Are you looking for a handy companion guide while you are reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? The two easy to use guides below explore the characters, themes, and symbolism in the novel.

Guide No. 1

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Book Analysis) [electronic resource] / Cornillon, Claire.

Bright, 2016.

Description: “In this clear and detailed reading guide, we’ve done all the hard work for you! Frankenstein is a horror novel by Mary Shelley, which calls into question the origin of evil and the dangers and limits of science. It tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his quest to solve the mystery of life which culminates in the creation of a monster. This practical and insightful book includes: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time…”

If accessing this resource from off-campus you will first need to:

  1. Visit the Libraries’ Off-Campus Access page at:
  2. Enter your WUSTL ID and Password
  3. Connect to the guide at:
  4. Click on “Community College Subscription Collection”

Guide No. 2

Romantic Circles, “a scholarly website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture.”

This study guide provides plot summaries and the full text of the novel.