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Mary Godwin Shelley 1797-1851 Parentage Parentage William Godwin & Mary Wollstonecraft William Godwin & Mary Wollstonecraft Literary & social radicals.

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1 Mary Godwin Shelley Parentage Parentage William Godwin & Mary Wollstonecraft William Godwin & Mary Wollstonecraft Literary & social radicals and activists Marriage Percy Shelley 1814 at age 17 Tragic & revolutionary Novel Ghost story Somewhat autobiographical

2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Published 1818 Published 1818 written at age 19 Combination of Gothic ideals & science fiction Combination of Gothic ideals & science fiction Social comment on mans position in society Social comment on mans position in society

3 CHARACTERS ROBERT WALTON writes to MARGARET SAVILLE Arctic explorerBritish matron Arctic explorerBritish matron provides framesister Victors savior VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN HENRY CHERVAL MONSTER ELIZABETH LAVENZA WM FRANKENSTEIN JUSTINE MORITZ DE LACEY FAMILY DE LACEY FAMILY

4 THEMES THE COEXISTENCE OF GOOD & EVIL AS VIEWED THROUGH AND IN ONE MAN. Dangerous Knowledge Dangerous Knowledge Alienation Alienation Mystery/Secrecy Mystery/Secrecy Nature Nature

5 Romantic Elements Gothic Element Themes = nature, human feelings, compassion, freedom, rebellion Themes = nature, human feelings, compassion, freedom, rebellion Rural life vs urban living Rural life vs urban living Travel in foreign lands Travel in foreign lands Folklore and legends Folklore and legends Fate of the common man Fate of the common man Self-education/love of learning Self-education/love of learning Supernatural & mysterious Supernatural & mysterious Gloomy settings Gloomy settings Raising of the dead/ghost story Raising of the dead/ghost story Mortal & supernatural worlds intertwined Mortal & supernatural worlds intertwined

6 LETTERS Framing: Literary device which gives structure and background to main plot Letter #1 Arctic CircleWHY??? Letter #1 Arctic CircleWHY??? Letter #2 Walton-lonesome Romantic elements??? p5 friend Letter #2 Walton-lonesome Romantic elements??? p5 friend Letter #3 Heart vs mindFreedom Letter #3 Heart vs mindFreedom Letter #4 3 separate days Letter #4 3 separate days 2 occurrences 2 occurrences Gothic elements??? Gothic elements??? Romantic elements??? Romantic elements???

7 Chapters 1-5 Chapter 1Victors background Chapter 1Victors background Chapter 2alchemymentor Chapter 2alchemymentor Henry Cherval as a romantic??? Creation idea p. 26 Desire for knowledge p. 27 Chapter 3Victors education When??? Where?? Romanticism?? Chapter 3Victors education When??? Where?? Romanticism?? Chapter 4Creation of monster Chapter 4Creation of monster Knowledge for good or evil p. 39 All-powerful p. 38 Guilt p. 41 Chapter 5Gothic elements Chapter 5Gothic elements Description of monster p. 42 Adam vs monster??? Contrast Foreshadowing??? P. 43/ p. 44

8 Chapters 6-10 Chapter 6Elizabeths Letter Chapter 6Elizabeths Letter Chapter 7Williams murder Chapter 7Williams murder Significance?? Lightning??? Gothic element?? Significance?? Lightning??? Gothic element?? Victors internal conflict??? Accusation??? Victors internal conflict??? Accusation??? Chapter 8Justine=justice (irony??) Chapter 8Justine=justice (irony??) Elizabeths testimony Elizabeths testimony Justines confession & death Justines confession & death Chapter 9Victors depression (Where??) Chapter 9Victors depression (Where??) IRONY??? Romantic elements??? IRONY??? Romantic elements??? Chapter 10Meeting with Monster p. 84 fallen angel Chapter 10Meeting with Monster p. 84 fallen angel Romanticism-Man is good; society makes him evil Romanticism-Man is good; society makes him evil

9 Chapters The Monsters Tale Chapter 11 Narrator??? Chapter 11 Narrator??? DeLaceys/ Romantic element?? DeLaceys/ Romantic element?? Love p. 93 Love p. 93 Chapter 12 DeLacey background Chapter 12 DeLacey background Monsters realization Monsters realization Chapter 13 Safie??? Chapter 13 Safie??? 2 central concepts p central concepts p Monster questions position in society p. 105 Monster questions position in society p. 105 Chapter 14 DeLacey story Chapter 14 DeLacey story Chapter 15 Safie & Felix Chapter 15 Safie & Felix Monsters education/lack of love Monsters education/lack of love Confrontation / Beating Confrontation / Beating Chapter 16 2 stories blend Chapter 16 2 stories blend p.121-Monsters reaction p.121-Monsters reaction p. 126-Monster as victim of injustice p. 126-Monster as victim of injustice p. 127-MurderWhy??? p. 127-MurderWhy??? Framing Justine-p. 128 Framing Justine-p. 128 Monsters request p. 129 Monsters request p. 129

10 Chapters Chapter 17 Monsters demand p Chapter 17 Monsters demand p Victors decision-Why??? P Victors decision-Why??? P Chapter 18 Grand Tour with Henry Chapter 18 Grand Tour with Henry Romantic elements?? nature Romantic elements?? nature Victors conflict p.137 Victors conflict p.137 Chapter 19 Scottish lab-desolate/remote p. 148 Chapter 19 Scottish lab-desolate/remote p Gothic elements??? Mystery/eeriness/supernatural 2 Gothic elements??? Mystery/eeriness/supernatural Chapter 20 Destruction of Mate p Chapter 20 Destruction of Mate p Monsters reaction p.153 threat Monsters reaction p.153 threat Mr. Kirwin (magistrate) /Ireland Accusation??? Mr. Kirwin (magistrate) /Ireland Accusation??? Chapter 21 Murder for revenge Chapter 21 Murder for revenge Victors acquittal-WHY?? Alibi/in lab Victors acquittal-WHY?? Alibi/in lab Ironic twist??? pleasure/tragedy Ironic twist??? pleasure/tragedy

11 Chapters and Final Letters Chapter 22 Victors confession To whom? About what? Significance of my hands Chapter 22 Victors confession To whom? About what? Significance of my hands Literary device??? Conflict in Victor Chapter 23 Elizabeths death/Victors revenge (p. 184) Chapter 23 Elizabeths death/Victors revenge (p. 184) Gothic elements???? Chapter 24 Deaths??? Chapter 24 Deaths??? p. 188 Monsters hatred p. 188 Monsters hatred p. 192 Victors plea p. 192 Victors plea Final Letters Narrator?? Walton;s 2 losses Final Letters Narrator?? Walton;s 2 losses


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