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Frankenstein Revision 1

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Revision for Sec 4 IHE Literature Mid year Exam Essay Questions 1. "Frankenstein is a critical polemic against the excesses of the Romantic period and modern technology and illustrates the fears and anxieties of a society grappling with changing gender roles." How far do you agree with this comment? 2. Discuss the significance of the shifts in narrative perspective in Frankenstein. What is the effect of presenting different characters' viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster? 3. Trace and discuss the role of letters and written communication throughout the novel. How important is this to the development of the plot and various relationships? Note: 1) Include a clear introduction and conclusion in your essay. For the introduction, state the thesis and for the conclusion, reiterate your stance. 2) Use proper paragraphs to organise the development of your essay. 3) Remember, within each paragraph/point, use the S-E-E strategy - State your point (elaborate if necessary) - Evidence - Explanation and Elaboration - Consolidate your point 4) Quotations/Annotations: - Do not lift chunks from the text. - Use only pertinent quotes crucial to your point. - Quotes must be followed by elaboration and consolidation. - No paragraph should end with a quote. Passage Based Question 1 One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life. ...read more.

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illustrated, I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret. Remember, I am not recording the vision of a madman. The sun does not more certainly shine in the heavens than that which I now affirm is true. Some miracle might have produced it, yet the stages of the discovery were distinct and probable. After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. a. What is revealed of Victor's thoughts and feelings as he envisions the creation of the monster? Point: Victor is exhiliriated. Evidence: from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me--a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple, that while I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect which it illustrated Elaboration: This quotation shows his exhilaration (dizzy with the immensity) Point: Victor is enthusiastic Evidence: that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret. Elaboration: This quotation shows his enthusiasm on being given such an important discovery. b. How does Shelley effectively shape your response to the prospect of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter? ...read more.

Conclusion

Where had they fled when the next morning I awoke? All of soul-inspiriting fled with sleep, and dark melancholy clouded every thought. The rain was pouring in torrents, and thick mists hid the summits of the mountains, so that I even saw not the faces of those mighty friends. Still I would penetrate their misty veil and seek them in their cloudy retreats. What were rain and storm to me? My mule was brought to the door, and I resolved to ascend to the summit of Montanvert. I remembered the effect that the view of the tremendous and ever-moving glacier had produced upon my mind when I first saw it. It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy. The sight of the awful and majestic in nature had indeed always the effect of solemnizing my mind and causing me to forget the passing cares of life. I determined to go without a guide, for I was well acquainted with the path, and the presence of another would destroy the solitary grandeur of the scene. a) How does Shelley use language and atmosphere to create the setting which Victor is experiencing? b) How far is Shelley effective in using nature to engage both the sentiments of the characters and your own reaction in the novel? Support your answer with close reference to the entire text. 25 marks ...read more.

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