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Chapter 11 Presentation
Transcript of Chapter 11 Presentation
“Sometimes I wished to express my sensations in my own mode, but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again.” (pg 103)
The creature learns completely through observation
Plot and Structure
The chapter is told through the point of view of the creature which emphasizes the creatures viewpoints of himself and of society.
"But I was enchanted by the appearance of the hut; here the snow and rain could not penetrate; the ground was dry; and it presented to me then as exquisite and divine a retreat as Pandemonium appeared to the demons of hell after their sufferings in the lake of fire" (Shelley 105).
In groups of four, create a short skit of the villagers' reaction to the creature. Pick one person to be the creature and three people to be the villagers. Each villager must come up with their own feelings and reactions to the creature and explain why. The creature must also talk about his/her feelings and the significance of these feelings.
Discovery of Fire and its uses:
Connects to the story of Prometheus who gave the knowledge of fire to his creation. Similarly Frankenstein discovered the knowledge of the secret of life giving that to his creature.
The creature found that the fire looked good and felt good to start with but turned out to be dangerous when he got too close. The danger of the fire reflects the danger of the knowledge Victor used to create the monster.
"I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept." (Shelley 103)
shows the similarities and differences between him and normal humans.
emphasizes the creatures emotions behind his responses
shows the motives behind the creature's actions because it gives insight to the character.
"I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness; innumerable sound rang in my ears, and on all sides various scents saluted me; the only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon. (Shelly 103)
He finds the cottage where he can observe a family.
Through his observations he gained knowledge of both language and of culture.
People flee from the creature
Told through the creature's point of view this promotes sympathy for the creature and presents society in a negative light.
"When I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth i experienced from it. In my joy I thrust out my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain" (Shelley 104).
"I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country..." (Shelley 106).
"My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken"
The few experiences the creature has are not pleasant ones
“The silver hair and benevolent countenance of the aged cottager won my reverence, while the gentle manners of the girl enticed my love.” (pg 108)
The creature forms attachment to the first people that exhibit loving qualities.
“…I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain. How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects!” (pg 104)
If he gets too close he will get burned.
“The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me…” (pg 106)
They also offer great innovations that the Creature can utilize.
“But I was enchanted by the appearance of the hut; here the snow and rain could not penetrate; the ground was dry; and it presented to me then as exquisite and divine a retreat as Pandemonium appeared to the demons of hell after their sufferings in the lake of fire.” (pg 105)
“This hovel, however, joined a cottage of a neat and pleasant appearance, but after my late dearly bought experience, I dared not enter it.” (pg 106)
Represents a prison that society has forced the creature into
“In one of these [panes] was a small and almost imperceptible chink through which the eye could just penetrate.” (pg 107)
The hovel allows the creature to observe society but not interact.
“I started up and beheld a radiant form rise from among the trees. I gazed with a kind of wonder. It moved slowly, but it enlightened my path, and I again went out in search of berries.” (pg 103)
“The light became more and more oppressive to me, and the heat wearying me as I walked, I sought a place where I could receive shade.” (pg 102)
Gives the creature another quality of a monster
Shows the creature's interest in the moon and darkness.
" A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt, at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses."
-The old man represented the society rejecting the monster because of his physical appearance.
-the monster realized that he is different from humans
-Also represented how the monster is isolated and lonely
-This quote shows how the monster developed human senses and characteristics.
-He learned through all his personal experiences and things that he had seen when he was wandering in the forest.
-the monster has learning abilities like humans
-he is smart enough to teach himself how
to survive on his own without
someone helping him.
"I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain
- This shows the innocent side of the monster but he didn't know that fire can be dangerous.
-Also this shows how he experiences things through his senses like a child.
"He turned on hearing a noise; and, perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and, quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable. "
"Night quickly shut in, but to my extreme wonder, I found that the cottagers had a means of prolonging light by the use of tapers, and was delighted to find that the setting of the sun did not put an end to the pleasure I experienced in watching my human neighbours"
the monster tries to learn though his observation of the family
- This represents an allusion to the epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton. The story was about the fall of mankind and Adam and Eve's exile from the Garden of Eden.
"Here then I retreated, and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man" (Shelley 106).
- This statement contains a syllepsis, which shows that the Creature not only has to face harsh weather, but also society's judgement of him. The device puts emphasis on the different types of realities the creature must face, both the physical and mental barriers.
"He raised her and smiled with such kindness and affection that I felt sensations of a peculiar and overpowering nature; they were a mixture of pain and pleasure, such as I had never before experienced, either from hunger or cold, warmth or food; and I withdrew from the window, unable to bear these emotions" (Shelley 108).
- The Creature begins to develop feelings for things other than survival. He experiences pain and joy as he begins to understand human relations. He finds them beautiful, but he knows that he has never experienced a relationship with another human being.
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