by Mary Shelley
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Katherine Mansfield
In this short story, a man known only as “the boss” tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son’s death.Pair “The Fly” with "Excerpt from Frankenstein" and ask students to discuss how the themes of power and vulnerability are developed in each work.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
- Mary Shelley
In this excerpt from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature demands that Frankenstein listen to his story of how he has suffered since being created.Pair “Excerpt from Frankenstein” with “Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request” and ask students to compare the perspectives of the two excerpts. How does Frankenstein’s perspective of the events that took place compare to the creature’s point of view? What did the creature suffer through and how do students think it influenced his opinions on mankind?
Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus
- Mary Shelley
In this excerpt from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, an explorer writes letters to his sister, describing his voyage.Pair “Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16” with “Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” to provide students with another excerpt from Frankenstein. Ask students to discuss the challenges that the explorer describes in the letter and that the creature encounters in “Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16.” How is the natural world responsible for many of the obstacles they encounter?