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  • enongesigi.ga Search Login or Signup. Home Essays Media About Themes globe. Updated Aug 09, 10 Older Versions chevron-down. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. New Discussion on Nov 1. When the creature was born he possessed charitable, and thoughtful behaviors. After being rejected and put down so many times, and by so many people, he became bitter. A common question is whether New Discussion on Oct Chemistry has a strong presence in this chapter as it is the subject that gets Victor interested in the natural sciences in the first place.

    New Discussion on Sep I think this is a good idea. Every existence has its own feeling and thought. The female monster that Victor created may be hating about those plans that make before her creation, so that is the po All kinds of innovation come with disagreement and question. AI been has been mentioned so many times in this class, and I also see so many classmate taking about compare AI to this monster, Of cau The theme of making is prevalent in chapter 3. This shows that height of hubris for Victor. Creating human life of unnatural means is a bad idea.

    Especially since the being is made up of the remains I think this instance of unmaking was a positive one, as there is very little good that can come from the creation of a second abomination. It could be argued that it is bad because it may cause th But unless you can somehow delete Much of the novel seems to be rooted in this fear of woman.

    Frankenstein is taking on the role of woman when he creates a human, perhaps due to womb envy. Then when the creature asks for a woman, Alex Polimeni - Annotation. Here at the beginning of Chapter 1. This is a good idea because this other mons This moment is one that I would consider a controversial event in the novel. The main character created her own paradise from her imagination from misery. This can be as real to her as frankensteins monster is to us, a thought, an idea.

    To create his living creature, Victor goes out to the graveyard to collect dead human body parts, which is an execrable act that Here, Victor recognizes the greatest threat his new project could present. He then decides to not produce such an evil upon the world. This instance is not a good idea at all. Here Victor resolves to make his creation a giant, standing about 8 feet tall. In what world would this have been a good idea. Of course something 8 feet ta Here we see a revision in progress, thought is now being poured into the creation of the second monster.

    If created the new monster might be even worse than the first. This is a good idea to look a Victor has the opportunity to recre With the initial observation of the cottagers, the monster was socially reconditioned to have a more grey view of humanity, rather than his initial negative view after being attacked the first time He is reliving this same sense of alchemical wonder, however this time it is shrouded in doubt and He has spent so much time on this endeavor that he has begun to abhor it, and starts to think about its possible Victor was right to not remake the creature.

    He becomes wealthy through his work as a merchant. However, he is then un-made, by the fate of the world, and plummets into poverty and deep de Here Victor is referring to how he is about to make another creature as a companion to the one he has already made. I think it is fairly ambiguous whether or not making a second creature is a good This is the point in the story where Victor is deciding what size he should make his creature, and he decides to make it eight feet tall.

    This should have been the point where he decided to make th The creature through self reflections and upon seeing the demise of his creator While yes, the threat of reproduction and more destruction is present, this cans imply be avoided by not including This instance of creation, which is obviously the main point of the book, was the biggest form of creation in the story. It was a bad idea because humans should be created naturally the correct way It is in this part of the story that Victor really begins the process of making the Creature; it is conceived in knowledge and imagination, and a passionate curiosity and desire to innovate.

    He says, however, that thi But Victor could make a female mate for the Creature, which is infertile, incapable of pregnancy and childbirth, and they at least would be a couple and capable of a loving, caring relationship. This is the key moment that Frankenstein remakes his view of the creature, and, even if for only a moment, he genuinely cares for the creature. And this is a good thing, to finally see the creation In this passage, Victor begins the process of creating the monster.

    Even though he grew up with Elizabeth and sees her as his sister more than his lover, his mother has forced him to ma In this section, the creature states a female companion is necessary to his being. This statement alone is very sexist towards woman as describing their existence as a necessity for men. The creature demands a mate, but he fails to consider the possibility that she could reject him or otherwise make a choice contrary to his wishes. As Victor finally realizes, making another creatur Here we see Viktor Frankenstein finally and truly reflecting on what he has done and what he plans to do.

    Like they said here sometimes you can only go as far as the previous person did. Here, Victor is reminscing the time before he created his creature. Victor longs to return to his past before the monster and recognizes his burden o Here we see the creature revise his reaction when encountering man. Where previously he was attacked, now he has decided to hide.

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    This is a good choice given his physical appearance and inability t In this case Victor is reminiscing over his original creation, as he decides to build it a companion. His heart is filled with remorse for the pain and deaths his creature has caused. Book Annotation Mary Shelley. Like the creature, Mary was exposed to Paradise Lost early in life—and judging by its prominence in Frankenstein, the epic poem had as profound an impact on her developing mind as it does the creat Tragically, Wollstonecraft died on September 10, , just 11 days after giving birth to Mary, of puerperal fever, a malady common a My thematic topic is nature vs.

    Was it suppose to be evil when it was made or did Victor leaving him and rejecting him make him who he I believe that Victor Frankenstein did not make the ethical choice when he created the monster. In the book Frankenstein he creates a creature, but as soon has he creates the creature, he rejects i We as a society create things with no idea of the consequences. This is shown in the book Frankenstein Alienation and being isolated from society can go many ways, it can help to get things done but it can also lead to being lonely and depressed.

    For example, in Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus As time goes on, the alienation brought about by our own minds becomes more apparent than alienation inspired by external differences. In Frankenstein, the creature provides us with many examples o This passage demonstrates how much Vicor has gone through. Mary Shelley uses many different literary devices to get the monsters point across alongside bringing more action into this novel. The Monster has requested for Victor to build and create him a woman monster, with whom he can share his life in hopes that it will not be as miserable with company.

