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Transcript of Frankenstein Overview
by Mary Shelley
The Monster tells
a story to Victor
Who tells that story
Who tells that story to his sister
The death and writings of her mother
The death of her child, half sister, and Percy Shelley's first wife.
Galvanism: the reanimation
of dead tissue with electricity
Some more helpful terms
Gothic novel: writing involving
mystery,horror, and the
Allusion: a reference in writing
to a work of art, piece of
literature, mythology, or Biblical
story or character.
A story within
Allusions in Frankenstein:
"Rime of the
Myth of Prometheus
And the following allusions...
One in which the reader
gains information from characters through their letters. This could be from one character (Walton) or several.
Wollstonecraft died giving birth to Mary.
Authorship in question?
Origins of story?
Mary was only 18 when she started writing the story
Published anonymously when she was 20
Percy had already established himself as a writer
Initially received unfavorable reviews:
"A tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity"
However, within the Romantic era and continuing through today, it's considered a great example of tragedy, allegory, and social commentary.