Frankenstein Understanding And Analysis

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______________Frankenstein_______________________________________ 1. Analyze the opening page of the work as a set of instructions for reading it. Use Foster’s list to guide you here. * When reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, there are a few major points to notice on the first page, as they will guide your reading and give insight to the novel. The two major components recognized from the start are setting and the format in which the novel is written. Both of these aspects are very important to the understanding and analysis of Frankenstein. * As the novel begins, Shelley’s diction portrays a cold, bleak horizon with vast, encumbering ice. From the first paragraph, the reader can conclude that Frankenstein isn’t a fast-paced,…show more content…
Shelley personifies nature, specifically the stars and trees, in this selection from her novel to tie many themes together. Because nature is a place of solace and an escape for the characters in Frankenstein, it is only fitting that its elements be personified to emphasize the monster’s loneliness and isolation, another theme tied into that associated with nature. The lifelike qualities given to these natural elements and the rest of the quote represent the monster’s isolation and desire for acceptance. When “the cold stars shine in mockery” and “the bare trees wave their branches” above the monster, it symbolizes his seclusion from humans. He feels as if the stars are mocking him, because they are beautiful, shining, and fill the sky by the thousands, while he is an eye sore and alone. The stars and trees also symbolize the people he’s encountered throughout his short lifetime, specifically the family he secretly studies and learns from. He sees them happy and together and he longs for that feeling, but knows he’ll never fully attain it. However, he willingly gives chances for people to accept him. Each time the monster interacts with humans, walking through villages, approaching De Lacey, saving the drowning girl, or searching for the approval of Frankenstein, is represented by a portion of the selected passage: “now and then the sweet voice of a bird burst forth amidst the universal stillness.” After spending long periods of time in isolation, the monster deserts his “stillness” and gives humans a chance to accept him, when a “sweet voice of a bird burst forth.” These bursts of the songbird represent the times of the monster’s great desire to be accepted and introduced into a normal life, but inevitably fail and he is forced to return to his “universal
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