    Victor is reluctant to create a In this passage, the Monster shows his true colors. He demonstrates how he is nothing but an ugly creature with a good heart. Although filled with rage, the Monster is able to contain himself and r In this quote, the Monster demands that Victor creates him female companion of his own kind. What is being said in the quote is that you may call me the worst of men but you will never have me realize that perspective. In this passage, Frankenstein has just finished telling his magnificent story to Victor, his creator, and has left Victor in a state of complete shock.

    After the Monster tells Victor his tale he ex Here Frankenstein is making a point to the Monster that he would never create a being like him. One of our most power weapons and traits is our brain and the ability to learn the way we do. At times we see our species constantly strive to learn new information. He hopes that he can speak to Delacy and get him to see the Frankenstein abandoned his creation and forced it to grow up in a world that hated it.

    Growing up with nothing but hatred and rejection transformed him into a monster. If Frankenstein had not fled The monster picks up information very fast, as he also applies everything he learns directly to himself. He read the fiction book Paradise Lost as if it were an autobiography and thought of everyth The monster is at a loss when he finds books in the woods.

    The things in the books seem so ordinary to common humans, but he has a hard time grasping things. Daily life for the monster is not quite Though it helps us progress, it can be harmful when fixated on, and this is very evident in the story of Franken The monster describes the moment he obtained and read literature for the first time. Reading for the first time the monster experiences various different emotions as one does when reading and inter As the monster began to understand human behavior, he began to identify himself in terms of the feelings he observed from the De Laceys.

    Having done nothing wrong, the monster saw himself as a bein He talks to Frankenstein, his creator, of how he changed from being naive of what emotions came to play with different situations to being aware of all different emotions. He talks about the fact t Here it is clearly shown that if one is only exposed to one thing then they come to believe that is all that exists.

    Orientalist view of Muslim culture is in this section. This trope of the subjugation of women is alive and well today. Back in one reason for going to Afghanistan and later invading Iraq was In today's golden age of technology, knowledge is a powerful tool that can lead to valuable progress or destructive innovations. Or, The Modern P We are born into the world innocent, but through what we learn and how we are treated, we are shaped into who we are.

    The classic argument of whether nature or nurture is more powerful has a spin in Frankenstein. As a class we have been looking at different thematic topics present in the book the one i have researched isolation or alienation. I believe this is a very prominent topic with how the story unfol Alienation can lead to a disconnect from society and emotional trauma that can end in drastic measures.

    In the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein's monster is neglected out of fear fr I believe that prolonged alienation could potentially lead to madness. We can see this shown in Frankenstein, as the monster feels alienated from his creator. This leads to the monster becoming con The Luddites of the Industrial Revolution destroyed the machines that were helping the world to progress because they felt threatened, just as Victor Frankenstein felt threatened by his own progres New Discussion on Jun Interestingly, Shelley never claims that Victor has created life, only that he has infused life back into dead matter.

    This could be taken contextually to mean that life is nothing more than electr Here Victor seems to recognize something both about himself and the Creature he has created. In the former, Victor has the power to shape the world around. He can weave together an entirely new bei Here, Mary plays with archetypes of scientists and poets, scrambling references and blurring the lines between these pursuits. For example, Walton is an amateur poet on a scientific voyage, while V As an author, political journalist, and reformer, it In , the Industrial Revolution was just beginning to make headway, and the counterculture of the ro Book Annotation Science Technology.

    Exploring ships since the eighteenth century are best viewed as scientific instruments in their own right, similar to the Voyager or Cassini spacecraft today. Ships are a platform for a wide variet Realistic pictures keep the proper relation of near and distant objects, and of important and unimportant features. Mary publishes this fictional account of Arctic exploration in the same year that saw a British attempt to reach the North Pole and traverse the Northwest Passage that was unsuccessful, but Here Mary has Walton join an ancient discussion about the mythical land of the far North, possibly inhabited by fantastic Hyberboreans.

    Since antiquity the far North has been a space to imagine dif The collection of ghost stories that Mary Shelley and her compatriots read during the rainy, inclement summer of is Fantasmagoriana, a French anthology of German stories published in The gothic fiction Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is about Knowledge and reveals that becoming so enthralled in your studies can lead to a loss of ethical thinking and alienation.

    Letters of the In Frankenstein, Victor making the creature was an example of an ethical dilemma. In the book the tematic topic alienations seems to appear throughout the story in many different characters but the character who I felt like experienced alienation the most was the creature. I have tremendous respect for Victor Frankenstein is after all the stereotypical mad scientis We scientists are the We are so immersed in our modern enhancements that we are often oblivious to them.

    LASIK surgeries or glasse His chief failing is his lack of acco Video Animation Science Technology. In this passage, the creature acknowledges that the stimuli he encountered early in his conscious life was essential in shaping his identity and beliefs. Machines learn in much the same way, social The creature understands his physical superiority to Victor as an artificial and designed being, but he defers to the social norms established and shared by humans, like the relationship between lo Until this point in the novel, the creature was simply surviving—carrying out his biological imperative for self-preservation.

    Want to learn more about philosophy and science of cognition? Want to learn more about how contemporary scientists are thinking about the definition and classification of life on multiple scales? In this moment of self-examination, the creature realizes the human tendency to fear the unfamiliar or unexplained. Liz and James Fiacco: Much like the creature, recent machine learning models learn language by observing human language. Furthermore, both come into the world without innate knowledge given by their creators.

    V needs a lesson in evaluating facts. His father did not follow up after giving him the books. V came to incorrect conclusions. Indeed, the Stoic doctrine is This description of the creature is reminiscent of the depiction of mummies during the Romantic period. Physicians and scholars would publically and privately dissect Egyptian mummies, unwrapping t Pancras almost every day. This scene on the frozen sea, with cracking ice and calving icebergs causing thunderous noise and forceful motion in the ocean and the wind, is a reminder that Mary created Frankenstein during cond Teaching surgeons and anatomists frequently procured corpses for their demonstrations illega For Beck, the risk society begins when external, natural threats like predators, food scarcity, dangerous inclement In her groundbreaking book The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution, the philosopher and historian of science Carolyn Merchant argues that Enlightenment-era science and it Waldman advocates for an integrated approach to sciences, which today we often group together as STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The type of learning described in this passage has been facilitated in modern times with the rise of Web 2.

