In this essay, I shall be examining the two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and the creature, and considering what Shelley could be telling us about parenting, child development, and education through their experiences. As a young child, it could be said that Victor Frankenstein is indulged and spoilt by his parents, and later on by his adopted sister, Elizabeth and his friend, Henry Clerval.
PRINT Conceived and written years ago by the year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley during a dreary summer sojourn to Lake Geneva, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus is the story of a scientist who, seduced by the lure of forbidden knowledge, creates new life that in the end destroys him.
When the novel debuted, it created a stir for its lurid gothic style and unusual conceit. Early reviewers scolded the then-unknown author, complaining that the slim volume had "neither principle, object, nor moral" and fretting that "it cannot mend, and will not even amuse its readers, unless their taste have been deplorably vitiated.
That reading is pervasive to this day in policy conversations and popular culture alike, cropping up everywhere from bioengineering conferences to an endless string of modern cinematic reboots. There's just one problem with the common reading of Frankenstein as a cautionary tale: It flows from a profound misunderstanding of the original text.
Frankenstein's arduous study of physiology and anatomy are eventually rewarded by a "brilliant and wondrous" insight: He has "succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life" and is "capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
Because it is easier to work at a larger scale, he decides to make his creature 8 feet tall. The average height of Englishmen was then about 5 and a half feet. After two years of work, Frankenstein on a late night in November ignites "a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.
When Frankenstein slinks back to his lodgings the creature is gone, having taken his coat. Frankenstein promptly succumbs to a "nervous fever" that confines him for several months. Later we learn that the creature, whose mind was as unformed as a newborn baby's, fled to the woods where he learned to survive on nuts and berries and enjoy the warmth of the sun and birdsong.
When the peaceful vegetarian encountered for the first time people living in a village, they drove him away with stones and other missiles. He found refuge in a hovel attached to a cottage. There he learned to speak and read while observing from his hiding place the gentle, noble manners of the De Lacey family.
The lonely creature comes to realize that he is "not even of the same nature as man. When I looked around, I saw and heard of none like me.
In any case, he eventually unravels the mystery of his origins by reading notes he finds in the coat he took from Frankenstein. After even the De Laceys reject him as monstrous, the creature despairs of ever finding love and sympathy.
He vows to seek and enact revenge on his creator for his abandonment. Nearing Geneva some months later, he by chance encounters Frankenstein's much younger brother, William, in the woods. Thinking a child will be "unprejudiced" with regard to his "deformity," the creature seeks to whisk him away as a companion.
But the boy cries out, and in an effort to silence him, the creature chokes William to death. He subsequently frames the family servant for his crime, leading to her execution.
When Frankenstein and the creature meet again, the latter justifies his actions on the grounds that all of his overtures of friendship, sympathy, and love have been violently rejected. He then persuades his creator to agree to fashion for him a female companion. Seeking "the affections of a sensitive being" like himself, he vows that "virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal.
Only after Frankenstein betrays his promise does the creature retaliate by killing all the people closest to his creator. The two eventually perish chasing one another across the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean.
According to the Open Syllabus Project, it is the most commonly taught literary text in college courses.
There have been at least 15 further Frankenstein-themed movies in the years since. A new movie, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning, is set to join the cinematic canon this year. Yet everywhere that Frankenstein's creature goes, he and his creator are misunderstood. Almost without exception, his cinematic doubles are embedded in narratives that depict science and scientists as dangerously bent on an unethical pursuit of forbidden knowledge.
That trend was established in the first Frankenstein talkie, in which Colin Clive hysterically repeats "It's alive! It is an idea that has quietly seeped into popular culture in the last years, shaping even those movies and books not explicitly based on Shelley's work.
InUniversity of York sociologist Andrew Tudor published the results of a survey of 1, horror films shown in the United Kingdom between the s and the s. Mad scientists or their creations were the villains in 31 percent; scientific research constituted 39 percent of the threats."Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and The Dark Side of Medical Science," a essay published in the charmingly incongruous Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, ticks.
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