Frankenstein

Published in 1818, Frankenstein, the full title of which is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel with Gothic elements and Romantic ideals written by Mary Shelley. It warns against the unchecked pursuit of scientific knowledge. The story describes how Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, creates a powerful man-like being whose horrific appearance makes him a lonely outcast. When Frankenstein will not create a mate for the being, his creation decides to take revenge. In the book, the creature built by Frankenstein is never given a name.

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Why did Frankenstein want Justine to die?

because he greated monesterBy Frankenstein do you mean Victor Frankenstein the creatorof the monster or Frankenstein as in the Monster? Sometimes people get the two confused. Well if you meant the Monster, then he wanted Justine to die to make Victor (his creator) suffer from guilt. The Monster hated Victor for creating him so flawed, abandoning him, and refusing to make another monster to keep him company. Thus the Monster set out to punish/threaten Victor by way of murdering and ruining Victors loved ones. However if you mean why did Victor Frankenstein want Justine to die, my only answer is he didn't. Victor didn't want Justine to die. In fact he felt quite guilty about it because the monster framed her because of him, he couldn't save her without incriminating himself, not to mention it was unlikely anyone would believe him.
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How many pages is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley?

Depending on the edition of your copy of the book it may range between 200 - 325 pages, as some copies contain prefaces by other authors, analysing the text.

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How many copies of Frankenstein have been sold?

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What feminist themes are in Frankenstein?

I have thought long and hard and I cannot identify any feminist themes in Frankenstein -- which is surprising considering the author.

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What type of monster is Frankenstein?

The closest analogy would be the Jewish myth of the Golem, in the monster's creation and the moral of the story being of the consequences to ones hubris and playing God, but made of flesh rather than clay. So the Dungeons and Dragons term of Flesh Golem seems to make the most sense.

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Who is the antagonist in Frankenstein?

Since it is safe to assume the protagonist is Victor Frankenstein, we can also assume that his foil, the monster, is the antagonist.

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Who is Frankensteins creator?

  • The monster was created by Victor Frankenstein
  • Dr. Frankenstein was created by Herr and Fraulein Frankenstein (ask your parents exactly how)
  • The novel was written by Mary Shelley.
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Mary Shelley

Where did Mary Shelley get the idea to write Frankenstein?

She was on holiday with a professor and her husband, when the said that they would have a ghost story competition. After many days and weeks of having no ideas, she finally got her inspiration. In a waking dream, she saw a student kneeling over the corpse of a half-alive creation, and starts in horror when the corpse is animated and comes to life.

Additionally it is said that when she awoke in the middle of the night, her room was bathed in moonlight, and so that became a major part of the allusion to the moon (and lunacy, which derives its name from 'moon') from that night as well. Later, scientist calculated whether or not the moon would have actually been shining into her room that night, and concluded that it would have been; thus further confirming the legend of the inspiration for Frankenstein.

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How is Frankenstein not the monster?

In Mary Shelley's book "Frankenstein", Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the monster, as opposed to the movie monster pop-culture has named "Frankenstein".

However it can be argued that in a way the monster is just a figment of Victor Frankenstein's imagination, and does not actually exist. In this way it can be said that the monster is a part of Frankenstein, however not in the way that most would imagine.

However, in opposition to this theory, the monster interacts with several other characters in the story (however almost always killing them...), and at the end of the book is seen by, and even speaks to Robert Walton.

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Why is victor Frankenstein creature 8 foot tall?

Victor Frankenstein created his creature to be 8 feet tall because Mary Shelley simply decided to describe the creature/monster to be this way. Other reasons would be that the creature is possibly made of many other bodies.

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Mary Shelley

Why did Mary Shelley publish Frankenstein anonymously?

Mary Shelly published her first copy of Frankenstein anonymously because in those days no one would buy a book written by a female author (as society for the most part was fairly sexist). She had to publish anonymously if she wanted anybody to read her book.

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Why is Robert Walton writing the letters to his sister in Frankenstein?

He is lonely and is very close with his sister. Walton's story is very similar to that of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in that it is likely that he has also had some kind of falling out with his crew. The letters are also Mary Shelley's way of opening and closing the story in a way that makes sense.

It is theorized that Robert Walton was also beginning to find himself driven a little bit mad, and thus his perspective of the story is possibly a little bit warped. Writing to his sister was likely a way to prevent his psyche from degenerating any more quickly.

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Was Victor Frankenstein guilty of the murder of Justine and William and what historical event proves that?

Victor created the monster that murdered William, and Justine was executed because she was blamed for Williams murder.

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What provided the author with her inspiration for Frankenstein?

She, her husband and some friends were on vacation and the weather turned bad so they were stuck inside. While trying to think of something to do to pass the time someone came up with a competition that each of them should attempt to write the scariest story they could imagine and present it for the others to read. Ms. Shelley wrote Frankenstein that weekend.

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What are Frankenstein abilities?

A brilliant medical student and enthusiastic research scientist to the point of obsession and beyond.