    Chemistry—which in its most comprehensive sense embodies a great deal of all scientific knowledge—is the most important The Monster wishes for someone who he can share emotions with. He realizes that he is not like anyone else on this earth, and wants someone who understands what he is experiencing. He later says th In this quote, the Monster shows very human-like character traits.

    Humans are a social species and need other humans to socialize, survive, and thrive. Humans are not to be kept alone and isolated In this quote, the Monster had gone to Victor himself to ask for a companion who he can spend his life with. Although at first, Victor was in denial and did not accept what the Monster had to say, At first, Victor portrays this monstrous creature as violent and gruesome. Therefore he believes that because humans are able to experience When creating something that has never been done before or an innovation it can cause you to isolate others and this can make you fail to remember the effects that could occur in the environment ar Victor dove head first into his creation without considering the ethics behind his decision as we see so many inn We do so much to satisfy our curiosity but sometimes we take it too far.

    Maybe curiosity did kill the cat. Scientists and sci-fi creators alike have always seemed interested in modifying the natura The creature was after being created left to fend for itself. The lesson that Frankenstein is teaching us through knowledge is that seeking knowledge is the door of discovering something new. Victor knew things that if he told other people about them, they wo Victor Frankenstein creates his famous creature for the sole fact to execute what he knew about the secret of life.

    While the creature is meant to be a symbol representing progress and how it affec This is portrayed throu Alienation and being alone is a gruesome truth about the world, but it can help us grow as people. This is shown in Frankenstein many times through both Victor and the monster.

    The first, and most Alienation can be caused by many things but for me one of the bigger reasons for alienation to happen is when society rejects people because of what they believe in or what they look like, people t Isolating yourself from others can come in handy sometimes, but you may find yourself alienating away from society which can be harmful. In Frankenstein ,we find out about Victor and how he start Ethics are what stand in the way of unchecked progress, they're what make the argument for regulations and discussions about what we can do vs.

    In Frankenstein, like in Jurassic This is really important to keep in mind as we progress more and more. The novel Frankenstein connects quite well to many ideas of modern and industrial science in relation to ethics. In noth history, modern science, and the novel, there are times where an ethical que As technology advances, more ethical dilemmas arise. As we see in both the Industrial Revolution, and in the novel Frankenstein, these advances in technology can lead to ethical dilemmas. Progress should always be reflected on, to make sure everything is ok.

    Now a days peoples creations are very intriguing , people invent really creative things. Young minds without a parental figures often act based on nurture rather than nature. In Frankenstein, the monster is abandoned as soon as he is created. He has no one to guide him through this lif Victor Frankenstein pushed away the ethical considerations of re-animating a creature.

    Although there was some outcomes of creating the creature,victor didn't think about how the creatures life was The thirst for knowledge that allowed Victor Frankenstein to persevere and make his creature is what has allowed the scientists in our generation to make so many groundbreaking discoveries.

    In the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein's monster is neglected ou Although work is what keeps us all busy and allows us to be creative it can be what alienates us. Starting off I think Frankenstein is a great book and it presents a complex story line with complex characters as well. Looking back on the story one of the biggest issues in the story is ethics, s People normally have good ethics but in times of stress that is challenged.

    Victor is so fascinated and excited about his creation that he jumps straight into it. He was aware of the fact that reanimating the dead was going to be frowned upon, but his pursuit of knowledge Frankenstein poses many ethical considerations that are still discussed today.

    Victor created a creature without knowing anything about the creature aside from its physical abilities. In the eyes of the public, sensational stories of exploration, filled with tales of near-death faced nobly, mattered far more than somber reports of scientific discovery. A good example of this is Mutinies are among the worst things that can happen on board a ship. The lawful authority of the captain is overthrown. The only way this might be considered legal and not result in the execution o Memory for stressful events can be fallible, with profound implications for justice.

    Our perception is subjective, and memory is not always reliable, especially with regard to specific details. Victor posits that greatness is there for the taking, as long as one eludes the restraints of cowardice or carelessness. Victor's fascination with the grisly mechanics of dead human bodies has been shared by many people, scientists and otherwise, for centuries. Cabinets of curiosities displayed in the homes of Europe The creature would not exist without its creator, who discovers he can Why is biotechnology sometimes more controversial than other expressions of human creativity?

    In addition to material concerns about safety faced by any new technology toxicity, flammability, radi Do students experience the enticements of science? Perhaps, Mary might suggest, this has something to do with s In much of the novel, Mary works to separate Victor from alchemical traditions, stressing his supposed objectivity and reliance on repeatable experimental methods.

    This quote from Professor Waldman Waldman counsels Victor to avoid plumbing the depths of only one discipline of science. Instead, he suggests that his pupil follow an interdisciplinary approach, or pursue learning across discip This passage reveals the creature as an example of the posthuman, or the reconfiguration, transformation, or transcendence of humanity into a new, stronger, and more capable species through scienti However, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley was a noted atheist who The names Ariosto and Angelica in this paragraph are references to Orlando Furioso, an Italian epic poem published in the early sixteenth century.

    Ludovico Ariosto is the author of the poem, and An The Vicar of Wakefield is a novel by the Irish author Oliver Goldsmith — , published in It paints an often-idealizing but also tumultuous picture of rural English life, and can be in The film adaptation of Frankenstein by director James Whale is perhaps the most indelible and iconic image of the creature and his creator. In a essay for the journal Natural History, famed paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould — argues that Hollywood adaptations wrongly depic The crew, near mutiny, implores Captain Walton to turn back at the earliest opportunity.

