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Romantic Elements of Frankenstein

English assignment... AWESOMNESS!

Alex Mcnatt

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Romantic Elements of Frankenstein

Romantic Elements of Frankenstein Presented By:
Hallee Barbee, Hannah Mans, & Alex McNatt Examples of Romanticism Supernatural - Emotions - Nature - The Individual - Science - Symbolism - Imagination - Emotions Outweighing Rationality - Elevation of the Common - Primitivism - to "Sometimes I grew alarmed at the wreck I perceived that I had become; the energy of my purpose alone sustained me: my labours would soon end, and I believed that exercise and amusment would then drive away incipient disease; and I promised myself both of these when my creation should be complete" (Shelley 41). His will to succeed overpowered
his will to maintain his health. "No sooner did that idea cross my imagination than I became convinced of its truth..." (Shelley 59). (After Frankenstein sees the monster near
William's location of murder) He is imagining the
monster killing William. "Believe me Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity" (Shelley 82) (Monster Speaking) Represents idea of people being born not evil. "But I consented to listen, and seating myself by the fire which my odious companion had lighted, he thus began his tale" (Shelley 83). He is not just hanging out by the fire having a chat with a friend, but with the being he created. We chose this quote because it takes a seemingly average situation and elevates it significantly by the use of one detail. "About two o'clock the mist cleared away, and we beheld, stretched out in every direction, vast and irregular plains of ice, which seemed to have no end" (Shelley 9) This quote represents romanticism in that it is mysterious and ominous. "Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows deprives the soul both of hope and fear" (Shelley 72). This is right after Justine dies. It expresses pain, but also the pain of knowledge and certainty. "But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil. I have no friend, Margaret..." (Shelley 4). Shelley gives a sense of individuality to all the characters. "... I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated
its limbs" (Shelley 42). The creature is a supernatural creation. "The ancient teachers of this science," said he, "promised impossibilities and performed nothing" (Shelley 32). Most of the first part of the book is about crossing science with supernatural. "Thus spoke my prophetic soul as, torn by remorse, horror, and despair, I beheld those I loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts" (Shelley 71). Justine and William symbolize innocence. They are both blameless and represent the domino effect of innocent lives that will fall due to one man's mistake. Romantic Architecture
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