Frankensten Chapter 23

Honors English IV
In-Class Study Questions
Frankenstein: Ch 23
Each of these questions asks you to practice your skills in close reading and to then apply your findings to some bigger issue at work in the novel. Please take your time with each passage; you may even find it useful to utilize the 4-step close reading chart as you develop your responses. Please type your answers (150+ words per question) and post your completed study questions to Haiku (Dropbox—Ch 23 Study Questions) when you are finished.
You will have 25 minutes to complete your responses and submit to Haiku. Be ready to discuss your findings with the class at 11:30am.
*If you finish early, begin reading Ch 24
  1. At the beginning of chapter 23, we see an example of the way in which Shelley uses descriptions of elements in nature or the weather to mirror or illustrate something about our characters’ moods or to foreshadow developments in the plot. Take a look at the first three paragraphs on page 202 (first page of Ch 23), and consider the ways in which the description here might be working as a metaphor. In what ways might these paragraphs really be about Victor? In what ways might the description here also give us clues about the story, plot, or structure of the novel as a whole?

  2. This chapter, like many others, offers a complex glimpse into Victor Frankenstein’s (arguably) fragile psyche. As in other moments of trauma or stress, Victor blacks out or finds himself physically disabled as a result of his emotional state. Why do you think Shelley chooses to emphasize this tendency in Victor? Why does she create a pattern of these sorts of episodes? It is important that this doesn’t just happen once with Victor, at the height of his trauma. He experiences psychological breaks repeatedly and consistently throughout the novel. Examine the passages that speak to Victor’s psyche in this chapter. What do they tell us about his character? What might this trait/pattern tell us about the...