Frankenstein Project - Page|1 HOW SCIENTIFIC HUBRIS AND A GOD COMPLEX LED TO THE DEMISE OF THREE BRILLIANT MEN INTRODUCTION Mary Shelley was born in

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P a g e | 1 S C I E N T I F I C D E S T R U C T I O N HOW SCIENTIFIC HUBRIS AND A GOD COMPLEX LED TO THE DEMISE OF THREE BRILLIANT MEN . INTRODUCTION Frankenstein MARY SHELLEY Mary Shelley was born in 1797 in Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is the story of how a brilliant young man inevitably caused his own destruction by trying to “play god.” The story begins with Captain Robert Walton near the end of the 18 th century in St. Petersburg, Russia. He intends to hire some hardy Russian men in order to sail to the North Pole. Unfortunately, the boat gets stuck behind impassable ice, hundreds of miles from land. With nothing else to do, he writes letters to his sister back home in England. Soon, Walton is interrupted by the sight of a man on the ice, riding dog-sled! The man proceeds to board Walton’s ship and begins to tell the story of his life growing up in Geneva, and eventually about the mistake he made in creating the monster. December 6, 2016 Courtney Willis ENG 2600 – Brittany Stephenson London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer, William Godwin, and famed feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft. Shelley’s mother unfortunately died shortly after childbirth. Her father later remarried, but Shelley never got along well with her stepmother, and resented her for educating her step siblings but not doing the same for her. Shelley published her first poem at age 10, and wrote Frankenstein at age 18 after a bet with friends,
and future husband, on who could write the best horror novel.
P a g e | 2 FRANKENSTEIN Victor’s Story Victor grew up in Geneva. His parents adopted a girl named Elizabeth with the intention of having Victor marry her when they were both older. While in college, Victor decided to study natural philosophy and chemistry. He also decided to study alchemy. In roughly two years, Victor had discovered how to bring a body made of human corpses back to life. Afterwards, he is so horrified by his creation, that he flees and abandons the creature. Victor was so horrified by the creature that his friend, Henry Clerval was require d to nurse him back to health. Back in Geneva, Victor’s younger brother, William, was murdered. The creature is the one who committed the act, but Frankenstein’s family servant, Justine, is accused of killing him and executed. Victor was too afraid to stand up for her. In grief, Frankenstein goes on a trip to the Swiss Alps, but somehow runs into the monster who began to tell him what he had experienced in Victor’s absence. When Frankenstein fled, he found himself alone and hideous. No one, except for one blind old man, would accept him. He revealed himself to the family of the blind man, hoping they would find compassion and accept them, but they drove him away like all the others. When he ran across William, he killed the boy out of revenge. The creature was angry, alone, and miserable. He then asks Frankenstein to provide him with a female companion.

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