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Frankenstein: Volume II Questions


Respond to two of the questions below:


1. We are presented with Edenic imagery in the form of Paradise Lost (105). What role does this reference play in Frankenstein in particular?


2. In Chapter 7 of Volume II, the monster decides to do some serious property damage after he learns the family who he wished would accept him has fled out of fear of his deformity. Why does he assault “inanimate objects” (113)? Bill Brown, in a Sense of Things (2003), suggests that objects occupy an important role “in the history of human being.” They encapsulate desires and history; they conjure up memories of pleasure or of trauma. What do these things that he destroys represent for the monster?


3. How are we supposed to react to the monster’s murdering of a boy because he bore the name “Frankenstein” moments after he initially felt moved by the child’s beauty (117)?


4. The monster demands that Frankenstein create a female for him. Let’s unpack that. Throughout these pages Frankenstein frames the request in terms of “consent.” Why is the notion of consent foregrounded so greatly here? Also, what kind of relationship does either the monster or Frankenstein imagine this woman monster would have with him? How might this request be related to the details we receive about Frankenstein's family earlier in the novel?

5. The monster also promises that upon delivery of said woman, he will depart for the wilds of South America (120). Why South America? And how are we supposed to imagine South America differing from Europe given this request (122)?


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