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Transcript of Frankenstein

Important Quotes
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Literary Eye
1. Aphorism: When Frankenstein was first created, the author was in a time where romanticism was the new in, so with romantics they really concentrated on idea's that would move away from science, therefore shelley wanted to convey a message by using this knowledge. I.E. "'Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.'"
Diction/Syntax Expert
In the book "Frankenstein" one of the connections that Frankenstein has is to modern day people. The connection is his feelings; Frankenstein feels depressed and lonely and this is an emotion that every human in modern day life once experiences.
by: Moriah Allen, Alejandra Amaro-Martinez, Adam Benezra, Ignacio Robles, Serena Walker
The picture fits the quote because the quote states that he is fearless and powerful. The cat shows no fear and that it has power over the water, as to cats are normally "afraid" or it is more common for them to dislike water.So as it states "I am fearless therefore I am powerful" it gives you that sense that the monster can overcome anything that is in his way, and that he will be successful with every obstacle.
"If I can not inspire love, I will cause fear!" Mary Shelley,
This quote and picture go together because whoever made up mephobia, needs fear in their life, because you cant always get what you want in life. And to be the most awesome person in the world is unreasonable.
“...learn from my miseries, and do not seek to increase your own.”
The quote matches the picture because the quote is saying to not make the same mistakes/"miseries" as someone else. Obama then states that he doesn't want his daughters to be punished with a child, when grumpy cat believes his parents punished the U.S. with a child.
“Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”
“The world was to me a secret which I desired to devine.”
“The whole series of my life appeared to me as a dream; I sometimes doubted if indeed it were all true, for it never presented itself to my mind with the force of reality.”
I chose this picture to resemble this quote because dreams can appear to you as your reality, when it is actually just an illusion. And there are times that life wont seem real to you, so you eventually feel like you are dreaming and that your life is just a lie.
This quote and picture belong together because most secrets are kept quiet until someone starts to look into new information, like the book "Frankentstein" people find out new information and end up wanting to know more about it.
“Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. '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 resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.' - Frankenstein”
Like Frankenstein's monster, Zombies are the ugly and filthy version of humans, so they are "pushed away" and "disowned" from society. Frankenstein's monster was said to be ugly and the disgusting side of Dr. Frankenstein.
“I am alone and miserable. Only someone as ugly as I am could love me.”
Medusa resembles this quote because she turns everyone that stares into her eyes in to stone, which is a punishment due to her thinking she was the most beautiful creature there was to offer. So instead of her being the most beautiful, she became the ugliest, and became alone forever.
A connection can be made between the two main characters in Frankenstein and I Am Legend. Victor Frankenstein and Robert Neville both have a strong yearning for scientific discovery and strive to uncover new knowledge. However, they come to find that their newly found knowledge and discovery isn’t what was truly anticipated.
Another connection can be between Frankenstein and Prometheus. Dr Frankenstein is also a modern Titan Prometheus of Greek mythology in his desire to overcome man's limitations and gain God-like power. The full title of Mary Shelly's novel is Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
Connection between Frankenstein and Dracula.The Monster’s discovery of Victor's notes about his creation leads him on the road to self-discovery and self- destruction. Whereas Count Dracula destroys all of the papers that he reads, the Monster in Shelley’s novel is destroyed by what he reads, and sets his course for revenge.
Connection from Frankenstein to stereotypical horror movie. Frankenstein is portrayed as horror or Gothic but in reality Frankenstein is not scary and so are movies such as: Purge, and Scary Movie. These movies portray as that they are scary with dramatic effect and using "scary" sounds but they in reality are not scary.
"I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures, such as no language can describe."
I chose this picture for this quote because the picture shows someone trying to hide or to rip away their skin as if they are ashamed or they are feeling guilty of being the way that they are, just like how the monster feels through out the story.
“I am malicious because I am miserable.”
Just like this bird, the monster is defiant to the world. he doesnt care, but that is because he is living a miserable life. Unlike this bird. This bird is just cool. (x
“But soon, I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these burning miseries will be extinct.”
