• an ‘over-focus’ on a goal; the goal takes over your life; it consumes an abnormal amount of your time, energy and attention
  • the novel deals with the dangers of obsession; Victor is so consumed with the idea of creating the monster (life) that he isolates himself; and even becomes ill
  • Mary Shelley’s theme is that obsession is harmful to you and those you love


  • the concept that we must take care of the things we make, and that we are accountable for our actions; we must be prepared to face the consequences
  • the novel deals with Victor’s inability (or unwillingness) to accept responsibility for the monster
  • if we don’t take care of what we create (life) we are at risk of creating monsters in our society


  • a sense of not belonging to a community or lacking a sense of one’s own self
  • the Creature in the novel constantly seeks to connect to someone
  • tries to fit in with human society and is rejected
  • is also rejected by Victor, his ‘father’
  • Victor refuses to make the Creature a partner, someone who would accept him, and thereby condemns the Creature to a life of solitude


  • not only being responsible for committing an offence, but feeling remorseful for having done the offence
  • in the novel, it is not only that characters feel guilt, but why they feel it
  • there are many circumstances when characters feel guilt or remorse for their actions (or inaction)
  • what the characters do about that remorse is what is important


  • a belief that self-interest should be the prime motivation for all conduct
  • pride is a positive characteristic as long as it does not become destructive to the individual or others
  • in the novel, there are three characters who suffer from egoism or foolish pride:  R. Walton, Beaufort and Victor Frankenstein
  • in the novel, those who are motivated by egoism or pride and do not change their ways meet a disastrous end


  • the structure of family and value of shared and loving intimacy to be given, and received, in family life
  • there are various types of family relationships in the novel; some traditional, others not
  • sibling bonds are very important
  • the father-son relationship that should exist between Victor and the Creature does not
author avatar
William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post comment