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Session 5

The Creature reappears in the Arctic and boards the boat which has rescued Viktor Frankenstein. Plus, find out what you've learnt about tenses in our weekly quiz.

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Drama

Frankenstein: Episode 10 - Melting the ice

The Creature reappears in the Arctic and boards the boat which has rescued Viktor Frankenstein. Plus, find out what you've learnt from unit 20 in our weekly quiz.

Frankenstein: Episode 10

"People feared me and hated me and I hated them back. And my creator Viktor Frankenstein most of all. I made him suffer and what good came of it? Now he is dead!"

What examples of past simple, present simple, present perfect, present continuous can you spot in this episode?

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TODAY - IN THE ARCTIC

Captain
Hello I'm Captain Walton. Something unexpected happened on my way here to the Arctic. I still can't make sense of it. I and my crew found this poor man on the ice. He was half dead when we rescued him. He said his name was Viktor Frankenstein. He was a good man but a very sad one. He told us a very strange story about a monster he created. And this monster was responsible for many deaths. He said he wished to warn me about the dangers of science but I think what he wanted was to get that story off of his chest. We took care of him but unfortunately he died. Poor man. What a crazy story!

Crewman
Captain, I have some good news.

Captain
Yes, sailor.

Crewman
There's a change in the wind. It's warmer. The ice is disappearing and we are going to be able to continue our trip to the North Pole.

Captain
That is really good news. Thank you.

Crewman
I thought you needed some cheering up. It's sad what happened to that poor man, Frankenstein, who died earlier, isn't it? We gave him blankets, hot soup, but he was already very weak.

Captain
Yes. Yes, I know. What else could we have done?

Crewman
Do you think that story he told us is true? About the monster? I remember the big shadow we saw far away, in the middle of the ice, before we rescued Frankenstein.

Captain
Yes, it was moving very quickly before it disappeared. But maybe it was something else. How can we be sure? All we've been able to see for weeks is this ice!

Crewman
Yes. I guess so. Well sir, let me go back to preparing the ship to continue our journey.

Captain
What's... what's that? Someone's crying. The sound is coming from the cabin where Frankenstein's body is. Let me see what this is...

IN THE SHIP'S CABIN 

Captain
Oh, who... who're you? You're so big, and...

Creature
Ugly. You mean ugly.

Captain
You must be the Creature! His story was true!

Creature
Yes. He built me and brought me to life... to a very sad life. Now he's gone. I found him dead.

Captain
Well, at least... at least he's in peace now. He was carrying great pain in his heart. But why are you holding his body and crying? I thought you wanted to kill him?

Creature
I came to tell him I'm so very sorry.

Captain
Sorry?! Is it true? Maybe you're crying because you can't hurt him anymore. You caused him so many problems! All those deaths...

Creature
And what good has it done? I wanted to be kind and have love and friendship. But all I got was hatred. People feared me, they attacked me. And I hated them and attacked them in return. Now I hate myself.

Captain
And so what are you going to do?           

Creature
Only death can end my suffering. I'll go north, build a fire and throw myself into the flames. Then it will be over.

Captain
But are... are you sure? Does it have to be this way?

Creature
That's the only way. My body will be blown to the sea by the wind and my spirit will finally be free. Goodbye, Frankenstein. Goodbye, sir. Don't follow me. 

Captain
There goes the Creature running fast across the ice. What a powerful being and how sorry he was! Oh, he's disappeared now... Poor creature. In the future we might know him as Frankenstein. That was the name of his creator. He, or... it, didn't even get a name. It's just called the Creature. A Creature which will never be seen again.

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Vocabulary

make sense of
understand

get off his chest
tell other people something that is worrying him so that he feels better

cheering up
making someone feel happier

pain
emotional suffering

hatred
strong dislike

spirit
soul, inner self

To do

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Frankenstein Quiz

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That's it! Viktor Frankenstein decided to give life to a creature and abandoned it when he was not happy with the result. Anger and violence was how the monster dealt with rejection. The story didn't end well but it's so revealing of human nature that the classic novel by Mary Shelley became a source of inspiration for film and TV. We hope you've enjoyed it. Next week, we have another story for you.

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Credits

Recording Frankenstein

Original story by Mary Shelley

Adapted and produced for BBC Learning English by Graciela Damiano

Peter Kenny (left in picture above): Dr Viktor Frankenstein                      

Will Harrison-Wallace (right in picture above): The Creature

Sophie Napleton: Elizabeth, young Viktor, DeLacey girl  

Alice Brown: Justine, William Frankenstein

Other cast (in alphabetical order): Finn Aberdein, Rob Carter, Nick Cavell, Catherine Chapman, Neil Edgeller, Piers Edwards, Jonathan Greer, Michael Harrison, Vera Harte, Harry Haynes, Simon Haynes, Paul Scott, Emily Westlake, Stewart Willy.

Illustrations: Carolina Thwaites-Lastra

English Language Teaching consultant: Nicola Prentis

Studio Manager: Philip Bull

Session Vocabulary

  • make sense of
    understand

    get off his chest
    tell other people something that is worrying him so that he feels better

    cheering up
    making someone feel happier

    pain
    emotional suffering

    hatred
    strong dislike

    spirit
    soul, inner self