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Influence Of Frankenstein In Literature

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Kevin McVeigh

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of Influence Of Frankenstein In Literature

Themes Of Frankenstein
The Idea of a Monster,
Forbidden Knowledge,
Technological Innovations and

The Monster
Within this branch we will explore novels which feature a monster in their plot. There are two types of monsters that come from the text of Frankenstein that appear literature.
The books we will be exploring will be
Stephen King - The Shining
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mocking Bird
Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Technological Innovations & Rebellion
Within this branch we will explore the themes of technological innovations and rebellion against the creator.
The books we will be exploring are
Asimov- I, Robot
Kazuo Ishiguro- Never Let Me Go
Philip K. Dick’s- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Martin Cadin- Cyborg
Influence Of Frankenstein In Literature

To Kill a Mocking Bird
With in the novel Boo Radley is labeled as a monster causing the town to ostracize him
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo shows us what can happen to somebody if their looks are "monstrous"
I, Robot
Isaac Asimov, the author, shows us that at some point our own creations will have a superior intellect than ours and eventually rebel against us, their creator, even with rules and regulations.
Never Let Me Go
In this novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, we explore the technological innovations of creating human clones, yet only used to harvest organs.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
In this novel by Martin Caidin, a man who is clinging onto life is rebuilt into a bionic man. It was the inspiration for the TV movie,
The Six Million Dollar Man
In the world that Philip K. Dick creates, the human race rejects the clones that they create. The clones rise up and rebel against the humans. This book was adapted into the movie Blade Runner.

The Literal Monster
The Monster ostracized by Society
IT by Stephen King

Pennywise the Dancing clown from
Stephen King's IT
is a literal monster.
Intelligent and terrifying,
it drive's it's victims their deaths.
Forbidden Knowledge
Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Within this branch, we will explore the theme of Forbidden Knowledge relevant to Shelley's Frankenstein and other works of Literature
One of the most famous monsters in fantasy literature, the Balrog from Lord of the Rings is a terrifying being of evil that kills anyone it encounters
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series focuses around a piece of forbidden knowledge: how to achieve immortality. The antagonist of the series Lord Voldemort achieves this by killing innocent people in order to split one's soul and hide it in inanimate objects. However it forever warps his body to reflect the cruel person he is.
The Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft
The Necronomicon is a collection of short stories, many of which deal in the theme of forbidden knowledge and the consequences of using it. One of the more well known stories, The Call of Cthulu, is about a man who pursues his grandfather's research and ends up releasing Cthulu upon the Earth, damning mankind
These themes originated from the novel Frankenstein and have prevailed in literature over the years. They are present in many novels we know today
One huge example is the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

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