Forget Boris Karloff! The real story is scarier because it examines real, human desires and capabilities.
A brilliant student, Victor Frankenstein, comes upon the knowledge of creating life. Expecting glory and hoping to benefit humanity, Frankenstein creates a man - only to discover that creation carries more consequences and responsibilities than he foresaw. The resulting tragedy speaks directly to some of the issues facing us in science and medicine today.
Years later, Robert Walton is a young man driven by his desire for knowledge and exploration - he wants to make his mark on the world. But he finds something entirely different. As the sea ice closes in on his ship, he and his crew sight a strange, gigantic being driving a dogsled across the frozen wasteland, finally disappearing into the distance. The next day they find an ill and dying man floating on a fragment of ice and persuade him to come on board for his safety. As his ship lies trapped by the surrounding ice, Walton spends many hours talking with the ill man, a Victor Frankenstein of Geneva. As they talk, Frankenstein slowly reveals his story to Walton.
Progeny Press' Frankenstein English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
Author Biography: Learn more about Mary Shelley.
Background Information: Explore the history of science, discoveries, literary movements, and politics in the early 1800s, providing context for the book.
Before-You-Read Activities: Do various activities like reading the play Faust and writing a critique, mapwork, conducting research, and participating in a Bible study.
Vocabulary: Learn and understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Discover the various literary techniques used in the book, including understanding words in context and using a dictionary, analyzing characterization, exploring the concept of framing, examining setting and mood, identifying allusions, observing parallel characters, noticing foreshadowing, recognizing the power of adjectives, understanding the Gothic and romantic novel genres, interpreting tone and irony, considering verisimilitude, comparing and contrasting elements, exploring metaphors, studying the role of the narrator, identifying protagonists and antagonists, understanding conflicts and climaxes, recognizing paradoxes, and appreciating thematic elements.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on the moral lessons and character values conveyed in the story, such as exploring motivations, understanding hubris and pride, friendship and its impact, contemplating the concept of death, grappling with guilt and sin, acknowledging human goodness, taking responsibility for our actions, revenge, examining man's nature and purpose, understanding our responsibility to God and His creation, reflecting on ambition, and considering the framework of morality.
Activities and Writing Assignments: the themes of naturalism, participate in discussions, and select from multiple essay prompts. Additionally, participate in creating and performing a dramatic scene based on the book and conduct further research to deepen your understanding.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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