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Here is a summary of the main characters in the book:

Robert Walton

  • Ambitious
  • Isolated from friends and family
  • Blinded to the danger of his path
  • Rapidly forms devotion to Frankenstein
  • Idealistic
  • Naïve
  • Headstrong
  • Romantic
  • Selfish
  • Passionate
  • Determined
  • Enthusiastic

All characteristics that link him to Frankenstein. Shelley prepares the reader, through Walton, for the characteristics they will encounter, at a far more advanced stage, in Frankenstein, who is unable to control his emotions and feelings fully.

Victor Frankenstein

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Introverted
  • Combines a dangerous ‘thirst for knowledge’ and a ‘child’s blindness’
  • Enthusiastic
  • Wants to discover secrets
  • Challenges nature
  • Isolated
  • Forgets his family
  • Abandons daylight
  • Emotionally intense
  • Won’t accept blame
  • Bad parent
  • Hypocrite
  • Arrogant
  • Imaginative

The Creature

  • Hideous
  • Well meaning at first
  • Vengeful when thwarted
  • Unnatural
  • Rejected
  • Satanic imagery
  • Murderer
  • Merciles.
  • Innocent
  • Child like wonder
  • Loves nature
  • Romantic
  • Isolated
  • Alienated

Secondary Characters

Elizabeth Lavenza

  • Angelic
  • Beautiful
  • Orphan
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Self-effacing
  • Loving
  • Idealised
  • A form of perfection
  • A creature set apart
  • Idolised by Victor who is strongly possessive of her
  • Religious imagery attached to her
  • She becomes increasingly downcast as Victor distances himself from her

Henry Clerval

  • Ambitious
  • Obedient
  • Noble
  • Inspired by learning
  • Devoted
  • Honest
  • Generous
  • Ambitious
  • Needs friends
  • Romantic

Alphonse Frankenstein

  • Loving
  • Caring
  • Emotional
  • Fails to control his son’s budding scientific ambition
  • His parenting is a contrast with Victor’s ‘parenting’ of the Creature

Caroline Frankenstein

  • Loving
  • Caring
  • A powerful influence, even after death, on her family and Victor in particular

Justine Moritz

  • Victim
  • Upright
  • Devoted
  • Her unjust accusation of murder parallels Frankenstein’s unjust accusation of having murdered Clerval

The De Laceys

  • Outsiders
  • Kind and caring
  • Ultimate rejection of the Creature

Safie

  • Outsider
  • Exotic stranger
  • Determined
  • Devoted

William Frankenstein

  • Innocent victim
  • Shows how even children reject the Creature

Professor Krempe

  • Disliked by Victor
  • Unattractive
  • Almost unwittingly ‘saves’ Victor

Professor Waldman

  • Passionate scientist
  • Wins Victor for science
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