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Frankenstein: Overview

Archived Guide: VCE English Units 3&4

Source: Black, S. (2019). Frankenstein [Digital montage].

Level 1 resource"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

Level 1Keywords
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Abhorrence, Alchemist, Benevolence, Charnel house, Dogmatism, Frankenstein, Physiognomy

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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

Frankenstein | Study Guides

Frankenstein | Easy reads

Level 1 resource

Frankenstein | Audio books

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Frankenstein | Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes.

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