Frankenstein - Gold Vocabulary

Rebecca Mae
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Key vocabulary relating to the 19th Century Novel, Frankenstein (Mary Shelley).

Rebecca Mae
Created by Rebecca Mae about 2 years ago
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Egotistical Self-obsessed; concerned about only one's own interests and feelings e.g. Victor is egotistical in his desires to advance science. He believes he can alter the natural order without consequences.
Sublime Contrasting feelings of awe and fear, typically felt in the presence of nature e.g. When Victor sees the lightning strike the tree, this evokes notions of the sublime.
Omnipotent All powerful, like a God e.g. In creating life, Victor attempts to become omnipotent, brandishing god-like power over humanity.
Marginalised Treated badly, discriminated against e.g. The creature is arguably a product of nurture. He becomes evil because of how he has been marginalised by society.
Moral Journey A metaphorical journey where you come to understand what is right and wrong e.g. By the end of the novel, at the point before Victor's death, both he and his creature have undertaken a moral journey, and come to understand that they have both sinned.
Subversion Where ideas or values are reversed e.g. When the creature confronts Victor, we see a clear subversion of power.
Isolation To be alone e.g. the creature suffers great isolation after his abandonment by Victor
Vulnerability Being exposed and at risk e.g. When the creature wakes in the forest, he shows great vulnerability, just like a child. He is comforted by the birds and fixes his eyes upon the moon "with pleasure".
Nurture To be looked after and cared for e.g. The argument of nature vs nurture is relevant to Frankenstein as we can consider whether the creature was a product of his nature or nurture.
Morality Our understanding of right and wrong e.g. as a reader, we question Victor's morality. He was so driven by the desire to advance science, he lost all concept of right from wrong.
Mortality The reality that humans can die e.g. Victor refuses to accept human mortality, by pushing the boundaries of life and death.