English 372
Frankenstein and its Binary Oppositions

Directions: Frankenstein poses a series of binary oppositions but suggests that instead of a dividing line, they exist on a continuum or sliding scale.  Together with another member of the class, choose one of these opposing pairs or another set of oppositions that you noticed in the text and explore the way they operate in the novel.  Which part of the pair is more important, and why?

Be sure to note the page numbers or chapters where you find passages to support your point.  The questions below are just to get you started; you can pose your own questions to the class.