Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is part of a series of books that examine a culturally significant text in terms of its context.
This book places Frankenstein within the context of the evolution of the Gothic genre. The novel is analysed in detail, showing its contextual influences and the way it explores three key issues – patriarchal hubris, children of science and the impact of scientific experimentation on the scientist and his world. These issues are supported by a close examination of three key sections of the book – Frankenstein’s experiment, the monster’s perspective and the monster’s revenge.
The book suits the readability level of senior secondary school students. It is written clearly and makes complex ideas accessible.