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"Superior Beings"

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Andrea Drygas

on 17 December 2013

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"Superior Beings"
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
The Bluest Eye
Replacement of God
Soaphead Church
Acts as god
Thinks that his jokes won't harm anyone
People actually invest faith into him
One of the most flawed human characters
How characters overtake, play, or act as superior beings.
By: Andrea Drygas
Mary Shelley
Titan, Prometheus
Religion vs Science
Romanticism vs the Enlightenment
Victor Frankenstein
Always interested in the sciences...fueled by...
his mother's death
experiences with nature
Professor Waldman
Professor Waldman (p. 27-28)
"But these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pour over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles. They ascent into the heavens; they have discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe. They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; tehy can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible sword with its own shadows."
Frankenstein (p. 30)
"After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." (p.30)

Frankenstein (p.32)
"Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light onto our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father would claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve their's." (p.32)

Interest it science
Introduction by Waldman
Isolation to work on project
Trying to play god
Obsession with science
Studies ancient alchemists
Creates creature
Isn't powerful enough; cannot control
The Creature
Created to be stronger/more advanced than any human (Ch. 5)
Immediately rejected
Tries to control the lives of others
The Creature (p.88)
"Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. 'Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of your's, more horrid from its very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested."

The Creature (p.97)
"We may not part until you have promised to comply with my requisition. I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects. This being you must create."

Toni Morrison
Elihue Whitcomb
Claims he is "A Reader, Adviser, and an Interpreter of Dreams"
Tells Pecola certain actions will attain blue eyes
Pecola believes him wholeheartedly
Pecola follow's his counsel
Goes crazy
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