This picture fits the quote because the monster won't feel the pain that he has been feeling since hes been alive. So when he dies, he will find peace
“My own mind began to grow, watchful with anxoius thoughts.”
I felt that this picture of a toddler fit the quote perfectly because, like the toddler, the monster is anxious and curious about whatever is surrounding him. As children begin to grow, they become more curious. As the monsters' mind began to grow, he also became more curious and anxious about his surroundings.
2. Antithesis: Even though the monster had been created from man, it how he was not praised, but instead was hated for what he was. Shelley conveyed the monsters feelings with imagery and used antithesis to employ feelings of guilt. "'When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?'"
3. Imagery: Mary Shelley's favorite literary device will be imagery, throughout the whole novel she uses this to characterize the monster and even describe the intense emotions her characters feel, this brings out feelings in the reader"'You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains -- revenge, henceforth dearer than light of food! I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery.'"
5. Similie: "He strove to shelter her, as a fair exotic is sheltered by the gardener, from every rougher wind." Walton describes how Victor's father had to protect his mother like a flower, and viewing this in a feminists' lens it would show the reader on how woman were portrayed and handeled back in the 19th century.
6. Foreshadowing: Shelley uses foreshadowing as a strong literary devices to strengthen her ideas and also build suspense, for example when the monster tells Frankenstein "[He'll] be there on [Frankenstein's] wedding night" it builds the suspense of the monster killing off the doctors cousin.
7. Allegory: Frankenstein created his monster but when is comes down to it, who was the true monster? The Doctor had gone in graveyards digging up bodies and created the monster, the doctor was so self indulged in his creation that he lost a sense of who he was and it ended up being Frankenstein was the monster. "Great God! If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim."
4. Foreshadowing: Shelley's idea of foreshadowing was the core of her workit is how she strengthened her work and used it to envoy fear and horror within the audience, this can be seen in letters 1, 2, 3, and 4, as these letters were written by Walden in sense of the end of the book.
8. Metaphor: Shelley uses nature to portray women in general at time and show's how men harm woman and specifically how Frankenstein has violated "nature" and undermined it. "unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places"
In Frankenstein Mary Shelley properly uses imagery and strong, educated vocabulary to portray her book. Dr.Frankenstein feels many emotions throughout the novel and Mary Shelley is able to portray this beautifully with her higher level vocabulary. Words such as “sorrowful” and soothed” (Page 156) show much more description than a lower level vocabulary. Not only does her higher vocabulary show a more vivid image, but it also gives the work more meaning, “sorrowful” is used to describe Frankenstein’s intense emotions with anger and sadness with his creature. His creation kept on killing the people dearest to him, so naturally this would make one upset. The monster had begun to develop a form of intelligence after being created, he had feelings, thoughts and even cravings to murder. Frankenstein’s monster would always seem to appear whenever something bad would happen, mostly murders. This was not created by coincidence; Mary Shelley wanted the reader to be presented with some form of foreshadowing of Frankenstein's monsters’ appearances. This comes to tie in with the symbolism she had created with light and darkness. This light that she creates is a sense of everything good in the world and everything that Frankenstein is searching for, but what Frankenstein first created was what he believed was his light, but truly it was fire. Shelley used fire to symbolize the destructive nature of light and how it can be destructive. Another way to view Mary Shelley’s views would be through the time era this was written. Mary Shelly had published this book in 1818 which means she was around the time all these new discoveries are going around, especially with the whole scientific movement of the enlightenment, it basically lead up to this whole movement of ideas being shared and also questioned within the community. As Shelley is an English woman, she is at the heart of this movement of ideas. Her time alive was spent probably in the after math of the enlightenment, but the precedent was already set, and the whole “Free thinking” and more rational thinking was still in style, therefore, the whole concept of electricity. It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, which I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.” This quote shows a perfect example of what I am talking about, in the books little biography it hints at how Frankenstein is a bit about Mary Shelley’s life, and it is a bit of a reflection of her childhood, which is a pretty scary thing considering this is a horror novel, but this can also help the reader understand on why she writes about the topics she writes about in the book. One main thing