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Frankenstein

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Transcript of Frankenstein

Frankenstein
• Born Aug. 30, 1797
• Married Percy Shelley
• Published Frankenstein in 1820
• Died of brain cancer on Feb 1, 1851

MARY SHELLEY
Life
• Daughter of philosopher and political writer
• No formal education

MARY SHELLEY
Background
• Began late 17th century
• Valued reason, intellect, and individualism
• Respected the scientific method
• Intended to challenge tradition

GENRES
Enlightenment
• It was Lord Byron that prompted Shelley to pen the story
ORIGINS
Yo Shelley, let's like... write horror stories.
Frankenstein is NOT the creature
• Part of late 18th Century
• Reaction to industrial revolution
• Meant to challenge enlightenment (but not individuality)

GENRES
Romanticism

(Part 1)
Focused on emotions
Reaction to the scientific rationalization of nature
Emotions are a valid basis for making decisions
Valued emotions such as apprehension, horror, terror, and awe

GENRES
Romanticism
(Part 2)
SUMMARY OF FRANKENSTEIN
Narrated by Victor (with anecdotes from Robert)
Victor discovers the secret of life: ELECTRICITY

SUMMARY
Made creature large because of difficulty of replicating body parts
Creature is horrendous
Victor flees

SUMMARY
Part 2
AURRGH*
• Creature tracks Victor down and demands a mate
• Victor creates her, then destroys her

SUMMARY
Part 3
• In retaliation, the creature murders Victor's new wife
• Victor later dies of natural causes

SUMMARY
Part 4
Not cool, bro
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
THEMES
Curiosity killed the cat
and satisfaction brought it back
THEMES
THEMES
THEMES
THEMES
Pursuit of knowledge
Research and experimentation
Tried to play God
"I am afraid we have eyes bigger than our stomachs, and more curiosity than capacity. We embrace everything, but we clasp only wind."
~Michel de Montaigne
Call me Monty
Prometheus
Proceeded despite the results
Gift of life
• Chemist/scientist
• Harnessed electricity
• Tragic flaw = confidence/pride

CHARACTERS
Victor Frankenstein
Science
Explorer
Wanted to do impossible things
Documented his journey through letters to sister
Learned from Victor's mistakes

CHARACTERS
Like humans, experiences changed him
Craved knowledge
Responded immaturely

CHARACTERS
Robert Walton
Frankenstein's Monster/Creature
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Do you think before you act?
Does it help?
Describe a time when you learned from someone else's mistakes.
Hypothesis
Procedure
Results

Ignoring the Results
*Actual quote from
Frankenstein
Based upon your knowledge of the story of Frankenstein, reconstruct the doctor's scientific process.

Include:
1) Hypothesis
2) Procedure
3) Results
Part 1
Of Cannibals
I AM FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER RAAAWDIWEFNOEFNNWOOOOOOAAAAAR
AD HOMINEM
Frankenstein
& "Of Cannibals"

Death and Dinner


MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
LIFE OF
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
PHILOSOPHY
Skeptic
Sought to humble man's pride
Believed humans were not superior to other creatures
Lived during Age of Mannerism
BARBARIANISM
"Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice." ~Monty
BARBARIANISM
"A primitive, less advanced, or simplistic ethos, or societal condition; also, behavior appropriate to a barbarian that is uncivilized, brutal, or crude."
The Dictionary
CANNIBALISM
AS NECESSITY
Donner Party
Raft of Medusa
Andes Flight Disaster (1972)
Antarctic France (Modern day Brazil)
Prisoners of war
Scare tactic
Sign of power
CANNIBALISM
As a culture
CANNIBALISM
Some modern examples
Issei Sagawa
Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal
Rocky Horror Picture Show
POP CULTURE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Why is cannibalism moral/immoral?
If you had no other choice, if your life depended on it, would you consume human flesh?
Are Monty's sources reliable?
Is his conclusion supported?
Written in 1580
Monty received all his information about the cannibals from a sailor
Of Cannibals
Born February 28, 1533
Studied law at University of Toulouse
Served as mayor of Bordeaux in 1581
Died of quinsy September 13, 1592
Bonjour again
What's for dinner?
REVIEW
Jeffrey Dahmer
[Cannibal joke]
Part 2
Part 1
AD HOMINEM
Abusive ad hominem directly attacks the person.
"You committed [crime], therefore your opinion is invalid."



ABUSIVE
Circumstantial ad hominem attacks a person's situation.
"You're too young to understand."
"Of course the poor want free healthcare. They are the ones that benefit the most from it."
CIRCUMSTANCIAL
AD HOMINEM
Ad Hominem means "against the person."
Arguments do not have personal qualities.
AD HOMINEM
Frankenstein
Romanticism
Pursuit of Knowledge
FRANKENSTEIN IS NOT THE MONSTER
Of Cannibals
Skepticism
Relativity of morality
Ad Hominem
Abusive
Circumstantial
Barbarianism is relative or subjective
1981
1978-1991
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