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Starter In pairs you have two minutes to discuss the following question: Who does Shelley want her reader to feel is responsible for the creature’s actions?

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1 Starter In pairs you have two minutes to discuss the following question: Who does Shelley want her reader to feel is responsible for the creature’s actions?

2 Exploring the creature “I continued to wind among the paths of the wood, until I came to its boundary, which was skirted by a deep and rapid river, into which many of the trees bent their branches, now budding with the fresh spring. Here I paused, not exactly knowing what path to pursue, when I heard the sound of voices, that induced me to conceal myself under the shade of a cypress. I was scarcely hid when a young girl came running towards the spot where I was concealed, laughing, as if she ran from someone in sport. She continued her course along the precipitous sides of the river, when suddenly her foot slipped, and she fell into the rapid stream. I rushed from my hiding-place and with extreme labour, from the force of the current, saved her and dragged her to shore. She was senseless, and I endeavoured by every means in my power to restore animation, when I was suddenly interrupted by the approach of a rustic, who was probably the person from whom she had playfully fled. On seeing me, he darted towards me, and tearing the girl from my arms, hastened towards the deeper parts of the wood. I followed speedily, I hardly knew why; but when the man saw me draw near, he aimed a gun, which he carried, at my body and fired. I sank to the ground, and my injurer, with increased swiftness, escaped into the wood.” from chapter 16 From James Whale’s 1931 film adaptation dglns What are our reactions to the different presentations of the creature?

3 ‘Putting the creature on trial’. Some of you will prepare the case and others will take notes on a member of the class and their ideas and points and developing the discussion with key questions Group 1 - ProsecutionGroup 2 - Defence The creature is being put on trial for the murder of William and for framing Justine. Prepare your case using evidence from the text. Observers:

4 On your own, write a response to the following. There’s no need for quotations or references just express a well-considered point of view Discuss your view concern whether you believe that the creature is responsible for the death of William and Justine. [Keep in mind that this is a fictional narrative, written to create effects on a reader in order to a) create an entertaining plot and b) the persuade the reader to accepting certain ideas about real life (i.e. Shelley’s ‘themes’).]

5 Chapter 16/17 – hwk/independent study How does his view of women and sex differ from Victor’s? Find evidence from across the text to support your views Continue to read Complete reading log for chapters read

6 Chapter 16/17 – ‘find me a woman!’ List all the reasons the creature gives for wanting a lady friend: List all the reasons the creature gives for wanting a lady friend:

7 Chapter 16/17 – ‘find me a woman!’ List all the reasons the creature gives for wanting a lady friend: List all the reasons the creature gives for wanting a lady friend: “I am alone and miserable, man will not associate with me my companion must be of the same species and have the same defects this being you must create” “I am malicious because I am miserable” “It’s a right that you must not refuse to concede” “I will revenge my injuries if I cannot inspire love” “…shunned and hated by all mankind” “…my evil passions will have fled for I shall meet with sympathy” “…here I thought was one of those joy imparting smiles that are bestowed on all but me” “…if any being felt feelings of benevolence for me I should return them a hundred fold” “…for creatures sake I would make peace with the whole mankind”

8 Return to the pairs that you started the lesson in: In pairs, take two minutes to discuss and make notes on the following question: Who is responsible for the creature’s actions? Offer at least three reasons for your point of view. Frame your reply to show you fully understand that this is a fictional narrative created by a writer with certain intentions for her reader.


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