Frankenstein chapter 1 – 4


Robert Walton captained the ship – “a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. This expedition has been the favourite dream of my early years.”

Sailed into the Arctic – “I am going to unexplored regions to ‘the land of mist and snow.”

Stuck on ice + saw gigantic figure on sled – “a being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature.”

Pick up ill old man – “you may conceive my astonishment on hearing such a question addressed to me from a man on the brink of destruction…”

Walton + Frankenstein develop friendship – “My affection for my guest increases every day. He excites at once my admiration and my pity to an astonishing degree.”


Dr Frankenstein is a child, Geneva is his home – “I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic”

We are told about his family – “… my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation.” “Two years after this event Caroline  became his wife.”                                                                                       ” I, their eldest child, was born at Naples, and as an infant accompanied them in their rambles. I remained for several years their only child.”

Travels to Ingolstadt university – When I had attained the age of seventeen my parents resolved that I should become a student at the University of Ingolstadt.

Elizabeth (sister) gets ill, mother gets ill. Mother dies – “Elizabeth was saved, but the consequences of this imprudence were fatal to her preserver.”

Initially disappointed by university – “Have you,’ he said, ‘really spent your time in studying such nonsense?”

Chemistry teacher inspires Frankenstein, showing him that science isn’t all nonsense – “They ascend into the heavens; they have discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe. They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers.”                                                                                                                                                “I am happy,’ said M. Waldman, ‘to have gained a disciple; and if your application equals your ability, I have no doubt of your success.”

Tells us he has a secret – “I see by your eagerness and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be informed of the secret with which I am acquainted.”


New language

Indefatigable                                                                                                                                                                       Me: I  think it means his effort                                                                                                                                     Google:(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly.

syndics                                                                                                                                                                               Me: someone in charge of a syndicate.                                                                                                                   Google: a government official in various countries. (in the UK) a business agent of certain universities and corporations, especially a member of a Senate committee at Cambridge University.

wretchedness                                                                                                                                                                    Me: something bad or very disliked by an individual                                                                                                  Google:(of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.Of poor quality; very bad.Used to express anger or annoyance.

Tone and Mood 

Tone The narrator uses words like “forced” we relate the word forced to a bad situation and something needs to be done and  pressure is applied for something to be done, in this text it is as if Dr Frankenstein has pressure being put on him to carry out his research and carry it out in such an inhumane way.He also uses the word ‘horrors” a horror is something we connotate to be being scary and unnatural or an intense feeling of shock or fear which gives us a sense of how dr Frankenstein feels well carrying out his research.

Mood – The mood portrayed in this passage by the narrator was slight guilt.He wanted to become a god and wanted to save the humans from death.He saw the nothing as more than bodies with nothing inside he says “every object” when discussing the limbs and body parts this is him distancing himself from the fact he is cutting up actual people.By calling them objects it would’ve been him making himself feel better by calling them something irrelevant.

Foreshadowing- Foreshadowing is a warning or indication of a future event.

The age of enlightenment

Religion – In the

One Comment

  1. Clover, good start on the tone and mood activities. When you make a statement, like you have around the word “forced” try to find other words that you can use to support the development of this point- there are bound to be others in there!


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