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Frankenstein Imagery

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Transcript of Frankenstein Imagery

"A mist covered both that and the surrounding mountains. Presently a breeze dissipated the clouds, and I descended upon the glacier. The surface is uneven, rising like the waves of a troubled sea, descending low, and interspersed by rifts that sink deep. The field of ice is almost a league in width, but I spent nearly two hours crossing it. The opposite mountain is a bare perpendicular rock" (Shelley 101).
Influence of the Setting on the Creature
Victor initially travels alone to experience natures healing powers
As Victor describes the setting as a harsh and cruel climate, the monster fits in perfectly with it's surroundings
In the isolation of the glaciers the monster is not criticized by society and is molded into the cold creature that he is
Monster's Ideal Reality
Description of the Creature
"His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!- Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips" (Shelley 58).
"Observe how fast we move along, and how the clouds, which sometimes obscure and sometimes rise above the dome of Mont Blanc, render this scene of beauty still more interesting. Look also at the innumerable fish that are swimming in the clear waters, where we can distinguish every pebble that lies at the bottom" (Shelley 197).
Theme
A person's surroundings and interactions with the outside world influence ones character and behavior.
Frankenstein Imagery
Reader's Perspective of the Creature
The audience is introduced to Frankenstein's creation as a monster
Over time the reader views him as mislead
The reader feels sympathy for him because he is not accepted into society
Due to the harsh criticism of society readers can understand why he makes rash decisions
Victor's Experience at Mont Blanc
Victor's view of the beauty of Mont Blanc reminds him of Elizabeth
Once she is killed Victor no longer perceives nature the same way and is only focused on finding the creature
Victor's behavior is influenced by the death of Elizabeth
With nobody left, Victor realizes he has nothing left caring for
After Victor's experience on Mont Blanc he no longer sees beauty the same
"... green banks interspersed with innumerable flowers, sweet to the scent and the eyes, stars of pale radiance among the moonlight woods; the sun became warmer, the nights clear and balmy; and the nocturnal rambles were an extreme pleasure to me, although they were considerably shortened by the late setting and early rising of the sun..." (Shelley 121).
Description of Mont Blanc
Setting when he Meets the Monster
Monster's Dream Reality
The monster has a false hope that he will be able to live with the Delacey family
The audience views the setting as beautiful and with the monster the scene does not fit in
The family gives him false hope that he could someday be accepted into society
When he finally introduces himself to the family he realizes he is ugly and will never be accepted in this world
Victor's Life-like Nightmare
"... I thought I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; I shroud and enveloped her form and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the fold of flannel. I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered and every limb became convulsed: when by the dim and yellow light of the moon as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the retched- the miserable monster whom I had created" (Shelley 59).
Victor's Nightmare
During the construction of the monster, Victor is surrounded by dead corpses
This isolation influences his behavior through his desire to create the monster
Eventually when the monster becomes reality he is haunted by the creature causing him to grow sick and have nightmares
Due to the seperation from society, Victor goes slightly crazy without any human interactions
Leah Hibbad and Hannah Taylor
Ms. Boswell
English 12
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