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Frankenstein for EFL class

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Sonia Guilana

on 27 January 2016

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Transcript of Frankenstein for EFL class

It was a dark and stormy night...
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)
what do you know about the story?
the modern Prometheus
the classic Prometheus
monster movies
Lord Byron invites Mary and her lover, Percy Bysshe
Shelley, to Villa Dodati, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
In 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is 18
They tell ghost stories......
...and Mary has a dream.
Captain Walton's voyage:
"many things will appear possible in these wild and mysterious regions"
"Unhappy man! [...] Have you drunk also of the
intoxicating draft? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!"
"To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death."
Galvanism: the secrets of life?
Luigi Galvani's experiments in the 1790s: passing electric current through the frog's leg makes it seem as if it has come back to life.
Grisly science in the 18th and 19th centuries: common practices include experimentation on hanged murderers; grave robbing for bodies to dissect.
It's alive! 1931 (with Boris Karloff)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Frankenstein's questions
Boris Karloff
1910 film adaptation
Frankenweenie (2012)
any others?
Young Frankenstein
Rocky Horror Show (1975)
1931 classic: dir. James Whale, starring Boris Karloff
why have Frankenstein and his creature captured so many imaginations?
What are the most striking changes made in this adaptation?
Are Frankenstein and his creature more or less sympathetic?
A Romantic
Gothic Novel
Should scientific research have limits? Ethics and Genetics
What is the relationship between human rationality and emotion?
What is the role of the individual in relationship to society and the family?
What are the consequences of judging by appearances only?
Can you explore these dycothomies in the story?

It's the belief and practice which aims at
improving the genetic quality of the human population.
It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human genetic traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of people with desired traits (positive eugenics), and reduced reproduction of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics).
Wikipedia, 2015
some early 20th century methods involved identifying and classifying individuals and their families, including the poor, mentally ill, blind, deaf, developmentally disabled, promiscuous women, homosexuals, and racial groups (such as the Roma and Jews in Nazi Germany) as "degenerate" or "unfit", the segregation or institutionalization of such individuals and groups, their sterilization, euthanasia, and their mass murder
Many countries enacte various eugenics policies and programmes, including: genetic screening, birth control, promoting differential birth rates, marriage restrictions, segregation (both racial segregation and segregation of the mentally ill from the rest of the population), compulsory sterilization, forced abortions or forced pregnancies, and genocide.
and others...
Who is Frankenstein?
When did the story take place?
how many people died in the story?
defying GOD
Adapted from A. Lothian
What's Gothic? What's Romantic? Classify the ideas!

the power and beauty of nature
Gloomy setting
emotions, feelings in contrast to rationality
violent events
darkness and mystery
Hero: individual rebelling against society, an outcast
Loneliness and alienation
What's Gothic?
What's Romantic?

Choose from these ideas:

*the power and beauty of spectacular nature
*gloomy settings
*emotions, feelings in contrast to rationality
*violent events, deaths
*darkness and mystery
*a hero: individual rebelling against society, an outcast
*loneliness and alienation
What's Gothic?
What's Romantic?


*the power and beauty of spectacular nature
*gloomy settings
*emotions, feelings in contrast to rationality
*violent events, deaths
*darkness and mystery
*a hero: individual rebelling against society, an outcast
*loneliness and alienation
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