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Metaphors in Frankenstein

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Tristen Nettles

on 18 February 2014

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Transcript of Metaphors in Frankenstein

What is a metaphor?
A metaphor is a comparison of two subjects without using like or as.
Examples of basic metaphors:
You're the apple of my eyes.
Her home was a prison.
John is a real pig when he eats.
That throws some light on the question.
Mary Shelley/Monster
Metaphors in Frankenstein
The monster itself is a metaphor for humanity.
"The world was to me a secret, which I desired divine."
"We passed a fortnight in these perambulations: my health and spirits had long been restored, and they gained additional strength from the salubrious air I breathed, the natural incidents of our progress..."
Breaking down the metaphors
Metaphors in Frankenstein
Preambulations- The process of inspecting on foot.

Salubrious- Healthy
The Monster is a metaphor for humanity because, as humans the monster was "born" pure. It wasn't until he was exposed to the torments of humanity that he became murderous and vengeful.
The curiosity shown by Victor is ultimately what drives him to try to discover the secret of life. He uses the word "divine" here to mean "to figure out," but as he searches for the way in which one can create life, he also is searching for a way to be divine and create life as God creates life. (Act of playing god)
As the Monster progresses, Victor takes sustenance from nature, and it becomes his personal therapy when he undergoes torment or stress. By chapter five, Shelley creates a connection between Victor and nature. Instead of describing his moods with metaphor, as in earlier images, she describes his recovery from grave illness through his obsession with nature. Although nursed by his closest friends, it is the breathing of the air that finally gives him strength.
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