Frankenstein: Study Guide for GCSE (first teaching 2015)

Suitable for: AQA | Edexcel

This comprehensive and detailed companion will bring Mary Shelley’s fantastical Gothic novel to life! New to the GCSE curriculum this year, this captivating story provides an excellent basis for exploring narrative voice, symbolism and imagery, and introducing key themes such as science and religion, man versus nature, and obsession.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All chapters are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Sample essay
  • Further reading suggestions
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6483)
'A very comprehensive guide to 'Frankenstein' that clearly meets the requirements of the new GCSE. It has clearly been written by someone who has an excellent knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the text. As an experienced teacher who has taught this novel before, I felt that it enhanced my own learning never mind that of my students. This was such a well organised and detailed resource that it would enable all teachers to teach the novel exceptionally well regardless of whether or not they have taught the text before. I cannot think of anything that would enhance this resource - it is amazing!' S Mann, Subject Leader, Independent Reviewer