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Frankenstein contrasts his 'thirst for knowledge' with Elizabeth's interest in 'the aerial creations of the poets'.

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Frankenstein contrasts his 'thirst for knowledge' with Elizabeth's interest in 'the aerial creations of the poets'. What is your response to Shelley's exploration in Frankenstein of the relative merits of science and literature? Mary Shelley grounded her fiction of the scientist who created a monster he cannot control upon an extensive understanding of the most recent scientific developments during her days. She thereby initiated a new literary genre, what we now call science fiction. More importantly, she used this knowledge both to analyze and to criticize the more dangerous implications of the scientific method and its practical results. ...read more.


He must thus become familiar with the recent experiments in the disparate fields of biology, chemistry, mechanics, physics and medicine. The need to span the entire range of science is stressed by Frankenstein's chemistry professor, M. Waldman, who observes that "a man would make but a very sorry chemist, if he attended to that department of human knowledge alone" and therefore advises Victor "to apply to every branch of natural philosophy, including mathematics". At the University of Ingolstadt, Victor enrolls in courses in chemistry and natural philosophy, inspired by the charismatic M. Waldman. In the book, Shelley repeatedly depicts M. ...read more.


The genuine improvement of the species can result only from the conjunction of male and female sexuality. In trying to have a baby without a woman, Victor Frankenstein has failed to give his child the mothering and nurturance it requires. But even if Frankenstein had been able to provide his child with a monster's care, he could not have prevented his creature's ostracism and misery. At best he would have produced a benevolent but still much a maligned freak. Elizabeth, Victor's young bride embodies the perfect middle-class young woman. She is always calm and concentrated, she is unprejudiced, she loves poetry and the beauty of the countryside and she is forever loyal to her friends and family. Elizabeth is everything Frankenstein isn't. ...read more.

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