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Source: Black, S. (2019). Frankenstein [Digital montage].
"Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus (1818), is a combination of Gothic horror story and science fiction. The book tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who creates an artificial man from pieces of corpses and brings his creature to life." (Britannica, n.d.)
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Frankenstein | Keywords
'Frankenstein' Vocabulary (ThoughtCo, Jan. 2, 2019)
"Discover the vocabulary of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's classic Gothic horror novel. Through word choice and descriptive language, Shelley creates a world of dark experiments, deformity, and savagely beautiful landscapes. Learn more about some of the most important vocabulary terms in Frankenstein." (Pearson, Jan. 2, 2019)
Frankenstein | Fast facts
- "Author: Mary Shelley
- Publisher: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones
- Year Published: 1818
- Genre: Gothic, horror, science fiction
- Type of Work: Novel
- Original Language: English
- Themes: Pursuit of knowledge, importance of family, nature and the sublime
- Characters: Victor Frankenstein, the creature, Elizabeth Lavenza, Henry Clerval, Captain Robert Walton, the De Lacey Family
- Notable Adaptions: Frankenstein (1931 Universal Studios film), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994 film directed by Kenneth Branagh)
- Fun Fact: Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein because of a horror story competition between herself and the poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley (her husband)."
Source: Pearson, Julia. (2019, January 3). 'Frankenstein' Overview. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/frankenstein-overview-4582525
Frankenstein | Study Guides
Frankenstein | Easy reads
Publication Date: 2010
In Mary Shelley's classic tale of horror, Victor Frankenstein creates life--and a monster beyond his control. In trying to bring human life into being, Frankenstein lets loose a monster that will stop at nothing to destroy all that Frankenstein holds dear. Follow the powerful story of love, friendship, and fiends in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Shelley's Frankenstein. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.
Publication Date: 2007
Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreamt of achieving great things through science - even create life. But it all went horribly wrong and he turned away from the monster he had created. Now his creation is filled with hatred and roaming the countryside. The horrific tale is captured in this striking graphic novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's frightening novel. A creator biography and glossary help reluctant readers take the first step on the road to classic literature.
Frankenstein Graphic Novel by
Publication Date: 2010
These literary masterpieces are made easy and interesting. This series features classic tales retold with color illustrations to introduce literature to struggling readers. Each 64-page eBook retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics. When Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist, tries to create life in his laboratory, the result is an ugly monster. Instantly feared by all who see him, the hated monster is driven into the countryside. Never given a chance at friendship or human companionship, the monster plots a terrible revenge!
Frankenstein | Audio books
Frankenstein [OD audio book] by
Publication Date: 2012
Mary Shelley's poignant exploration of the true depths of ambition and humanity has had a profound effect on readers since its conception in 1816. When scientist Victor Frankenstein forms a creature from the body parts of corpses, thus shattering the perceived limits of scientific understanding, the consequences are devastating on both a personal and a wider level. Our natural sympathies are challenged as Frankenstein becomes disgusted with his creation, who, in turn, begins to suffer from an acute sense of loneliness. When his desire for a companion is thwarted, he vows to take revenge upon Frankenstein. What ensues is singularly chilling in this gothic classic, which has spawned numerous film and theatre interpretations.
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus [OD audio book] by
Publication Date: 2005
A masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothic horror, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction. A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity's most "civilized" ambitions, this haunting thriller maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.
Frankenstein | Curriculum alignment
This Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes.