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Chapters 4 and 5 Frankenstein

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Transcript of Chapters 4 and 5 Frankenstein

Chapter 4 and 5 - Frankenstein
A close reading of chapter 4
CHAPTER 5
Read the opening 2 paragraphs of the chapter. What do you make of them? On your tables, compare your annotations.
Considering Critical Readings
Watch the following clip on this extract.
We will return to these alternative readings but to recap:
LIBERAL HUMANIST
- taking the words at face value.
PSYCHOANALYTIC
- A set of theories that revolve primarily around the ideas of FREUD
FEMINIST

- A set of theories that examine the role of women and their presentation
MARXIST
- A set of theories that examine the novel as a comment on social hierarchy
Reading on in Chapter 5
Which reading do you find most appropriate to the DREAM in this chapter?
Frankenstein chooses his path....
From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry ...became my sole occupation.
Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed?
To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.
I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
A new species would bless me...
I seemed to have lost all soul and sensation.
Victor has locked himself away and created LIFE.
How do you feel about Frankenstein at this point?
Prometheus?
God Like?
Hubris?
THEMES?
Father/son relationships
Obsession
Isolation
Knowledge
Transgression
Life vs death
Science vs religion
Nature
Can you now add quotes for the themes we opened with?
You have an extract from Chapter 4 on your table.

Annotate this extract carefully for:
Elements of the Gothic
Linguistic/literary features worthy of note
The way Shelley builds a sense of fear

YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES...
(Start video at 5.00)
-REF: The first 5 mins describe English at Goldsmiths...
PHYSICAL PRESENCE...
What do you make of the description of the monster?

Faintly Byronic?

Remind you of anyone in TBC?
What do you make of the dream?

What would the theorists make of it?
Consider the awakening of and Frankenstein's first interaction with the monster - how is fear created?
What's with the Coleridge extract?
The physical mirroring the psychological...
A key theme of the gothic.
HOW DOES SHELLEY INDICATE FRANKENSTEIN'S RECOVERY?
Consider the title of the next essay...
In the introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley declares that she desires to “curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart,” with her story. To what extent do you believe Shelley to have been successful in creating a sense of fear and terror within her novel?
REMEMBER 1-3?
STARTER
: QUOTATION SHEETS - 3 minutes per sheet!
Fathers/sons
Gothic female
Gothic protagonists
Knowledge
Setting
Death
Fear
Isolation
Nature
Science

Read the 'hero' sheet.


Which description best suits Frankenstein so far?
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