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Alain-René Lesage

  1. Consider the role that illness plays in the novel. When a traumatic event occurs in his life, Victor often falls ill. Address whether he uses this illness as a means to escape the problems and whether it is effective. If he is not using it as a means of escape, hypothesize as to what other reasons he could have.
  2. Discuss the similarities seen between the monster and Victor. They both have relationships with nature, and they both desire the comfort and closeness of a companion and family, as well as friends and society in general. There may be other parallels to consider, as well. Be sure to consider the way the relationship between the two characters evolves throughout the novel as well as whether they become more similar to one another over time.
  3. Most film versions of Frankenstein render the monster inarticulate or even mute. Address why this may be the case and whether having a persuasive and eloquent monster makes it more likely that the reader will sympathize with the kinds of things he faces and the acts he commits.
  4. Victor believes that his fate is tied to his desire to find knowledge. Consider whether this is the actual cause for Victor's suffering or whether there are other reasons. Also be sure to address how the novel indicates that knowledge (and the acquisition of that knowledge) can be destructive and/or dangerous.
  5. Foreshadowing and suspense are heavily used throughout the entire novel. Address whether these techniques are effective or whether Victor actually reveals too much of what takes place. Also consider how Walton, the monster, and Victor foreshadow and the differences between them.
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