Frankenstein 4

Frankenstein 4 - In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary...

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In the novel Frankenstein , by Mary Shelley, many messages are being conveyed. One that seems particularly evident within the novel is that the pursuit of knowledge can be very dangerous. The protagonists of the novel are all on the search of knowledge. The thing that differs among these characters is what knowledge they are pursing. For instance Victor is on the pursuit to recreate life; because of this it actually becomes his down fall. The creature that he has created ends up killing his family and torments him. Knowledge is the key to success, but can lead to the downfall of many. The novel is very historically relevant to the Romantic Era. The Romantic Era was not only a philosophic or intellectual movement, but also more of an artistic movement. It was very similar to the Renaissance. Mary Shelley wrote this book during the summer of 1816 1 . Her parents believed in the Romantic Era, which may have inspired her 2 . There are also many indications throughout the novel that indicate her as a romantic thinker. Frankenstein starts out with Robert Walton writing numerous letters to his sister, about his journey to find the Northern Passage. The decision of wanting to go on a journey without being refrained is an example of romanticism. Robert Walton has the free will of traveling at his digression (Hawkins 1). His journey comes to a halt though, due to ice. While the crew waited, they spotted a very large stature creature riding along the ice. Then in the morning, Walton and his crew found a man on a sledge on the ice. The stranger was very weak, but recovering slowly. The stranger found out that the crew had also seen someone riding in a sledge similar to his. This captured the stranger’s attention, and he asked many questions. Over time Walton and the stranger become friends. The stranger told Walton that he would tell them his tale. He added that this may enlarge Walton’s faculties and understanding. With this said the stranger then becomes the narrator of the novel. The stranger, who is named Victor Frankenstein, begins his story by telling Walton about his childhood. His father Alphonse Frankenstein married his friend’s daughter, Caroline Beaufort, is also the 1 (Liukkonen 1) 2 (Woodbridge 1)
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mother of Victor. When Victor was about four-years-old his father’s sister had died. His uncle was getting re-married and asked Alphonse to take care of his daughter, whose name is Elizabeth. He accepted the offer and she became a part of the family. Victor also has two younger brothers. Later on, Victor found the writings of Cornelius Agrippa and became fascinated with natural
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course HISTORY 701247 taught by Professor Dr.hodges during the Spring '10 term at WVU.

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