Mini Lesson

 you will complete the below PDF PowerPoint SLIDE ASSIGNMENT for Chapters 20 – 21 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Summaries link are below for these chapters

Chapter 20: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/f/frankenstein/summary-and-analysis/chapter-20

Chapter 21: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/f/frankenstein/summary-and-analysis/chapter-21

Mini-Lesson: Byronic Hero

NAR 4.C – IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE DETAILS, DICTION, OR SYNTAX IN A TEXT THAT REVEAL A NARRATOR’S OR SPEAKER’S PERSPECTIVE.

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In 1812, Lord Byron published his first installment of his narrative poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. The poem featured a new kind of hero, one based on Byron himself. The popularity of this story led to a new character type emerging in Romantic literature and onwards dubbed the Byronic hero.

Qualities of a Byronic Hero:

Conflicting emotions or madness

Distaste for social institutions or norms

Being an exile, outcast, or rebel

A lack of respect for rank and privilege

A troubled past

Self-destructive tendencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frankenstein: Byronic Hero

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Directions: Consider the qualifications of a Byronic Hero below. Then, design a personal ad for Victor Frankenstein, highlighting his Byronic hero qualities.

 

 

 

Frankenstein: Byronic Hero Activity

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Personal Ad

 

Name:

 

Age:

 

Nationality:

 

Physical Description:

 

 

 

 

Looking for:

 

 

 

 

 

Turn-ons:

 

 

Turn-offs:

 

 

Hobbies:

 

Use the space below to write a mock-up of your personal ad:

 

 

 

 

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BYRONIC HERO

The Byronic hero is a fictional and cultural character type popular in the Romantic era and beyond. It was made popular by characters created by Lord Byron.

The best examples of Byronic heroes include Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, and Satan from Paradise Lost.

How does Victor Frankenstein exhibit the traits of a Byronic Hero?

 

 

 

More modern examples could include Edward Cullen from Twilight or Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.

What makes a Byronic hero an interesting character type? Why do you think that character type has endured until today?

 

 

 

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Frankenstein Notes and Quotes

Chapters 20-21 Complete the following two slides while reading chapters 20-21.

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Quotes to Know – Consider the importance of each quote as you read.

Jot some ideas in the boxes to the left.

 

“I shall be with you on your wedding-night.” (Chapter 20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had resolved in my own mind that that to create another like the fiend I had first made would be an act of the basest and most atrocious selfishness.” (Chapter 20)

 

 

Frankenstein: Chapters 20-21

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“The cup of life was poisoned forever, and although the sun shone upon me, as upon the happy and gay of heart, I saw around me nothing but a dense and frightful darkness, penetrated by no light but the glimmer of two eyes that glared upon me.” (Chapter 21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frankenstein: Chapters 20-21

Notes

Victor lists five different reasons against making a female creature. Record them here:

 

 

 

 

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2. Ultimately, what is Victor’s decision when it comes to making a new creature. Do you agree with it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT WERE SOME OF THE REASONS VICTOR CONSIDERS STOPPING HIS SECOND CREATION? (P. 144)

“She might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate, and delight, for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness.”

“He had sworn to quit the neighborhood of man and hide himself in deserts; but she had not; and she, who in all probability was to become a thinking and reasoning animal, might refuse to comply with a compact made before her creation.”

“They might even hate each other; the creature who already lived, loathed his own deformity; and might he not conceive a greater abhorrence for it when it came before his eyes in the female form?”

“She also might turn with disgust from him to the superior beauty of man; she might quit him, and he be again alone, exasperated by the fresh provocation of being deserted by one of his own species.”

“…yet one of the first results of those sympathies for which the demon thirsted would be children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth, who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.”

 

 

 

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VICTOR’S DECISION

 

“I had resolved in my own mind that to create another like the fiend I had first made would be an act of the basest and most atrocious selfishness.” P.149

As discussed in the last section, this decision brings the reader a sense of relieve and even catharsis, since Victor has ultimately made a decision. This means the plot can continue its course toward resolution.

Overall, do you believe Victor’s decision was the right one? Criticize or defend his decision.

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Frankenstein Discussion Questions

Chapters 20-21 Complete the following slide while reading chapters 20-21.

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Frankenstein: Chapters 20-21

Discussion Questions

The death of Henry Clerval is tragic, and serves as punishment for Victor’s actions. What other role(s) does Clerval serve in this story?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were Victor at this point in the story, what would your next move be?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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