Frankenstein! Yes, one of my favorite books of 2018. I posted a huge discussion, a lot of other info on Frankenstein, during FrankenFest last year, but I’ve decided to streamline the questions and publish them on their own in a more accessible and simple post. I’d def have to say that Frankenstein is one of the most though provoking books I’ve read in a while. Can’t wait to see what you all think.
If you have not read this book yet, you might want to skip this post…it will def be spoilery!
About the Author
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in 1797 into the most celebrated intellectual and literary marriage of the day. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was among the most influential Enlightenment radicals, and wrote passionately and persuasively for the rights of women, most famously in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Her father, William Godwin, was a celebrated philosopher and writer who believed in man’s individual perfection and ability to reason. His best-known work, The Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and It’s Influence on General Virtue and Happiness, was published in 1793.
About the Book
Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Dr. Frankenstein.
#1 The narrative perspectives switch in this books. How did you like that mechanic? Do you think it effected the story to read from the monster’s perspective? What perspective did you enjoy most?
#2 After reading Paradise Lost, why does the creature compare himself to Adam? How does this cause him to evolve as a “person”?
#3 Dr. Frankenstein and the creature are both obsessed with revenge, but does either of them win? What does this story reveal about the nature of revenge?
#4 How do you think Dr. Frankenstein failed as a human? Which of his traits led to the creation of the creature and the creatures overall fate?
#5 “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” (Italo Calvino) What does Frankenstein have to say?
Did you like this discussion? Great! I can’t wait to see your responses and overall thoughts. I’m hoping to post many more discussions in the future so keep and eye on the archive if you like this kind of content. I’ve also recently published my Reading Stats from 2018 as well as my Blog Stats from 2018!
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I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.