Frankenstein critique

Frankenstein critique - Ryan Williams Female Gothic:...

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Ryan Williams Female Gothic: Definitely shows influence o Mary Shelley’s pregnancies o Unwanted children = Victor’s unwanted monster o We see the influence of the death of her baby at age of 17. No name, monster has no name Gothic literature: Often criticized for its sensationalism, melodramatic qualities, and its play on the supernatural o Creating life from death “Dream that my little baby came to life again…” “…if I could bestow life upon lifeless matter…” o Horrorific language Use of adjectives. “…dull yellow eye…yellow skin…dun white [eye] sockets…straight black lips…” Possessing Nature: Blames Victor for stealing all women’s worth as a person o Eliminates females’ biological function o Abandons child “ugly” Bad parent: couldn’t balance responsibility with reality Labels Victor as selfish o Abandons monster o Doesn’t own up to creating it o Only thinks it will attack him Heightens a theme of feminism
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course EN 102 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '06 term at Butler.

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