characters.

Religion in Frankenstein

13. Religion in Frankenstein

Religion is an underlying theme in Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein''. In this lesson, we'll examine this theme more closely with respect to both the protagonist and the creature and take a look at some biographical information from Shelley's life that could have influenced her.

Alienation in Frankenstein

14. Alienation in Frankenstein

This lesson explores themes of alienation in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein. The lesson argues that alienation is a powerful driving force for the novel's major characters.

Knowledge in Frankenstein

15. Knowledge in Frankenstein

This lesson examines the theme of knowledge in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, ''Frankenstein''. The lesson argues that at the heart of Shelley's tragic story is the conflict between knowledge and wisdom.

Conflict in Frankenstein

16. Conflict in Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, 'Frankenstein,' is far more than a sci-fi horror masterpiece. Victor Frankenstein and his monster are tortured by conflicting loyalties and contradictory ambitions, their inner lives as messy and complicated as the world they make.

Motifs in Frankenstein

17. Motifs in Frankenstein

This lesson will cover beauty, knowledge, and familial relationships as motifs from the novel, ''Frankenstein'', by Mary Shelley. The lesson will also analyze how those motifs develop some of the themes of the novel.

Gothic Elements in Frankenstein

18. Gothic Elements in Frankenstein

This lesson explores the use of Gothic elements in Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein.' Though Gothic literature was a popular genre at this time, Shelley's ingenious use of these elements is what makes her novel a timeless classic.

Frankenstein Vocabulary

19. Frankenstein Vocabulary

Explore the vocabulary in 'Frankenstein' that Mary Shelley employed to describe the desires and emotions of her characters. Learn words like 'indefatigable' and 'venerable' so that you can replace overused words like 'awesome' and 'interesting.' Learn some background information about this literary classic, which continues to be relevant even in the 21st century.

Frankenstein Vocabulary List & Flashcards

Frankenstein Vocabulary List & Flashcards

This set of flashcards reviews some of the more challenging language in Mary Shelley's gothic novel, 'Frankenstein'. Use these cards to learn new vocabulary to better understand this important piece of literature.

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