Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Life, Consciousness, and Existence

Surprise: a book about creating life has a lot to say (or, at least ask) about life and consciousness. Like, "Are we really just born this way?" And, "How much can we blame our parents for, honestl...

Science

Pop quiz! You walk into your neighborhood Whole Foods to buy some corn flakes. The box is labeled, "Contains GMOs." Do you think:A. "Sweet! GMOs can provide valuable extra nutrients and...

Appearances

Beauty may only be skin deep, but, as Shmoop's campus gym once advertised, no one can see your brain from twenty feet away. Sure, Frankenstein seems to criticize the idea that beauty indicates inne...

Revenge

Vengeance is sweet. Revenge is a dish best served cold. The best revenge is a life well lived. Revenge—well, you get the point: people have a lot of things to say about revenge. In fact, it's a h...

Family

Victor, the monster, and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have one thing in common: Parents just don't understand. If only Victor's dad had taken the time to explain why Agrippa wasn't worth reading ins...

Exploration

Walton doesn't exactly start his first letter by writing, "The North Pole … the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the S.S. Prometheus," but he might as well. Like Victor, Walton is definit...

Language and Communication

You may be able to remember your name in the desert, but the monster can't—because he doesn't have a name. Without a name—a label—there's really no way to make sense of him. Is he a hero? A v...

Compassion and Forgiveness

Most of the characters in Frankenstein seem to lack compassion entirely. The monster alone shows compassion and kindness, attributes that are soon ruined by the world around him. Frankenstein furth...

Sacrifice

You know who sacrifices himself to save humanity? Jesus. And, if you were an ancient Greek or Roman, Prometheus. Does that make Victor a god-like figure? Or does he just want to think of himself as...

Lies and Deceit

Deception in the form of secrecy is one of Victor’s fatal flaws. His inability to share his secret about the monster brings the destruction of those he loves. Further, this loss of family and...

Secrecy

If there's one moral to Frankenstein that we can agree on, maybe it's this: some things are meant to stay secret. Trying to make nature reveal herself is, well, kind of like peeping through the win...

Fate and Free Will

We can't exactly see Victor singing "Born This Way" (but we like to imagine it). At the same time, that's basically his anthem: over and over, he tells us that he just couldn't help it. It was dest...
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