    This is an example of a crew seizing the initiative, an unusual and dangerous gambit that indicates their de Health is a particular obsession of the novel, and Mary makes numerous references to the work of alchemists, who among other things were searching for an elixir to prolong human life. The language Waldman uses when advising young Victor provides a snapshot of the changing views of scientific knowledge in the early nineteenth century, while also speaking to its overall cultural a This passage speaks to the idea that scientific inquiry has no limits: Victor recognizes that he is working with what is generally referred to as a complex system.

    In complexity science, a complex system is one that consists of a large number of interacting parts, oft Nature serves as a healer of body and mind. This belief was developed during the Romantic period, most notably by philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and through the poetry of William Wordsworth. The power of the Romantic imagination lay in its ability to generate ideas and productive analogies, figures of comparison—but not all of its ideas and analogies could be valuable. The melancholy and gloomy mood Victor describes here can be easily interpreted as signs of depression.

    The cognitive psychologist Aaron Beck argues that people who are depressed think and feel diff As a perverse sort of new father, Victor here shows the symptoms of postpartum depression: Victor, as the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein — would say, engages in manic defense here. People use manic defense to cope with negative feelings like guilt, shame, or embarrassment by alter The body is constantly perceiving sensory information in the environment, and it is up to the brain to make sense of this information. Different parts of the brain help to process different pieces The brain is composed of three layers, each associated with a different degree of cognitive complexity.

    The mesencephalon is the oldest brain structure, and is found even in the most basic vertebra When human or animal studies occur at a research institution for example, at a university or a hospital , they require proper authorization by an Institutional Review Board IRB or Institutional Victor immediately assumes that the murderer can only be his creation, despite the change in location and the length of time since he last saw the creature.

    Scientists often become lost in the pursuit of bringing an idea to life. This desire to create something that exists purely at the theoretical level and bring it to fruition can become the only foc The creation of life brings with it the challenge of defining that creation, and perhaps more importantly, defining the essence of life itself. To use human parts to reanimate a human in the same f The human body remains a physiological work of art, one biomedical engineers and doctors aim to recreate.

    But how to do this remains elusive, even as research brings forth novel technological advan Mary juxtaposes energy the lightning and water the imagery of electricity as a fluid drawn from the clouds in this passage, and both seem very simple to summon. Today we still rely on both ener While panoramic views of nature commonly evoke awe, as depicted her When Mary wrote these lines, the fictional Victor Frankenstein was not alone in infusing sparks of being into lifeless things.

    One of the ideas that Mary explores throughout the novel is that of human intelligence and the ways in which we acquire knowledge and, ultimately, gain wisdom. Note the path that the creature, by i The restorative power of spring is a well-known tonic for cloudy spirits. The creature is desperate, alone, and terrified. He is poised to do one of the things most frightening to us all—introduce himself to strangers. Any hope for a warm reception is destroyed by self-r Amid this squalor, Victor sets about to build a mate for the creature.

    The setting for this process predates the era of personal computing by many decades, but is reminiscent of the Silicon Valley In , Douglas Biklen and Robert Bogdan developed a list of 10 stereotypes that are widely used in media representations of people with disabilities: The creature coming to life brings a whole host of possibilities to both the creature and the people that surround him—and as it turns out, most of these possibilities are unintended and unanticipa With the decline of the notion that government and its rulers were divinely appointed, Enlightenment-era philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries sought other justifications to supp The Swiss legal system differs from the English and American systems in several important respects.

    The administrative state, with its thousands of government employees, is a fairly modern invention. Before modern transportation and communications, there were plenty of areas with scant government The legal system at the time of the novel had progressed somewhat from the days of the witch trials, where defendants were subjected to various tests like the trial by water, in which suspected wi After all that he has suffered because of his work, Victor still manages to condescend to those who he feels are inferior to his creative genius. Victor considers using the law as a kind of instrument for inflicting a punishment on himself in this passage, assuming that its operations will be predictable and just.

    There is a growing tendency William, Justine, and Clerval were defenseless against the attacks of the creature, their lives easily The novel reflects on the importance of letter-writing as a way to maintain social ties in this passage, a letter has an almost-magical power to revivify. Once the creature meets his basic needs and begins to encounter other sentient beings, he starts to think of a future beyond his immediate problems and circumstances. The creature is more powerful and agile than Victor, echoing the many ways that contemporary science and technology quickly accelerate beyond our expectations.

    In , an early pioneer in the semi Scientists have pursued life extension research for decades, exploring the process by which cells and organisms age and die as a genetically determined phenomenon. For example, the geneticist Cynth Lord George Gordon Byron — answered his own challenge that evening by writing the first paragraph of a vampire story inspired by the German ghost stories.

    John Polidori — later Pondering the unknowns and potential horrors the future mate for the creature might perpetrate, Victor thinks through these possibilities and resolves not to continue his efforts. Here Mary anticipates one of the most serious debates about unintended consequences confronting contemporary scientists and technologists. How can we be sure that new creations we bring into the wo Despite praising his friend Walton for his virtuous actions, particularly in the episode of love he recounts, Victor criticizes his lack of imagination.

    He further suggests that the inability to th In many ways, Walton appears to be the embodiment of everything Victor is not. He rescues and befriends a man who at the beginning of his tale is more of a monster than his creation and at the end Here, Victor implores the crewmen to continue their expedition, calling them to be brave and altruistic in the face of danger.

