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The Definition of Evil

Kevin Garreau

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Frankenstein

How does Mary Shelley define evil? Nature evil: morally reprehensible, sinful, wicked; an evil impulse arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct "Mary Shelley compares and contrasts the characters of the monster and Victor to define evil." Victor The Monster Obsession with revenge Creator: Can he be evil? The creation: Do we assume he is evil? Quest for knowledge or abuse of knowldge? Consider him evil based on how he creates the monster Social outcasts Abandons the moster Quest for acceptance Dangerous EVIL evil evil EVIL evil EVIL Irresponsible and do not think about consequences dynamic characters vs Nurture Do we change and become evil, or are we born evil? Victor changes throughout the story; he was once a normal child but grew to become secluded by his obsession with science the monster's coming to life and grotesque features make him appear evil, but is he himself evil? rejects normal life and society first wants to take part in society the monster becomes educated and learns how humans interact through the De Lacey family. He exemplifies personas of kindness and caring during his time in the hovel. However after again being rejected by society and lack of being understood, we see his transformation to a more violent character The creature is based on his appearance and manner of being, thus believed by the other characters to be naturaly evil we however see that the monster becomes evil through a series of events that lead to his fall from grace It is in Victor's personal interest to understand life, and he is unaware of how disturbing his experiments are Presumably, Victor seems naturally evil, but like the monster, he forms a deep obsession with destroying his nemesis Consider it evil based on appearance THE
Interpretation OF EVIL by: Kevin
Garreau Subject to their emotions practice of un-ethical experiments product of his environment What is evil? Who decides? "The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil," (pg. 218) "I had no coice but to adapt my nature to an element which i had willingly chosen," (pg. 217) “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me,” (pg. 52) "the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent," (pg. 53) unable to endure the aspect of the being i had created, i rushed out of the room," (pg. 55) QUOTES Literary Devices Frame Narrative Diction Parallelism Protagonist & Antagonist Foreshadowing Tone Epigraph Allusion Motifs "We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up," (pg. 23) "I found a fire...and was overcome with delight at the warmthI experienced form it... In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers but quickly drew it out again wiht a cry of pain. How strange I thought, that the same cause could produce such opposite effects," (pg. 103) ? Questions ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Does society play a role into who we become? f
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