The creature was made to be the best of humanity and in this Dr. Frankenstein succeeded in all except beauty. The creature was strong, fast, intelligent, capable of considerable effort on meager food, and immune to cold.

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What verdict was rendered in Justine's trial in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

Ultimately Justine is the ultimate martyr, in that she suffers the consequences for something that she had absolutely no involvement in. In the end she was believed to be guilty, and sentenced to hang.

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What are scientific aspects in Frankenstein?

Scientific aspects in Frankenstein:

1] generative anthropology

2] fear of a scientific revolution

3] related fields of medicine, anatomy and natural philosophy

4] mental health and its effect on the working self

5] the scientific revolution's effect on Europe and its fueling of the industrial revolution

6] combining ancient and new sciences

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Anagrams and Word Scrambles

What is an anagram for Frankenstein?

Freakiest N-N-N

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Why does the monster kill William in the book Frankenstein?

When the rest of the family was taking a walk, William ran off by himself. Seeing the beautiful child, the creature thought he could take him and educate William as his companion. Instead, William insults the creature, calling him hideous. He says that his father is M. Frankenstein, and his father will definitely punish the creature. Hearing the name Frankenstein, the creature has a fit of rage and tries to silence William, but he is too strong and accidentally strangles him.

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein how does the creature respond to fire?

In the book, the creature saw that fire was warm, and so he thrust his hand into the flames, which of course burned him. Ultimately, the creature was confused by it because he understood how to preserve it but not how to make it.

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How much time has elapsed since Creation?

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  • There is no way of knowing how long ago the Creation depicted in the Book of Genesis might have occurred. It is a poetic, rather than a scientific account, and in any case it is important to remember that the Bible makes no claim about the age of the Earth. The theoretical figure of some 6,000 years is modern pseudoscience, and was arrived at by counting the number of generations listed in the Bible from Adam to Jesus and assigning an arbitrary average length to them. The theory also assumes, without any proof, that the "day" of Creation was the same length as it is now.
  • If we go by what the Bible says, then the time from creation to today is approximately 6 thousand years. This is calculated by using historical markers from known historical events mentioned in the Bible and then doing calculations based on other known dates mentioned in relation to those markers. It has nothing whatsoever to do with an 'arbitrary generational age', since this would only give an approximate and not exact age. In relation to Bible chronology relating to the age of the earth a number of people have done calculations, including of all people, Sir Isaac Newton. Most come with dates close to the most highly regarded date of Bishop James Usher who arrived at 4004 BC for the date of creation. This is assuming no 'gaps' in the record, which, if they existed would only stretch the record a few thousand years at best. Most would understand that the Bible, while not claiming to be a textbook of science does indeed claim reliability in the history it records. The Bible record of history has also been repeatedly verified by external facts such as archaeology.
  • In relation to the literature of the Bible, some occasionally claim that the Bible creation accounts are poetic. This is not correct as they are written in prose form. The Hebrew poetic form being quite different as in Psalms, Proverbs and Job. These accounts are thus intended to be taken as a historical record and the days, in the context, are intended to be normal 24 hour days. Following on from this it is also clear that the days are normal 24 hour days as we have today as the relevant Hebrew word 'yom' (day) is qualified by the words 'evening and morning' which can mean only one thing.
  • The consensus of professional scientific organizations worldwide is that no scientific evidence contradicts the age of approximately 4.5 billion years.
  • If the question deals with the creation of "everything" we see, the universe as a whole, the answer is about 13.7 billion years. The earth has been around for 4.5 to 4.6 billion years.
  • All of the above answers regarding billions of years pre-supposes that the rate of the elapse of time has remained constant but there is scientific evidence that it hasn't.
  • Some believe Genesis was meant as Hebrew Poetry, not an historical account, and that each "day" of creation was actually thousands, if not millions, of years.
  • The Earth is 6,450 years old. Look in Luke and in the old Testament. There is this thing called the Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:21. In the old testament is tells when people had their children. The genealogy tells from the creation of Adam to the birth of Jesus do the math, add 2 thousand years and you have 6,450 years. Also there is no record of anything before that time.
  • Jewish Answer - As of January 16, 2010 the world would be 5770 yrs and 4 months old base on the dates and ages given in the Torah (Old Testament).
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Why did the creature find the DeLacey cottage abandoned on his return in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

The DeLaceys fled out of fear of the monster.

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How did Victor happen to be brought up with Elizabeth?

Elizabeth was brought to Victors family to live with them as a child. They took her in as a foster child more-less

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Why does victor Frankenstein decide to tell Robert Walton his life story?

Because someone had to finish the task of killing the monster because Frankenstein was about to die and wanted revenge on the monster.

Of course, this is rendered null when the monster realises what he has become and ultimately takes the task into his own hands.

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Does Victor Frankenstein and Elizabeth Lavenza get married?

Victor decides to marry Elizabeth once he returned to Geneva. They arrive in Villa Lavenza to wed but Elizabeth is murdered by the monster before it could occur.

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