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Frankenstein Overview

A brief introduction to Frankenstein
by

Ms. Bailey

on 21 October 2016

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Transcript of Frankenstein Overview

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Framed narrative?
The Monster tells
a story to Victor
Who tells that story
to Walton
Who tells that story to his sister
Influences
The death and writings of her mother
The death of her child, half sister, and Percy Shelley's first wife.
Scientific progress
Galvanism: the reanimation
of dead tissue with electricity
Some more helpful terms
Gothic novel: writing involving
mystery,horror, and the
supernatural.
Allusion: a reference in writing
to a work of art, piece of
literature, mythology, or Biblical
story or character.
A story within
a story
Allusions in Frankenstein:
Paradise Lost
"Rime of the
Ancient Mariner"
Myth of Prometheus
And the following allusions...
such as...
Mary Wollstonecraft
Epistolary novel:
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"
"Godless" "Atheist"
"Too feminine"
However, within the Romantic era and continuing through today, it's considered a great example of tragedy, allegory, and social commentary.
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