    It is ironic that he is encouraging them to do so because they will be Lucius Annaeus Seneca ca. Stoicism valued self-restraint over pass In this passage, Victor highlights the effect others have on the formation of the self and the development of personal identity. At his entrance to the wider world, Victor felt he had talents that he could use to benefit society.

    He expected to put forth greatness in the world and chose the lofty goal of creating life, but w Most people attribute their successes to their own efforts. People pride themselves on great preparation and stellar execution. Most, however, do not recognize how often their success is a result o Retribution is punishment for an injury, wrongdoing, or crime. In organized societies, the law imposes retribution in the form of penalties such as imprisonment. In the absence or failure of law, i After the deaths of his brother, his friend, and his bride, Victor seeks refuge from his grief in strenuous exercise, just as he walked the streets of Ingolstadt after creating the creature.

    Altruism, typically conceived of as selfless concern for the best interest of others, is usually seen as a positive quality. Though Victor does appear altruistic here, he never shows selfless conce A great deal is going on in this paragraph. Men ruled the world, and therefore almost every philoso Victor gives expression to his conflicting feelings. His conscience haunts him for the crime he feels he has committed.

    In this passage, Mary could be reflecting on her own situation and the social pressures that might have hemmed her in. In theory, Elizabeth could choose, like Mary with Percy, to accompany her para Victor and his interlocutor, Walton, appear to consider courage to be one of the more mechanical human attributes, one that is shared by some of the lower animals. To be courageous is a means to an Victor has reason to distrust the creature. The term sympathy had multiple meanings in the early nineteenth century, some of which resonate with scientific discourse and some with moral philosophy.

    The word did mean then what we take it to m Animal behavior has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. As animals, humans have some behaviors that are conserved and shared with many other species. Fear, for example, is common in the He believes himself to be worthy of or at least not dis Communion represents connection, a sharing or holding of things in common that is central to achieving our full humanity.

    Social scientists today refer to communion in terms of intimacy or perhaps Who are we really? What are we made of? What is the self? What makes the creation a monster? Of course, answers to the latter question depend on how we define the term monster. Victor makes his cre The concept of guilt may well be a bit more complicated than it first appears.

    The two most common understandings of guilt are at work in the text, prompting us to think about the idea of guilt in They represent a kind of literary education for the creature. From Plutarch, he would learn about the A significant part of who we are as individuals is created in response to what we observe in others. The creature, abandoned by his creator, has the good fortune to find a loving and admirable fami Mary wrote Frankenstein at a time when slavery was still prevalent in Europe and the Americas.

    Revolutionary France had abolished slavery, but Napoleon reintroduced it after he came to power. The creature is made but un-parented, forced into solitary life, and exiled from mainstr In Greek myth, Prometheus fashions the clay into which Athena, goddess of wisdom, breathes life, creating the human race. Over the objections of Zeus, Prometheus then provides humans with fire, an Do we determine our own ideas of identity? Or do others—family, friends, general society, or a c The creature recounts how his life differs from normal human life.

    In future narratives, writers directly confront what Mary here only touches upon lightly with allusions to slavery, ownership, and Scientists have long aspired to improve the human body, or create new bodies, to exceed our natural biological limits. The United States military pursues a range of research areas to enhance the pe Much of the novel is inspired by the writings of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau — , who believed that humans in their natural state are good and that society corrupts them. Here the creature refers to one of the fables by Aesop — BCE. The hard-working donkey tries to get the farmer The creature here perceives the human tendency to distinguish between members of the in-group and members of the out-group and to fear and despise the latter: For centuries, people ascribed magical powers to magnetit Although compassion—empathy or sympathy with the plight of others—and other positive sentiments and virtues may seem inherent personal characteristics, Frankenstein makes clear that circumstances c We can think of kindness from two different perspectives: A terminating perspective focuses on an individual act of kindness as not being valuable in itself but mainly valu The emotions of shock and surprise reflect violations of expectations.

    When you experience a shock or surprise, your physiology causes you to prepare to understand the situation in greater detail. The young, rebellious, intelligent, and ambitious Victor is motivated by the search for glory and public renown.

    Dead Simple Speed Reading Lessons - A Special Reader of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1/4 (Annotated) - Kindle edition by Koppany Varga, Mary Shelley. responsibility in Frankenstein, of lost creatures and dead children, were Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, here brought to you in a new critical edition . perform the simple experiments in “natural philosophy” or science that would sit by her mother's grave and read; this is a special form of grief that the created feel when.

    He wants to make a name for himself. He wants not just to be successful but to be br Like the creature, Mary was exposed to Paradise Lost early in life—and judging by its prominence in Frankenstein, the epic poem had as profound an impact on her developing mind as it does the creat Tragically, Wollstonecraft died on September 10, , just 11 days after giving birth to Mary, of puerperal fever, a malady common a My thematic topic is nature vs.

    Was it suppose to be evil when it was made or did Victor leaving him and rejecting him make him who he I believe that Victor Frankenstein did not make the ethical choice when he created the monster. In the book Frankenstein he creates a creature, but as soon has he creates the creature, he rejects i We as a society create things with no idea of the consequences.

    This is shown in the book Frankenstein Alienation and being isolated from society can go many ways, it can help to get things done but it can also lead to being lonely and depressed. For example, in Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus As time goes on, the alienation brought about by our own minds becomes more apparent than alienation inspired by external differences. In Frankenstein, the creature provides us with many examples o This passage demonstrates how much Vicor has gone through. Mary Shelley uses many different literary devices to get the monsters point across alongside bringing more action into this novel.

    The Monster has requested for Victor to build and create him a woman monster, with whom he can share his life in hopes that it will not be as miserable with company. Victor is reluctant to create a In this passage, the Monster shows his true colors. He demonstrates how he is nothing but an ugly creature with a good heart. Although filled with rage, the Monster is able to contain himself and r In this quote, the Monster demands that Victor creates him female companion of his own kind.

