Victor Frankenstein: Practice Question


The extract below comes from chapter 8 of the novel, when the Frankenstein family are awaiting Justine’s trial for William’s murder.

We passed a few sad hours until eleven o’clock, when the trial was to commence. My father and the rest of the family being obliged to attend as witnesses, I accompanied them to the court. During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice I suffered living torture. It was to be decided whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the death of two of my fellow beings: one a smiling babe full of innocence and joy, the other far more dreadfully murdered, with every aggravation of infamy that could make the murder memorable in horror. Justine also was a girl of merit and possessed qualities which promised to render her life happy; now all was to be obliterated in an ignominious grave, and I the cause! A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine, but I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me.

Starting with the extract, explore the impression the reader gets of Victor Frankenstein.

Have you tried writing a response in timed conditions yet? If not, try it out with the question above! You should spend no more than 45 minutes on this section in the exam. Don’t forget to plan your answer!