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Romanticism: Frankenstein

Year 12 Extension English

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Romantic Circles

Mary Shelley Quotes


Frankenstein is a horror classic written by Mary Shelley, in which an obsessed scientist, Victor Frankenstein, assembles a living being using parts from exhumed corpses.He creates the being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.


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Summary: Based on Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein" tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, which Frankenstein has put together with the remains of corpses. The creature turns into a monster when Dr. Frankenstein rejects him. Sticking close to the original novel, Kenneth Branagh guides us through the story of Frankenstein's quest for knowledge and his creature's search for his "father" It's not long before Frankenstein regrets his actions.


Examines how Mary Shelley's personal life influenced her most famous work and why her ideas resonate so clearly today.


Mary Shelley set out to create a monster, and along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, teenager Mary begins to give life to her novel - Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley Bio


LitCharts- Frankenstein

Frankenstein eBook


ABC Radio Podcast

Most of us know the story of Frankenstein .. but how much do you know about the author of that book Mary Shelley ? What was her inspiration, what was her own life like? Trevor Chappell discussed her life with Suzanne Burdon, social researcher and author of 'Almost Invincible' - which is a novel based on Mary's life.

Literary Reference Centre


British Library