    What is being said in the quote is that you may call me the worst of men but you will never have me realize that perspective. In this passage, Frankenstein has just finished telling his magnificent story to Victor, his creator, and has left Victor in a state of complete shock. After the Monster tells Victor his tale he ex Here Frankenstein is making a point to the Monster that he would never create a being like him.

    One of our most power weapons and traits is our brain and the ability to learn the way we do. At times we see our species constantly strive to learn new information. He hopes that he can speak to Delacy and get him to see the Frankenstein abandoned his creation and forced it to grow up in a world that hated it.

    Growing up with nothing but hatred and rejection transformed him into a monster. If Frankenstein had not fled The monster picks up information very fast, as he also applies everything he learns directly to himself. He read the fiction book Paradise Lost as if it were an autobiography and thought of everyth The monster is at a loss when he finds books in the woods. The things in the books seem so ordinary to common humans, but he has a hard time grasping things.

    Daily life for the monster is not quite Though it helps us progress, it can be harmful when fixated on, and this is very evident in the story of Franken The monster describes the moment he obtained and read literature for the first time. Reading for the first time the monster experiences various different emotions as one does when reading and inter As the monster began to understand human behavior, he began to identify himself in terms of the feelings he observed from the De Laceys.

    Having done nothing wrong, the monster saw himself as a bein He talks to Frankenstein, his creator, of how he changed from being naive of what emotions came to play with different situations to being aware of all different emotions.

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    He talks about the fact t Here it is clearly shown that if one is only exposed to one thing then they come to believe that is all that exists. Orientalist view of Muslim culture is in this section. This trope of the subjugation of women is alive and well today. Back in one reason for going to Afghanistan and later invading Iraq was In today's golden age of technology, knowledge is a powerful tool that can lead to valuable progress or destructive innovations. Or, The Modern P We are born into the world innocent, but through what we learn and how we are treated, we are shaped into who we are.

    The classic argument of whether nature or nurture is more powerful has a spin in Frankenstein. As a class we have been looking at different thematic topics present in the book the one i have researched isolation or alienation. I believe this is a very prominent topic with how the story unfol Alienation can lead to a disconnect from society and emotional trauma that can end in drastic measures.

    In the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein's monster is neglected out of fear fr I believe that prolonged alienation could potentially lead to madness. We can see this shown in Frankenstein, as the monster feels alienated from his creator. This leads to the monster becoming con The Luddites of the Industrial Revolution destroyed the machines that were helping the world to progress because they felt threatened, just as Victor Frankenstein felt threatened by his own progres New Discussion on Jun Interestingly, Shelley never claims that Victor has created life, only that he has infused life back into dead matter.

    This could be taken contextually to mean that life is nothing more than electr Here Victor seems to recognize something both about himself and the Creature he has created. In the former, Victor has the power to shape the world around. He can weave together an entirely new bei Here, Mary plays with archetypes of scientists and poets, scrambling references and blurring the lines between these pursuits.

    For example, Walton is an amateur poet on a scientific voyage, while V As an author, political journalist, and reformer, it In , the Industrial Revolution was just beginning to make headway, and the counterculture of the ro Book Annotation Science Technology. Exploring ships since the eighteenth century are best viewed as scientific instruments in their own right, similar to the Voyager or Cassini spacecraft today.

    Ships are a platform for a wide variet Realistic pictures keep the proper relation of near and distant objects, and of important and unimportant features. Mary publishes this fictional account of Arctic exploration in the same year that saw a British attempt to reach the North Pole and traverse the Northwest Passage that was unsuccessful, but Here Mary has Walton join an ancient discussion about the mythical land of the far North, possibly inhabited by fantastic Hyberboreans.

    Since antiquity the far North has been a space to imagine dif The collection of ghost stories that Mary Shelley and her compatriots read during the rainy, inclement summer of is Fantasmagoriana, a French anthology of German stories published in The gothic fiction Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is about Knowledge and reveals that becoming so enthralled in your studies can lead to a loss of ethical thinking and alienation.

    Letters of the In Frankenstein, Victor making the creature was an example of an ethical dilemma. In the book the tematic topic alienations seems to appear throughout the story in many different characters but the character who I felt like experienced alienation the most was the creature. I have tremendous respect for Victor Frankenstein is after all the stereotypical mad scientis We scientists are the We are so immersed in our modern enhancements that we are often oblivious to them.

    LASIK surgeries or glasse His chief failing is his lack of acco Video Animation Science Technology. In this passage, the creature acknowledges that the stimuli he encountered early in his conscious life was essential in shaping his identity and beliefs.

    Machines learn in much the same way, social The creature understands his physical superiority to Victor as an artificial and designed being, but he defers to the social norms established and shared by humans, like the relationship between lo Until this point in the novel, the creature was simply surviving—carrying out his biological imperative for self-preservation. Want to learn more about philosophy and science of cognition?

    Want to learn more about how contemporary scientists are thinking about the definition and classification of life on multiple scales? In this moment of self-examination, the creature realizes the human tendency to fear the unfamiliar or unexplained. Liz and James Fiacco: Much like the creature, recent machine learning models learn language by observing human language. Furthermore, both come into the world without innate knowledge given by their creators.

