- Social / political context
- Religious / philosophical context
- Literary context
- The Bible: Creation: see Religious / philosophical context
- The Prometheus myth
- The doppelganger
- The monster's reading: Plutarch, Milton and Goethe
- The Romantics: Coleridge, Lamb, Southey, de Quincey
- Title page to the first edition
- Volume 1
- Volume 2
- Volume 3
The nature of the narrative
The structure thus raises a number of issues and questions about the nature of the narrative we are reading.
Issues arising from the narrative
- The two main narratives are spoken and are directed at a single listener whose reaction the speaker might be able to anticipate and certainly wishes to influence
- Captain Walton may be presenting Frankenstein in a manner that corresponds to his own ideas about science and exploration and that reflects his admiration for his visitor
- The overall written narrative is addressed to a single reader, Captain Walton's sister Mrs Saville, BUT:
- she is outside the frame of the story
- her opinion about what she reads is unknown to the reader
- her means of publishing her brother's letters is unknown.
Questions about the narrative
- How does Frankenstein represent himself to Captain Walton? What images of his scientific endeavours and the monster's actions does he emphasise?
- How does reading the creature's narrative after hearing the first part of Victor's story affect the reader's view of events?
- How are the reader's sympathies likely to be affected when Frankenstein resumes his own narrative?
- What similarities and differences among the three main narrators emerge as a result of reading these narratives side by side? More on the three narrators?
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