Designed for first year students, this innovative guide builds on the usual knowledge base of students beginning literary study in HE by focusing on the familiar characters in Mary Shelley's classic novel, but introducing more sophisticated analysis.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most widely read novels of all time. Its two central characters, the scientist Victor Frankenstein and the being he creates, have gained mythic status in their own right. Engaging with the novel's characterisation is crucial to gaining a real understanding of its themes and contexts, including education, gender difference, imperialism, personal identity, revolutionary politics, and science.
This study includes:
- an introductory overview of the novel, including a brief account of its historical and literary contexts, and reception history;
- discussion of the major themes and narrative structure;
- chapters analysing in detail the representation of key characters, such as Walton, Frankenstein, and the Creature;
- a conclusion reminding students of the links between the characters and the key themes and issues;
- a guide to further reading.
Written in an accessible style, and informed by recent criticism and scholarship, it is an ideal introduction for students looking to develop an advanced understanding of Mary Shelley's fascinating novel.