Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Ghost Story Challenge

Lesson rationale

Students will explore the origins of Frankenstein and place the novel in its context, considering it alongside the contemporary horror stories and scientific developments that influenced Mary Shelley. They will present their knowledge in the form of a comic strip, storyboard or short film that tells the story of Frankenstein’s genesis.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • In what circumstances was Frankenstein composed?
  • In what ways were Shelley and her companions influenced by contemporary ghost stories and Gothic horror stories?
  • In what ways did Shelley draw on contemporary developments in science?