Frankenstein — A Study Guide

10 November 2013



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What dream led to the writing of Frankenstein?

Do you know the answer to these questions?

Why is the novel also called The Modern Prometheus?

Why has “Frankenstein” become the most famous horror story ever written?

What famous philosophers influenced the writing of Frankenstein?

Why is the Monster such a tragic figure in the novel?

This is a study devoted to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which will help both teachers and pupils. It contains a lively series of essays on the different contexts of the novel, its structure and themes, and also offers a great deal of analysis of the text itself. While it is authoritative, it encourages readers to think for themselves — which is vital if they are going to attain at a high level.

To sum up, this study guide is useful in the following ways:

It is a great resource for students aiming for top grades;

It offers a fantastic stimulus for encouraging students to develop personal responses to the text, which are vital if they are going to achieve at a high level;

It could prove to be a great classroom resource for teachers too; the important sections of the novel are quoted in full here, together with useful discussion points/comprehension questions;

It is written by an experienced teacher who has taught the text in “real” classroom situations and knows what students need to learn.

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