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    V came to incorrect conclusions. Indeed, the Stoic doctrine is This description of the creature is reminiscent of the depiction of mummies during the Romantic period. Physicians and scholars would publically and privately dissect Egyptian mummies, unwrapping t Pancras almost every day. This scene on the frozen sea, with cracking ice and calving icebergs causing thunderous noise and forceful motion in the ocean and the wind, is a reminder that Mary created Frankenstein during cond Teaching surgeons and anatomists frequently procured corpses for their demonstrations illega For Beck, the risk society begins when external, natural threats like predators, food scarcity, dangerous inclement In her groundbreaking book The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution, the philosopher and historian of science Carolyn Merchant argues that Enlightenment-era science and it Waldman advocates for an integrated approach to sciences, which today we often group together as STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The type of learning described in this passage has been facilitated in modern times with the rise of Web 2. Chemistry—which in its most comprehensive sense embodies a great deal of all scientific knowledge—is the most important The Monster wishes for someone who he can share emotions with. He realizes that he is not like anyone else on this earth, and wants someone who understands what he is experiencing. He later says th In this quote, the Monster shows very human-like character traits. Humans are a social species and need other humans to socialize, survive, and thrive.

    Humans are not to be kept alone and isolated In this quote, the Monster had gone to Victor himself to ask for a companion who he can spend his life with. Although at first, Victor was in denial and did not accept what the Monster had to say, At first, Victor portrays this monstrous creature as violent and gruesome.

    Therefore he believes that because humans are able to experience When creating something that has never been done before or an innovation it can cause you to isolate others and this can make you fail to remember the effects that could occur in the environment ar Victor dove head first into his creation without considering the ethics behind his decision as we see so many inn We do so much to satisfy our curiosity but sometimes we take it too far. Maybe curiosity did kill the cat. Scientists and sci-fi creators alike have always seemed interested in modifying the natura The creature was after being created left to fend for itself.

    The lesson that Frankenstein is teaching us through knowledge is that seeking knowledge is the door of discovering something new. Victor knew things that if he told other people about them, they wo Victor Frankenstein creates his famous creature for the sole fact to execute what he knew about the secret of life. While the creature is meant to be a symbol representing progress and how it affec This is portrayed throu Alienation and being alone is a gruesome truth about the world, but it can help us grow as people.

    This is shown in Frankenstein many times through both Victor and the monster. The first, and most Alienation can be caused by many things but for me one of the bigger reasons for alienation to happen is when society rejects people because of what they believe in or what they look like, people t Isolating yourself from others can come in handy sometimes, but you may find yourself alienating away from society which can be harmful. In Frankenstein ,we find out about Victor and how he start Ethics are what stand in the way of unchecked progress, they're what make the argument for regulations and discussions about what we can do vs.

    In Frankenstein, like in Jurassic This is really important to keep in mind as we progress more and more. The novel Frankenstein connects quite well to many ideas of modern and industrial science in relation to ethics. In noth history, modern science, and the novel, there are times where an ethical que As technology advances, more ethical dilemmas arise. As we see in both the Industrial Revolution, and in the novel Frankenstein, these advances in technology can lead to ethical dilemmas. Progress should always be reflected on, to make sure everything is ok. Now a days peoples creations are very intriguing , people invent really creative things.

    Young minds without a parental figures often act based on nurture rather than nature. In Frankenstein, the monster is abandoned as soon as he is created. He has no one to guide him through this lif Victor Frankenstein pushed away the ethical considerations of re-animating a creature.

    Although there was some outcomes of creating the creature,victor didn't think about how the creatures life was The thirst for knowledge that allowed Victor Frankenstein to persevere and make his creature is what has allowed the scientists in our generation to make so many groundbreaking discoveries. In the book, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein's monster is neglected ou Although work is what keeps us all busy and allows us to be creative it can be what alienates us.

    Starting off I think Frankenstein is a great book and it presents a complex story line with complex characters as well. Looking back on the story one of the biggest issues in the story is ethics, s People normally have good ethics but in times of stress that is challenged. Victor is so fascinated and excited about his creation that he jumps straight into it. He was aware of the fact that reanimating the dead was going to be frowned upon, but his pursuit of knowledge Frankenstein poses many ethical considerations that are still discussed today.

    Victor created a creature without knowing anything about the creature aside from its physical abilities. In the eyes of the public, sensational stories of exploration, filled with tales of near-death faced nobly, mattered far more than somber reports of scientific discovery. A good example of this is Mutinies are among the worst things that can happen on board a ship. The lawful authority of the captain is overthrown. The only way this might be considered legal and not result in the execution o Memory for stressful events can be fallible, with profound implications for justice.

    Our perception is subjective, and memory is not always reliable, especially with regard to specific details. Victor posits that greatness is there for the taking, as long as one eludes the restraints of cowardice or carelessness. Victor's fascination with the grisly mechanics of dead human bodies has been shared by many people, scientists and otherwise, for centuries.

    Cabinets of curiosities displayed in the homes of Europe The creature would not exist without its creator, who discovers he can Why is biotechnology sometimes more controversial than other expressions of human creativity? In addition to material concerns about safety faced by any new technology toxicity, flammability, radi Do students experience the enticements of science?

    Perhaps, Mary might suggest, this has something to do with s In much of the novel, Mary works to separate Victor from alchemical traditions, stressing his supposed objectivity and reliance on repeatable experimental methods. This quote from Professor Waldman Waldman counsels Victor to avoid plumbing the depths of only one discipline of science. Instead, he suggests that his pupil follow an interdisciplinary approach, or pursue learning across discip This passage reveals the creature as an example of the posthuman, or the reconfiguration, transformation, or transcendence of humanity into a new, stronger, and more capable species through scienti However, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley was a noted atheist who The names Ariosto and Angelica in this paragraph are references to Orlando Furioso, an Italian epic poem published in the early sixteenth century.

    Ludovico Ariosto is the author of the poem, and An The Vicar of Wakefield is a novel by the Irish author Oliver Goldsmith — , published in It paints an often-idealizing but also tumultuous picture of rural English life, and can be in The film adaptation of Frankenstein by director James Whale is perhaps the most indelible and iconic image of the creature and his creator.

