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Frankenstein

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Transcript of Frankenstein

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley Nature as an Escape from Reality
-Frankenstein Nature Turns on Frankenstein The Monster Characteristics Victor Frankenstein The Buildings Violent "Darkness had no effect upon my fancy; and a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become food for the worm." (79) Mood Psyche Nature's Contrast to the City "I have wandered here many days; the caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. These bleak skies I hail, for they are kinder to me than your fellow-beings." (126-127) "These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving." (122) "Oh surely, the spirit that inhabits and guards this place has a soul more in harmony with man, than those who pile the glacier, or retire to the inaccessible peaks of the mountain of their own country!" (181) "They [the natural landscape] elevated me from all littleness of feeling; and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquilized it." (122) Dismal "I must commence a destructive and almost endless journey across the mountainous ices of the ocean, - amidst cold that few inhabitants could long endure, and which I, the native of a genial and sunny climate could not hope to survive." (228) Nature as an Escape from Reality
-Frankenstein's Monster Nature Fear "Yet as I drew nearer home, grief and fear again overcame me." (102) "The picture a vast scene of evil, I foresaw obscurely that I was destined to become the most wretched of human beings." (102) The Romantic Era Dark, tormented beings will commit, or have committed ghastly sins
Cut off from obtaining appropriate values
Isolated, reclusive
Prone to violence
For the most part, ultimately doomed Character's will and actions often mimic their surroundings.
Tower spires were meant to be a physical manifestation of mankind's attempt to transcend into the supernatural
Most indoor locations are in mysterious castles or laboratories frequently containing secret rooms, hidden passages, or forgotten corridors. Gothic Novels: Tales of macabre and supernatural; usually set in haunted castles, graveyards, and wild picturesque landscapes.

Gothic Architecture: Emphasizes vertical lines as if "trying to grasp the heavens", an ambition that is shared by Frankenstein's desire to become godlike and create life. The architecture of the time was a physical representation of mankind's struggle against forces not of this world. Angles, demons and gargoyles would often be seen perched among the ledges of prominent buildings. Sound Check Fiend Daemon Creature Devil Victor, blinded by passion, has made his creation to be beautiful... and then when it comes alive it is as though he has seen it anew. After running away from it and falling asleep, he wakes up to find the monster reaching for him, and he believes the monster is trying to attack him. After this point, Victor is convinced that the monster is evil and he loathes it with all his being. He feels hate, fear, and a sense of loss, because he has made this abomination and left it. Since the monster feels abandoned, it destroys everything Victor loves, his friend, his brother, and finally, his wife! It justifies this action by saying that all he has ever known is hate. Victor now hates the monster, the solitary thought that passes through his mind is to exact vengeance on the monster. He is consumed with his hatred, and this leads to his death. After being "spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on" the monster understands that he has no place amongst mankind and retreats to the sanctuary of nature. Observing a family in secret, it learns to speak and to reason. When the family discovers him, they uproot their way of life as lowly as it is and leave in fear. In a fit of pure rage the monster burns down their cabin and sits among the ruins reflecting upon his deed. Hatred for Frankenstein sets in as he realizes the atrocity of his own existence. To spite Frankenstein for bringing him into this world, the monster eliminates Frankenstein's family and friends from the world in an ironic series of murders. To compound this further, hatred turns to jealousy when Frankenstein takes a wife and denies the monster one. How the characters are portrayed "A life of conflict with no time for friends...so that when it's done, only our enemies leave roses. Violent lives, ending violently."
~Rorschach, Allan Moore Thank you for listening!
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