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AP style analytic essay: options and models

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Transcript of AP style analytic essay: options and models

Introduction (options)
Define the terrain or terms of the paper
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
is about a monster. Monsters can be scary, or pathetic, or threatening, or relatable. Frankenstein's monster is a creature made of human parts, created by a human, and yet not fully human. An outsider like Dr. Frankenstein (and like some of us), he intrigues us, repels us, and ultimately speaks to the nature of difference and the complexities of being human.
Mary Shelley's
Frankenstein
features Dr Frankenstein, enlightenment scientist, and the monster, a creature, created by a human, and yet not fully human. Creativity, and struggle, both Romantic endeavors, are fraught with potential dangers. What if your creation fails, harms people, harms you, does not become the transcendent art you imagined? What if it's dangerous to mess with human life when creating? Is it unnatural? Perhaps, but how about the monster's feelings, the monster's right to exist as a half-human? These questions form the terrain of the novel, which is ultimately about the Romantic nobility and complexity of being an outsider.
Contextualize paper/topic(s) within historical framework
Frankenstein
, Mary Shelley's most important novel, and her first effort, emerged from the tension between Enlightenment belief in reason and Romantic value of emotion. Intellectuals in Shelley's era saw science as the potential savior of mankind, in tension with the stirrings of Romantic belief in the individual, in the creative power to transcend, and in the nobility of being human. The novel creates implications about creation, the individual and the nature of being human, in the midst of this tension.
Shelley's
Frankenstein
is the story of science gone wrong. Victor Frankenstein, inventor, aspires to lift science to its highest power by creating a humanoid being. The result: a monster, a creature partially human yet flawed, crippled by the scientific flaws of creation. The monster aspires to love, aspires to humanity, yet thrashes toward emotion and fails at reason. The monster becomes destructive. Frankenstein, fearful, attempts to destroy the creature. Through this tale, Shelley creates implications about power and control gone astray, through the tensions between reason and emotion.
Body Paragraph Options
Body ¶ 1
Topic Sentence: In the beginning of the novel, Shelley reveals how Frankenstein's identity is embedded in the monster.
Body ¶ 2
Topic Sentence: By the midpoint of the novel, Frankenstein and the monster are locked in a power struggle.
Body ¶ 3
Topic Sentence: At the novel's end, the monster reveals various truths about the nature of being human, as does Frankenstein, his creator.
Body ¶ 1
Shelley creates implications about identity throughout the novel.
Body ¶ 2
Body ¶ 3
Chronological
Concept-based
Characters
Imagery
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Body ¶ 2
Body ¶ 3
Body ¶ 3
Body ¶ 2
Body ¶ 1
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Options for Conclusion
Shelley explores the implications of human identity in the monster.
Shelley examines Victor Frankenstein's conflicted identity as a scientist and dreamer, creating implications about human nature.
The character of Victor Frankenstein develops in terms of his inner conflicts between emotion and reason.
The monster, created by Frankenstein, faces his own issues of identity as a creature with some aspects of human nature, and some tensions between his rational and emotional needs.
(this form of essay may not need a third body paragraph)
Conclude about viewpoint(s)
Conclude about implications regarding human nature, being human
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Shelley uses imagery of the wilderness to convey ideas about the conflict between civil (city, science) and primal (wilderness, emotion) realms in human life.
Imagery of house, home, city
and laboratory works together in
Frankenstein
to create a sense
of the sometimes constricting
values and imperatives of civil
society.
Using images of Frankenstein's body in contrast with the bodies of human characters, like Victor, the old man, and Elizabeth, Shelley creates implications about human nature and difference.
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