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Mimetic Literary Criticism

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carina sotelo

on 10 December 2014

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Mimetic Criticism in Frankenstein
Thesis Statement- Mimetic literary criticism is unique and has been used in a variety of commentaries to help expose how the real world works. Many authors use this technique in their writings to help define the true meaning of humanity and life itself.

Carina Sotelo
Ms. Kineman
AP English Literature and Composition
10 December 2014

What is Mimetic Literary Criticism?
Mimesis is the idea that art imitates reality
Mimesis is developed and applied through mimetic theories of literature, theater and the visual arts during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
Plato believed that philosophy was superior to poetry but Aristotle argued that poetry is imitated in nature
Plato's Theory
Art being mimetic by nature also saying that art is an imitation of life.
Art requires imagination to create some of the best paintings, without imagination, creativity would not be possible.
Aristotle's Theory
Aristotle defense to Plato’s theory is that poetry is created through nature
Poetry to him is an imitation to an action not an imagination neither a book for teaching or preaching.
The primary focus of mimetic criticism is to show that there is a part of reality that is seen from the person who wrote the literature
Throughout the content, is showing the readers either the true or the harshness of the reality which they are a part of in their particular time period.

Key Words

Some important words related to mimetic criticism are; moral, reflection, imitation, philosophical, and nature.
These words are a key concept in mimetic criticism which form a shape that creates the mimetic criticism, is if an imagination from another time period or reality in the real world.
Mimetic In Frankenstein

The novel Frankenstein is about men setting themselves up as Gods in defiance of the true God as Adam was when he fell for the temptation that the serpent suggested.
In real life, the animation of the Frankenstein monster was inspired by real experiments with electricity being performed at that time which both deal with with the creation of an intelligent being, that lost favor with its creator.
Nature vs. Nurture
Mary Shelley uses the story of Frankenstein to relate to humanity by bringing up the themes of nature versus nurture.
"Playing God"
The monster is compared to Adam and the creation of man. As Shelley continues to describe the actions between the monster, Frankenstein, and the people in the story; she implies that no one is strictly good, and no one is strictly evil.
Mimetic literary criticism is very important in literature because it connects art, literature, with humanity and helps the reader connect with the commentary itself.
Works Cited

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"Themes, Issues and Ideas in Frankenstein." Themes, Issues and Ideas in Frankenstein. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

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Venhaus, Melanie. "What’s the Difference between Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?" Whats The Diff. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Frankenstein to the Titan Prometheus, who overstepped his bounds and stole fire from the gods. Frankenstein's character makes the same leap of decency and morality into creating life from death, playing with his own gods, and suffering the consequences.
It eases your way into the world

Captures the majority of life in simple forms
“It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.”

“Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal justice of man!”
Playing God
"Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred." Chapter 15
"I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel." Chapter 10
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