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Frankenstein

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Presenting Mary Shelley's classic: Frankenstein Presentation by Hermanie Chiong, Jeffrey Kung, Eileen Li In the late 1700's, there was an Englishman who had a dream... Victor Frankenstein Theme Hatred often blinds one from all joys and possibilities by consuming them with a desire for revenge. ...to sail to the unknown lands in the North... Change In Personality

Although the future doctor was naturally a withdrawn person, being surrounded by cheerful individuals such as his foster sister Elizabeth and his best friend Henry Clerval eventually led himself to become a particularly cheerful individual himself. Somebody who laughed and joked with his friends and family. Somebody who loved nature and sightseeing. Somebody who truly loved life.jj After many months of sailing, the Englishman and his ship was caught in a dangerous storm. It was on that fateful night that he met Doctor Frankenstein... Discovered to be deathly ill, Frankenstein was rescued by the sailors. After weeks of care, the Englishman slowly gained the trust and friendship of his mysterious guest. He was curious about his life, but dared not ask. Finally, after more than a week, the stranger called for him and said... "I had determined at one time that the memory of these evils should die with me, but you have won me to alter my determination. Prepare to hear of occurrences which are usually deemed marvelous." And then, the stranger began to speak. I was born in Geneva, to a well-distinguished family.
My childhood was full of happiness and freedom. At 17, I left my home to study at the University of Ingolstadt, in Germany. At the university, I became consumed by a sinful desire: to understand the principles of life. After years of research, I, alone out of all great minds in the world, came to possess its secrets. I was determined to create a new species, superior to humans. To create artificial life. For months I worked on my creation, obtaining parts from slaughterhouses and graveyards. It was only when the monster opened its eyes, that I realized I had created an abomination. The guilt tore me apart. I had released a murdering monster, with a taste for human blood, onto the world. I escaped the university, and returned to my native country. I soon discovered that the monster had murdered my sweet, innocent brother. Horrified and sick, I turned to the mountains for escape.

It was there that the monster found me. He told me he was lonely, and begged me to make him a companion. I refused. This monster has committed unspeakable crimes to my family. I have followed him here, and I will have my revenge. This is my story. Frankenstein The story of Review of Frankenstein Appeal: -Historical references (sorcery, alchemy, grave robbing)
-Detailed descriptions
-Highly stylized writing
-Deep themes Rating Criteria: Writing Style:
Plot:
Ability to Provoke Emotion:
Ending:
Character Development:
Efficient Use of Words: Point System: Writing Style: 2.5
Efficient Use of Words: 2
Plot: 3
Ability to Provoke Emotion: 4
Ending: 4
Character Development: 3 Ratings for Frankenstein: 0: Worse than awful
1: Awful
2: Bearable
3: Average
4: Good
5: Great Point System: 0: Worse than awful
1: Awful
2: Bearable
3: Average
4: Good
5: Great Recommendation: Why should YOU read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein? -Classic
-Themes
-Unique/different Writing Style
-History Nobody could ever predict the moping, unhinged individual that would emerge after he returned from his corrupt pursuit of science... Significant Traits of Major Characters Web of Relations § The aftermath of the doctor's sinister deeds led him to became a daunted, gloomy husk of a man. breaking any contact with his family and friends to seclude himself in creating life. His uncanny behavior worsened after the creation of the grotesque monster. Frankenstein soon became horrified and depressed, living in constant fear, knowing that both he and his family was at the mercy of the ten foot tall monster. As the monster went on to do more unspeakable acts, the doctor became hateful and bitter, and soon committing himself to animal-like obsession in killing the monster. Obsesstion
A particularly frightful trait that Frankenstein possesses is his obsession towards his desires. Shown through multiple instances, the doctor was always willing to put himself through shocking conditions in order to achieve his goals. A particular example of this was when he was working on reanimating the dead corpse. To fully immerse himself in his work, the scientist shut himself in his cramped laboratory for two dreary years, all this time depriving himself of food and sleep and choosing not to associate with his family in any way. "A Shallow Quality"

- The doctor was somebody who judged other based on their appearances.
- This was shown when he thought his creation was evil because it was ugly.
- This hasn't changed throughout the story Frankenstein Influence To Others Characters Frankenstein
- Anybody who was particularly close to the doctor was in grave danger
- The doctor was the one who made Walton realize that it was not worth continuing on with the risky expedition in exchange for his life Historical References GRAVE ROBBING Alchemy Intelligence

