Frankenstein: Context – Quick Questions

Here are some quick questions to help you draw links between Frankenstein and its context. As with Blade Runner, Frankenstein reflects a variety of concerns and styles.

General

  1. In what time was Frankenstein composed? Answer.

Romanticism

Definition:

  1. What is Romanticism?. Answer.
  2. What is it a reaction against?

Characterised by:

  1. How did it view emotions and the imagination?
  2. How did it view nature?
  3. How did it view religion?
  4. How did it view individualism? Answer.

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. What Romantic views are seen in Frankenstein?
  2. How does Victor reflect the Romantic hero?

Industrial Revolution

Definition:

  1. When was the Industrial Revolution? Answer.
  2. What did past industry and economy rely upon?
  3. How did this change during the Industrial Revolution?
  4. How does this relate to capitalism?

Socio-economic and cultural effects:

  1. Many factories and mills were created.
  2. How was employment affected?
  3. What happened to the middle class?
  4. What happened to the working class?

Relation to Romanticism:

  1. How do the Industrial Revolution and Romanticism relate to each other?

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. How does Frankenstein criticise the Industrial Revolution?

Age of Enlightenment

Definition:

  1. When was the Age of Enlightenment? Answer.
  2. What is the Age of Enlightenment?
  3. How did it view reason and rationalism?
  4. How did it view the supernatural and religious?

Relation to Romanticism:

  1. How do the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism relate to each other?

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. How does Frankenstein criticise the Age of Enlightenment?

Gothic Fiction

Definition:

  1. What is gothic fiction? Answer.

Characterised by:

  1. What themes, themes, setting and objects typify gothic fiction?
  2. What kind of atmosphere typifies gothic fiction?

Relation to Age of Enlightenment:

  1. How do the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism relate to each other?

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. What elements of gothic fiction are used in Frankenstein?

Prometheus Myth

Definition:

  1. What happens in the Prometheus myth? Answer.

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. There are parallels between Frankenstein and the Prometheus myth. Read here.
  2. Who does Victor parallel in the Prometheus myth?
  3. What other parallels can be drawn?

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Definition:

  1. What is Paradise Lost? Answer.
  2. Who are the main characters in Paradise Lost? Answer.

Links to Frankenstein:

  1. What references to Paradise Lost are in Frankenstein? Answer.
  2. Who does the monster parallel himself to in Paradise Lost? Also here.
  3. Who does Victor parallel to in Paradise Lost? Also here.

7 comments for “Frankenstein: Context – Quick Questions

  1. Michelle
    July 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hi, i was wondering if the discussion of societies’ attitude towards women in varying contexts is a valid thing to talk about

    • tutortales
      July 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      As an idea or a contextual link?

      TT

      • Michelle
        July 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

        as an idea

        • tutortales
          July 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

          I don’t think that’s a large enough issue in Frankenstein to talk about as an idea. Ideas would be things like the role of creator and creation, nature and humanity etc. You could then link those ideas to context (society’s attitude towards women).

          TT

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  3. Jonofresh
    July 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Frankenstein is my favourite of all the steins, I love him so much
    <3

  4. Lyndon
    February 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Our teacher stole this for class work

    #Diabetus

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