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Nature In Frankenstein
Transcript of Nature In Frankenstein
Knowledge and Symbolism for Nature
- Light is also a symbol for knowledge as well as discovery
- Light represents what is unknown
- This can be related to exceeding boundaries of nature and Frankensteins search for knowledge
- "As I stood at the door, on a sudden I beheld a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump" (Shelley 22).
Nature In Frankenstein
- Nature plays a vital role to the novel
- Nature is prominent throughout all of Mary Shelley's Frankentsein
- The tenent of nature is used in a way of contrast
- this is between the ideal of nature and the complete opposite being the man made creation
- The idea is that attempting to exceed the limitations of nature lead to negative results
- Frankensteins need to do this ultimately leads to his downfall
- "I have always described myself as always having been imbued with a fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature" (Shelley 34).
- A symbol used for nature in the novel is light and fire
- This starts with Victors interest in science coming from lightening
- Light is perceived as a negative aspect sometimes, for example with the monster. ("Light pressed upon [his] nerves")
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Fire As A symbol
- Fire is used throughtout the novel symbolically
- represents danger and reprocussions
- The monsters discovery of fire leads to danger
"A flash of lightning illuminated the object and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy demon to whom I had given life."