Something notable about the monster was his intelligence, the monster was a being who was just as acute and articulate as his creator. When he encountered the De Lacey family, he understood that his actions could either benefit (helping chop firewood for them) or harm them (stealing from them) in just a few days. In only two months, he understood what emotions were, and was able to comprehend the history of the family and the story of Felix and Safie. Within only eight months, he was able read and speak fluent English, French, and German. "A Keen Mind" - In just a few days, the monster realized that his actions could have a positive or negative effect on nearby people.
- In two months, he learned the history of the family who was living near him from only observation.
- In eight months, he learned how to read and speak English, French, and German. When his efforts at befriending society continued to be unavailing, the hopeful desires that he once possessed were soon consumed by bitter thoughts of vengeance against his creator. These spiteful thoughts intensified after his creator broke his promise to grant the monster happiness. It was only after weeks of attaining his revenge did he realize that he started to develop a sense of attachment to his creator, seeing that he was the only one who made contact with him. - The creature's actions show that he is a truly compassionate being.
- He stopped stealing from them after he realized it hurts them, and started to help out with their chores. The monster also saved a little girl who was drowning.
- However, his ugliness resulted him being feared and shunned. The Monster Clerval Clerval's particularly cheerful personality contrasted his best friend's gloomy disposition. Being a sensitive and kind-hearted man, Frankenstein mentioned that he was "the image of his former self".

Henry was also particularly caring to his friends, shown when he traveled all the way to Ingolstadt just to check on his childhood companion. He was so compassionate that he was willing to spend months of his time nursing the doctor back to health. Character Analysis Description of Changes In Dynamic Characters Victor Frankenstein As the monster gradually became more intelligent, he realized that he only desired one thing: to be accepted by mankind, never suspecting of just how fearfully, and violently, people would react to him. Personality Changes in Frankenstein's Monster consumed by their thirst for revenge Characters all motivated by hatred + thirst for revenge
Monster abhorred creator for abandonment
Frankenstein loathed the Monster for harming his loved ones Storyline: Goal: To destroy enemy Did they ever find joy and satisfaction? Frankenstein eventually passed away, ill with sorrow and regret
The Monster, although goal of destroying Frankenstein was accomplished, remained in melancholy "A Joyful Disposition"

- Clerval was always cheerful.
- Frankenstein described him as "the image of his former self". "Compassion"

- Henry is particularly kind and affectionate
- He chose to spend months of his time nursing his friend back to health. Elizabeth Lavenza "A Pleasant Individual"

- Elizabeth was a particularly cheerful and positive.
- She still tries to be optimistic and joyful even after so many of her loved ones died. "Unconditional Love"

- The love that Elizabeth had for Frankenstein was unmistakable.
- Extremely concerned for his well-being when he traveled to Germany
- She never complained of the ambiguity in their relationship. Robert Walton Elizabeth uiuy "A Hideous Human?" "Duty Calls"

- An admirable quality about Frankenstein was his sense of responsibility.
- The doctor was willing to do unspeakable things and get himself killed just to protect humanity
- Felt he was obligated to kill the monster because he was the one who created it. "A Bold Explorer"

-Walton is an adventurous individual who attempts to find a new passage through the Northern Sea.
-He wanted to make this discovery not only to benefit humans, but also for fame. "Isolation"

-Walton had no companions on his ship, thinking the men he hired were too different from him fro them to become friends.
-He felt that he and Frankenstein could become good friends. The Monster
- Killed almost all of the doctor's loved ones.
- This forced Frankenstein to experience the loneliness and isolation that the monster experience for his entire lifespan. Elizabeth Lavenza
- Elizabeth always cheered Frankenstein up whenever he felt unhappy.
- The fact that she might be placed in danger if the doctor didn't satisfy the monster made him reconsider his the decisions he was going to make.
- Her murder, like Clerval's, both depressed him and angered him at the same time. Clerval
- Cheered up Frankenstein whenever he felt miserable.
- The doctor was extremely saddened by his murder, but became furious became when he realized it was his monster who killed him Robert Walton
- He saved Frankenstein from an unquestionable death and took care of him.
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