You will find that it is a useful way to process what you’re reading, prepare yourself for group discussion, and gather textual evidence for your Literary Analysis assignments. ASSIGNMENT: Create a dialectical journal for Frankenstein. Your journal must have a minimum of two entries per each section of the novel listed below. Journal entries may be typed entries (12 point, approved font) or neatly handwritten in blue or black ink. Each entry must have a passage from the novel and a response to each passage.
As the reader you’re also being told the story of Victor Frankenstein. The connection between Walton and the reader is simply that they’re learning a lesson through Victor Frankenstein’s story. Mary Shelley, set up this novel to teach the reader a lesson through Walton. At the time this novel was written, Realism and Naturalism were slowly creeping upon the decade. During the Realism and Naturalism times scientific experiments and industrial movements were approaching.
“I was so guided by a silken cord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment to me” (Shelley 31), proclaims Victor shortly after the start of the story. The creature also expressed his love of everything after he escapes from Victor’s lab. “Soon a gentle light stole over the heavens and gave me a sensation of pleasure” (Shelley 103). But as they both started to gain more knowledge and experience, they both became more isolated. Victor’s isolation is due to his obsession to create life, then his regret for creating the creature.
Annotated Bibliography 1. http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=4789 This first link was the link that I found that contained the support I needed for my points in the second body paragraph. At this link you will find an essay written by Marcus Bringer and in that essay he talks about the responsibilities that Victor Frankenstein neglected when he created his monster. 2. http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~stevenson/courses/1102spring06/projects/a2/FrankensteinSite/FrankensteinMaine/themescite.html This link gave me the quotes and supporting proof from an exterior that I needed for my third body paragraph. On the website you’ll find that scholar Brandon Morrison has assessed the different themes found in Frankenstein. There are also
Walton is trying to reach the North Pole, however his ship gets stuck in the ice and finds Victor Walton, and knows that he will form a meaningful bond with him. Walton sees that he is on an intellectually higher level than the rest of his crewmembers and is delighted to find a man like Victor in the middle of the north. Walton wants his name to be forever remembered however he does not have the drive to reach his full potential. Minor Characters: Alphonse Frankenstein is Victor Frankenstein’s father; he is a man who dedicates his life to being happy and fills his life beauty. He falls in love with his best friends daughter and marries her, he provides a very serene and humble surrounding to Victor and his adoptive sister Elizabeth.
Shelley draws from the characteristics of gothic fiction influenced by The Romantic Movement, through employing sinister connotations that forebode Victor’s downfall, “…the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out…” This portrays the reality that the value of creating life is unattainable, which is furthermore explored in Blade Runner, as Scott presents a world in which technology has eliminated the defining features of humanity. Shelley also alludes to The Promethean Myth and the symbolism of oppressing fire, “…the glimmer of the half-extinguished light…” to emphasise the danger of attaining knowledge beyond accepted boundaries. Shelley’s admonition of excessive knowledge is explored additionally within Blade Runner. Blade Runner is dominated by capitalism and social hierarchy, therefore mirroring the values of the 18th century context of Frankenstein. Scott, influenced by the gothic-novel features in Frankenstein, has employed the style of
Music allows for the development of expression as it provides a common language, something only Albert truly appreciates. Contrastingly, Jim’s ignorance towards the land and the aboriginal community is a primary cause for his tragic downfall and as such, he is threatened by the land. His lack of experiences within the land is highlighted in the lone search for Emily as he falls and
Mary Shelley’s work of literature, Frankenstein, conveys her negative attitudes towards scientific issues of her time. With the use of Victor Frankenstein and the monster, Shelley is able to depict that the curiosity of science leads to negative impacts in society. Frankenstein is portrayed as a man full of interest in natural philosophy. Although his eager learning and experimenting for science is unlimited, he builds a monster that causes low credibility, betrayal and conviction for Frankenstein and those surrounding him. Fame being one of Frankenstein’s prime motive for creating a superhuman portrays that he does not realize his motive will cause low credibility.
Rawlston 1 Savannah Rawlston Pierce English IV 22 April 2014 7.3.8 Multiple-Perspective Analysis Reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, one can analyze it in two different ways: from a literary or political standpoint. Both can be supported with evidence from the text, and are equally seen in the writing. Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a revolutionizing piece for its time, not only in its genre, but also in the underlying message presented. Shelley’s character Victor Frankenstein has often been compared to the character of Prometheus. The parallelism between Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus is seen through both of their actions of trying to play God by giving life.
The monster clearly witnesses the human capability of compassion, as Victor shows for Elizabeth and the peasants show for each other, but their decision to not do the same for him further brings the monster to the conclusion that no matter how well he understands society, he will never be accepted as human. In a request to Victor, the monster solemnly realizes, “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create,” (Shelly 129). In asking Victor to create a life partner, the monster dreams of finally finding someone to belong, granting him purpose in life.