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Power of science

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Amanda Down

on 23 April 2015

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Transcript of Power of science

Some readers have seen 'Frankenstein' as an illustration of fear of the power of science. To what extent do you agree with this view of the novel?
Ask some questions to help you understand the question!

what is 'the power' of science?
what is science capable of?
how does science effect people?
why might science evoke fear?
Find examples of science in the novel and consider how each one is shown to be powerful and something which is feared.

Examine how Shelley uses language, form and structure to shape the way in which each example of science is presented within the novel !

Can you argue that your examples show science to be powerful but not necessarily fear inducing?
Use your text!
Is this reading of the novel influenced by contextual factors?

What was Mary Shelley's background?

Does she present the ideals of the Romantics opposed to those represented by the Age of Enlightenment?

How does a fear of science reflect the literary context of the Gothic?
What about the context?
Your question asks 'to what extent', so what else might this novel be an illustration of the fear of?

Man? His quest and thirst for knowledge? What he will do in order to get that knowledge?
Transgressions?
Obsession?
Something else?
...and now for something different (AO3)
How does the presence of Robert Walton affect the text's treatment of science?
What is his scientific motivation and goal?
How does it differ from the scientific quest that Victor Frankenstein relates?
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