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Why does Victor Frankenstein build the Monster?
He's driven by ambition, the pursuit of knowledge and a desire for personal glory.
He wants to show off his scientific knowledge.
He needs a friend at university, after leaving his family behind.
What's Elizabeth's role in the story?
To provide some love interest - it would be too boring otherwise.
To act as a tragic victim of Victor's ambition, and a reminder of human decency and kindness.
To act as a mother figure to the younger children and show Victor to be a fool.
What similarities do Victor and the Monster share?
After doing some good deeds, they end up wretched, guilty of terrible crimes, and so obsessed with revenge it leads to their deaths.
They are both disliked and find other people prejudiced against them.
They become isolated from society and suffer the loss of loved ones.
What do the De Laceys add to the story?
Nothing, they simply fill up space and give the Monster something to talk about.
They enable Shelley to make further points about prejudice.
They provide the Monster with valuable lessons in language, family life and how society acts.