Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
1 Mary Shelley

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1.1 Daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft

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  • Wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
1.2 Married to Percy Bysshe Shelley

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1.2.1
1.3 Father was philosopher William Godwin
1.4 Wrote Frankenstein in 1818, when she was only 18 years old!
1.4.1 Originally published anonymously
1.5 Close friend of Lord Byron

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  • (Romantic Poet - Don Juan)
2 Themes
2.1 Ambition/Hubris

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  • Walton's quest for discovery Frankenstein's desire to create life Danger of this - the Modern Prometheus...
2.2 knowledge/ education

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  • * Victor's study at college and Independent research * The creature learns from observing the De Lacey family and reading * Safie learns language from the De Laceys * Walton's quest of discovery
2.3 Prejudice

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  • The only person who doesn't judge the creature negatively is the old man De Lacey who is blind so can't see him
2.4 Family

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  • Family relationships are very important: * Victor and Elizabeth * The impact of William's death on Victor * The effect of seeing the De Lacey family on the Creature * The Creature's lack of family and desire for a mate * The narrator, Walton, writes to his dear sister
2.5 Revenge

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  • The creature takes revenge on Frankenstein by killing Elizabeth on their wedding night
2.6 Nature Vs. Society

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  • Nature is sublime: beautiful and restores health, but also dangerous. Creature wants to be part of society but  it is corrupting and leads to loss of innocence.
3 Structure and Genre

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3.1 Epistolary form (Walton's letters)

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3.2 Romantic

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3.3 Gothic

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3.4 Developed while competing with Byron, Percy Shelley and John Polidori to make a scary horror story at Lake Geneva
3.5 Narrative frame (Victor's story within Walton's, the creature's story within Victor's)
4 Symbols
4.1 Light

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  • * Symbolises enlightenment * Walton's quest to the Arctic: "a country of eternal light" * Victor refers to light when he discovers natural philosophy and when he feels his study is advancing ***Light can be blinding as well as illuminating***
4.2 Fire

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  • The Creature discovers fire: it warms him, but also burns him. Fire as a source of punishment, e.g. the Creature's description of Hell (influence of Milton's Paradise Lost)
4.2.1 Subtitle: The Modern Prometheus

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  • Prometheus: Greek God who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave to humans
5 Cultural Influence

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5.1 1931 Frankenstein, Boris Karloff as the creature
5.2 1974 Young Frankenstein, directed by Mel Brooks
5.3 1994: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh
6 Characters
6.1 Victor Frankenstein

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6.1.1 Elizabeth (adopted sister/fiance)
6.1.2 Clerval (best friend)
6.1.3 Justine, accused of William's murder
6.1.4 William (brother), killed by the creature
6.1.5 Walton (first narrator)
6.1.6 The Creature
6.1.6.1 The DeLacey Family
6.1.6.1.1 Safie