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Prose Study Assignment: Frankenstein

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Marcus Storey 11N Prose Study Assignment: Frankenstein 15/07/05 Mary Shelley, born August 30, 1797, was a prominent, though often overlooked, literary figure during the Romantic Era of English Literature. She was the only child of Mary Wollstonecraft, the famous feminist, and William Godwin, a philosopher and novelist. She was also the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. From infancy, Mary was treated as a unique individual with remarkable parents. High expectations were placed on her potential and she was treated as if she were born beneath a lucky star. Godwin was convinced that babies are born with a potential waiting to be developed. From an early age famous philosophers, writers, and poets surrounded her: Coleridge made his first visit when Mary was two years old. Charles Lamb was also a frequent visitor. At the age of sixteen Mary ran away to live with the twenty-one year old Percy Shelley, the unhappily married radical heir to a wealthy baronetcy. ...read more.


Shelly wants this scene to be dramatic and to stand out more than the other scenes because this is the scene that precipitates all other events and she uses language, setting and description to do this. When describing the setting, Mary does this extremely well. She draws the readers closer into the book and in fact into the scene itself. When she uses the quote, "It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out". This conveys anticipation that something was about to happen. We share Victor's feelings at this moment in time, as he is about to breathe life into his creation. ...read more.


He goes to his bedroom in complete frustration and disbelief. Eventually he falls into a fitful sleep disturbed by nightmares. He is awoken by the creature standing over his bed. The creature uttered sounds, which he could not understand. "He muttered some inarticulate sounds" and "He might have spoken, but I did not hear". Instead Victor fled. This scene is extremely effective because it demonstrates that no man is God. Life was created but this came from an obsession, not love. "For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." The scene also shows that just as quickly did he create life in the same moment in time he rejected his creation. "But I escaped and rushed downstairs" "I had so miserably given life". This leads into the events of the rest of the novel. His obsession had made him blind as he couldn't see what he had created or understand the responsibility that came with this. ...read more.

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