Frankenstein: Novel Discussion Board #2


“How can I move thee? Will no entreaties cause thee to turn a favourable eye upon thy creature, who implores thy goodness and compassion? Believe me, Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow-creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me. The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge. I have wandered here many days; the caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. These bleak skies I hail, for they are kinder to me than your fellow-beings. If the multitude of mankind knew of my existence, they would do as you do, and arm themselves for my destruction.” — The Creature, Chapter 10, Frankensten

Remember all that Frankenstein endures because he creates the creature and all that the creature suffers because he is created.  Using evidence from the story (at LEAST 2 relevant direct quotes), should Frankenstein create another being like the creature?  Explain in detail why he should or should not make a mate for the creature.


Epic Hero: Characterstics

Epic heroes undertake quests to achieve something of tremendous value to themselves or their society.  Beowulf’s first victory, which you read in class today, helps rescue Hrothgar’s kingdom.  Compare Beowulf’s journey, battle, and victory with a modern day hero that you admire.

Frankenstein: The Letters


Frankenstein begins with a series of four letters written from Robert Walton to his sister in England.  In these letters different themes to the overall story are foreshadowed.  For instance, in the first letter, Robert talks about leaving for an exploratory expedition to the North Pole.  Although he admits that he may die, he voyages on with hopes of satisfying his curiosity.  Inthis letter Robert’s thirst for knowledge, specifically scientific knowledge, reveals a theme of the dangerous consequences in the quest for knowledge.


What is another example in which knowledge, particularly in the area of scientific advancement, lead to a horrific or an unacceptable outcome?  Give a detailed explanation.

Novel Discussion Board #4

Provide a recommendation for your nonfiction work. Would you advise that your friends read it? Why or why not? Provide specifics from the book to prove your points.

Novel Discussion Board #3

What connections can you make to any other books you have read, movies or television shows you have seen, or events that you have heard of?
Explain these connections.

Nonfiction Discussion Board #2

Find an article that relates to an important topic in your novel. Do not include reviews of the novel. Include the title of your book.
1. Post the link to the article.
2. Provide the MLA citation for the article.
3. Write a brief rationale explaining how the article relates to your book.

Implicit Arguments

Arguments work on us psychologically and cognitively, triggering emotions and thoughts. Implicit arguments may not look like arguments at all. Consider a bumper sticker, a billboard, a poster, a photograph, a cartoon, a vanity license plate, a T-shirt message, an advertisement, a poem, or even a song lyric. Like explicit ones, implicit arguments persuade their audiences toward a certain point of view.

Find such an image, post it here, and in a sentence or two explain the argument that it implies.