is how Frankenstein was bringing back the dead corpse to life, Victor Frankenstein spent a lot of time at the graveyard digging up body parts and messing with electricity trying to reanimate the dead corpse he made. Apparently when you get a degree in organic chemistry you go crazy and decided that you are god and try to create your own Adam. Mary also likes to use very high level sentence structure and also establish her dominance in the English language and use very high level vocabulary, which is very impressive for a woman around this time since they were really looked down upon throughout the world’s history. A good example to show how Mary Shelley is able to show her higher level of vocabulary can be seen in this quote; “What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?” Shelley takes the sentence and creates her own unique image, she could have symbolized light rather easily with just asking “what can’t be expected from a place with endless light,” but instead the way she describes it, it creates a more beautiful and ideal feel of the County, and it shows Victor Frankenstein’s feelings towards the country, without having to switch to first person. “‘seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.'" This can be also used to help support the idea that Mary Shelley wrote this book based on her childhood life, and also how she would be writing this book about current events going on during her time. Mary Shelley could have been used to counteract the enlightenment at her time, in this quote it seems like Shelley wanted to get out a message on how this new wave of thinking was only getting everyone caught up in science and that these thinkers were coming up with very irrational and radical thinking towards science and they eventually became self-indulged within their discoveries that they just became lost and had no other purpose in life than making new scientific discoveries.
Shelley also wrote with a lot of imagery and various literary devices to get across her motifs. Apparently a lot of this book has to do with her life and how she perceived things, so this is basically a novel questioning the ways and thinking of the rational thinkers during this time of enlightenment. She used the monster as a symbol of the dangers of the new ideology being spread around. She used aphorism to describe the monster as Prometheus, a big Greek mythology icon to describe the story. She focused on this idea and showed the audience how the monster is the modern version of Prometheus, hence the title. The monster is used to symbolize the whole revolution of new technology and how it will be the end of them. She expressed a strong stance on this topic just by using the destructive nature of Frankenstein and his creation. So being given this whole new scientific invention and ideas, Frankenstein is punished for what he has given mankind. Shelley based this idea on all of the killings the monster did when Frankenstein rejected him he would go ballistic and kill his family each time he was rejected. Shelley foreshadowed this each time, especially when he killed the doctors cousin, his bride. Shelley used this scene as a way to show how self indulged the radical thinkers of her time we're way too into science that they didn't even care of women or pay any attention to them, the only thing that was important and interesting to them was science.
In the end you can view this novel as a way Shelley expressed her views on the new found rational thinking movement. She used the doctor as a symbol and also the monster to show the path science is taking them on.

The book "Frankenstein can be simply connected to modern day parents. In the book there are parental responsibility between Frankenstein and his creator and there is acts of social responsibility with Frankenstein.
Compassion and Forgiveness.
Frankenstein can be connected to the topic compassion and forgiveness because at the end of the book you realize that he himself is the main source of compassion. He relies on a compassion that is present only in himself. Unlike any other character in the book Frankenstein shows compassion and kindness but that is soon ruined by everything around him.
Frankenstein wants to get back at his creator and this is a sign of revenge. This can be compared to Batman. Batman became Batman after witnessing his parents dying in front of him, now all he wants is revenge and justice for Gotham City.
Frankenstein and Isolation can be compared in numerous ways. Since Frankenstein can't communicate with his surroundings normally, this causes him to be upset and angers him. One comparison that this can be compared to is to Special Ed kids or students with simple disabilities. Students with disabilities can often get jealous of other students that do not have problems which ca also lead to anger.
Victor and Jesus have a comparison between them with sacrifice. In Frankenstein, Victor thinks that the sacrifice that he makes is a good one but it turns out it wasn't because he did not think if his loved ones because it affects them just as much as it did him.
Monstrosity is a main theme in Frankenstein and can be related to many other "Monster" based stories. One in particular can be Werewolf stories. Both of them just want love but when they find it they can not have it because of how hideous they look.
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