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Transcript of Frankenstein
• Born Aug. 30, 1797
• Married Percy Shelley
• Published Frankenstein in 1820
• Died of brain cancer on Feb 1, 1851
• Daughter of philosopher and political writer
• No formal education
• Began late 17th century
• Valued reason, intellect, and individualism
• Respected the scientific method
• Intended to challenge tradition
• It was Lord Byron that prompted Shelley to pen the story
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)
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
SUMMARY OF FRANKENSTEIN
Narrated by Victor (with anecdotes from Robert)
Victor discovers the secret of life: ELECTRICITY
Made creature large because of difficulty of replicating body parts
Creature is horrendous
• Creature tracks Victor down and demands a mate
• Victor creates her, then destroys her
• In retaliation, the creature murders Victor's new wife
• Victor later dies of natural causes
Not cool, bro
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Curiosity killed the cat
and satisfaction brought it back
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
Proceeded despite the results
Gift of life
• Harnessed electricity
• Tragic flaw = confidence/pride
Wanted to do impossible things
Documented his journey through letters to sister
Learned from Victor's mistakes
Like humans, experiences changed him
Do you think before you act?
Does it help?
Describe a time when you learned from someone else's mistakes.
Ignoring the Results
*Actual quote from
Based upon your knowledge of the story of Frankenstein, reconstruct the doctor's scientific process.
I AM FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER RAAAWDIWEFNOEFNNWOOOOOOAAAAAR
& "Of Cannibals"
Death and Dinner
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Sought to humble man's pride
Believed humans were not superior to other creatures
Lived during Age of Mannerism
"Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice." ~Monty
"A primitive, less advanced, or simplistic ethos, or societal condition; also, behavior appropriate to a barbarian that is uncivilized, brutal, or crude."
Raft of Medusa
Andes Flight Disaster (1972)
Antarctic France (Modern day Brazil)
Prisoners of war
Sign of power
As a culture
Some modern examples
Silence of the Lambs
Rocky Horror Picture Show
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
Born February 28, 1533
Studied law at University of Toulouse
Served as mayor of Bordeaux in 1581
Died of quinsy September 13, 1592
What's for dinner?
Abusive ad hominem directly attacks the person.
"You committed [crime], therefore your opinion is invalid."
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."
Ad Hominem means "against the person."
Arguments do not have personal qualities.
Pursuit of Knowledge
FRANKENSTEIN IS NOT THE MONSTER
Relativity of morality
Barbarianism is relative or subjective