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Write everything you know about Frankenstein. Who is Frankenstein? How is he depicted in popular culture? Mary Shelley The cool, rebellious teenage girl who dated a married man She was born in to the political philosopher William Godwin, and the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, whose work A Vindication of the Rights of Women is an enormously important text in the history of feminism and political thought.
She grew up in a liberal, academic household where she was encouraged to read widely and think critically. In her late teens, Mary fell in love with the Romantic poet Percy Shelley, who was already married. Mary and her husband-to-be skipped town to travel through Europe together. They hung out with some big names in the Romantic literary scene.
Background - Written by Mary Shelley at the age of 18, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, is one of the most pivotal works of gothic romanticism. It is also known as the first science fiction novel. Scientic Inuence Frankenstein was written at a time of intense debate about science, and, as the visitors to her father's home included some of the leading scientists of the day, Mary Shelley was very familiar with the central issues. There were a number of scientific attempts in the 18th century to create artificial men.
Accounts of these experiments were published throughout the 18th century. Mary Shelley was aware that the Italian Luigi Galvani had experimented with stimulating the muscles of dead frogs. She was also aware that the scientists of her day were exploring the possibility of using electricity to revive human corpses.
Letters Frankenstein is written as a frame story in epistolary form. Epistolary is a genre in which writers use letters to tell stories. In these letters, Walton, tells of his endeavors at the sea and how he has met a man named Victor Frankenstein. Walton tells of how Victor recognizes the obsessions that led to his demise. Victor thus decides to share his story as a warning to Walton.
Waltons letters serve as the frame to Victor Frankensteins tale of how he played God, and how that ruined his life. Letters Discussion Complete the following on discussions:. Is Walton more like Beowulf or more like the seafarer in his pursuits? Explain why. Is the pursuit of glory or knowledge an arrogant flaw, or is it a virtuous reflection of passion? What are the positive and negatives to seeking glory or knowledge? Homework Finish reading the letters.
Complete the discussion questions on the discussions forum. Link to the forum is on the class website: rockingliterature. Be ready to come in to read chapters tomorrow.
November 29, Review: Letters 1. What does Walton want so much while he is at sea? He says that this is missing from his life. How does the man Walton finds react when Walton is speaking about seeking passion and glory? What does he decide to do for Walton? Elements of Romanticism Artistic movement that rejected the ugliness of industrialization in a time where there was a rise of factories, slum conditions and pollution. A religious response to nature.
They were concerned that Nature should not just be seen scientifically, but as a living force. Nature was seen as powerful, sublime and divine. An emphasis on emotional and imaginative spontaneity. Embraced self expression, emotions, and individual feelings!
Concerned with the truth of the imagination, and the heart, rather than scientific truth. A capacity for wonder and an admiration of the innocence of childhood.
An interest in and concern for the outcasts of society: tramps, beggars, obsessive characters and the poor. Frankenstein Inspirited by the winds of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid Shelley 1. Explain why Victors parents are drawn towards Elizabeth. What is the relationship between beauty and inner moral goodness? How do we see the idea of possession being used in Victors descriptions of Elizabeth?
Chapters Online Discussion. Submit your responses to the questions on the discussion forum. Make sure to pull evidence from the text. On pg 25, Victor says, I have described myself as always having been imbued with a fervent desire to penetrate the secrets of nature. What do you think are the dangers of doing this? What are the rewards? Evaluate the paragraph on the bottom of page What do you think is the significance of this event?
How does it connect to the romanticist view of nature that we learned about? Homework 1. Read chapters for homework. Complete the online discussions! Reply to one of your peers. November 30, Do Now 3 Review for Chapters Choose one of the questions below to answer: 1. What topics does Victor first become obsessed with reading at the age of 13? What does he want to accomplish?
Clue if stuck: Look p 2. What is her dying wish? Clue: Look p 3. At Ingoldstat, how do Victors professors change the course of his studies? What does he discover about what he has been studying for most of his life? Such were the professors words -- rather let me say such the words of fate--ennounced to destroy me.
As he went on I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy; one by one the various keys were touched which formed the mechanism of my being; chord after chord was sounded, and soon my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein-- more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold the worlds deepest mysteries of creation. What is Victor comparing himself to?
Explain the effect this comparison has on how Victor views his personal responsibility and fate. It brings forth atmospheres of horror, gloom mystery, and the macabre! Heightened emotion! Moral corruption! Characters experiencing intense physical and psychological torment. Chapters 4 In Class Reading. Look at pages Explain what scientific endeavors begin to fascinate Victor. How do we see the gothic elements employed here? Pull out specific diction or images. How does Victors physical condition change as he advances deeper into his scientific discoveries and achievement?
What do you think is Mary Shelleys commentary on Victors pursuit of knowledge and science? Read chapter 5 for homework. Complete the online discussion! December 1, Do Now 4. Take notes on some phrases that the monster in the following video says. What is your reaction? How does his version differ from Victors version of the creation of the monster?
Chapter 5 Review I felt my flesh tingle with excess of sensitiveness, and my pulse beat rapidly. I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place. I jumped over the chairs, clapped my hands and laughed aloud.
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