Shelley emphasizes the importance of family and suggests that the monster would have turned out differently if he’d had people around him who loved and understood him. But the rest of the world would still have hated and feared him. Would a loving family really have prevented tragedy?
What’s the point of the frame narrative? Why do we begin and end with Robert Walton? Does he learn a lesson from his encounter with Frankenstein? If so, what is it?
Discuss the novel’s shifts in narrative perspective. What is the effect of presenting different characters’ viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?