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Differences Between 1818 & 1831 Versions of Frankenstein

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Flora Chang

on 31 January 2014

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Transcript of Differences Between 1818 & 1831 Versions of Frankenstein

Why?
The deaths of loved ones, betrayal of others, and economic struggles caused Mary Shelley to change her philosophy
1831 Edition is simply chapters 1-24
It takes away from the purpose of having the 3 volumes
Readers are less aware of the split between Walton, the creature, and Frankenstein's narratives as a result
Difference in Structure

There is more context regarding...
The recent death of Mary Shelley’s first baby
Her dissatisfaction with Percy Shelley’s Romantic ideology
Her political observation of the aftermath of the French Revolution
Her scientific curiosity regarding the experiments with galvanic electricity.
1818: More background on Shelley
The epigraph from Milton's Paradise Lost that appeared on the title page of the first edition has been removed:

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?—
Epigraph Removed
1818: He expresses more free will and chooses not to continue his experiments
1831: He is seen entirely to be in the hands of fate. He seems to be helpless to counteract what nature has thrown at him
Frankenstein's Character Changed
1818: She is Victor's cousin
1831: She is an orphan adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein
Elizabeth Lavenza
What is the difference between the 1818 and 1831 versions?
13 years
Ha ha ha
Differences Between 1818 & 1831 Versions of
Frankenstein
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