    In a essay for the journal Natural History, famed paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould — argues that Hollywood adaptations wrongly depic The crew, near mutiny, implores Captain Walton to turn back at the earliest opportunity. This is an example of a crew seizing the initiative, an unusual and dangerous gambit that indicates their de Health is a particular obsession of the novel, and Mary makes numerous references to the work of alchemists, who among other things were searching for an elixir to prolong human life.

    The language Waldman uses when advising young Victor provides a snapshot of the changing views of scientific knowledge in the early nineteenth century, while also speaking to its overall cultural a This passage speaks to the idea that scientific inquiry has no limits: Victor recognizes that he is working with what is generally referred to as a complex system.

    In complexity science, a complex system is one that consists of a large number of interacting parts, oft Nature serves as a healer of body and mind. This belief was developed during the Romantic period, most notably by philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and through the poetry of William Wordsworth. The power of the Romantic imagination lay in its ability to generate ideas and productive analogies, figures of comparison—but not all of its ideas and analogies could be valuable.

    The melancholy and gloomy mood Victor describes here can be easily interpreted as signs of depression. The cognitive psychologist Aaron Beck argues that people who are depressed think and feel diff As a perverse sort of new father, Victor here shows the symptoms of postpartum depression: Victor, as the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein — would say, engages in manic defense here. People use manic defense to cope with negative feelings like guilt, shame, or embarrassment by alter The body is constantly perceiving sensory information in the environment, and it is up to the brain to make sense of this information.

    Different parts of the brain help to process different pieces The brain is composed of three layers, each associated with a different degree of cognitive complexity. The mesencephalon is the oldest brain structure, and is found even in the most basic vertebra When human or animal studies occur at a research institution for example, at a university or a hospital , they require proper authorization by an Institutional Review Board IRB or Institutional Victor immediately assumes that the murderer can only be his creation, despite the change in location and the length of time since he last saw the creature.

    Scientists often become lost in the pursuit of bringing an idea to life. This desire to create something that exists purely at the theoretical level and bring it to fruition can become the only foc The creation of life brings with it the challenge of defining that creation, and perhaps more importantly, defining the essence of life itself. To use human parts to reanimate a human in the same f The human body remains a physiological work of art, one biomedical engineers and doctors aim to recreate.

    But how to do this remains elusive, even as research brings forth novel technological advan Mary juxtaposes energy the lightning and water the imagery of electricity as a fluid drawn from the clouds in this passage, and both seem very simple to summon. Today we still rely on both ener While panoramic views of nature commonly evoke awe, as depicted her When Mary wrote these lines, the fictional Victor Frankenstein was not alone in infusing sparks of being into lifeless things.

    One of the ideas that Mary explores throughout the novel is that of human intelligence and the ways in which we acquire knowledge and, ultimately, gain wisdom. Note the path that the creature, by i The restorative power of spring is a well-known tonic for cloudy spirits. The creature is desperate, alone, and terrified.

    He is poised to do one of the things most frightening to us all—introduce himself to strangers. Any hope for a warm reception is destroyed by self-r Amid this squalor, Victor sets about to build a mate for the creature. The setting for this process predates the era of personal computing by many decades, but is reminiscent of the Silicon Valley In , Douglas Biklen and Robert Bogdan developed a list of 10 stereotypes that are widely used in media representations of people with disabilities: The creature coming to life brings a whole host of possibilities to both the creature and the people that surround him—and as it turns out, most of these possibilities are unintended and unanticipa With the decline of the notion that government and its rulers were divinely appointed, Enlightenment-era philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries sought other justifications to supp The Swiss legal system differs from the English and American systems in several important respects.

    The administrative state, with its thousands of government employees, is a fairly modern invention. Before modern transportation and communications, there were plenty of areas with scant government The legal system at the time of the novel had progressed somewhat from the days of the witch trials, where defendants were subjected to various tests like the trial by water, in which suspected wi After all that he has suffered because of his work, Victor still manages to condescend to those who he feels are inferior to his creative genius.

    Victor considers using the law as a kind of instrument for inflicting a punishment on himself in this passage, assuming that its operations will be predictable and just. There is a growing tendency William, Justine, and Clerval were defenseless against the attacks of the creature, their lives easily The novel reflects on the importance of letter-writing as a way to maintain social ties in this passage, a letter has an almost-magical power to revivify.

    Once the creature meets his basic needs and begins to encounter other sentient beings, he starts to think of a future beyond his immediate problems and circumstances. The creature is more powerful and agile than Victor, echoing the many ways that contemporary science and technology quickly accelerate beyond our expectations. In , an early pioneer in the semi Scientists have pursued life extension research for decades, exploring the process by which cells and organisms age and die as a genetically determined phenomenon. For example, the geneticist Cynth Lord George Gordon Byron — answered his own challenge that evening by writing the first paragraph of a vampire story inspired by the German ghost stories.

    John Polidori — later Pondering the unknowns and potential horrors the future mate for the creature might perpetrate, Victor thinks through these possibilities and resolves not to continue his efforts. Here Mary anticipates one of the most serious debates about unintended consequences confronting contemporary scientists and technologists. How can we be sure that new creations we bring into the wo Despite praising his friend Walton for his virtuous actions, particularly in the episode of love he recounts, Victor criticizes his lack of imagination.

    He further suggests that the inability to th In many ways, Walton appears to be the embodiment of everything Victor is not. He rescues and befriends a man who at the beginning of his tale is more of a monster than his creation and at the end Here, Victor implores the crewmen to continue their expedition, calling them to be brave and altruistic in the face of danger.

    It is ironic that he is encouraging them to do so because they will be Lucius Annaeus Seneca ca. Stoicism valued self-restraint over pass In this passage, Victor highlights the effect others have on the formation of the self and the development of personal identity. At his entrance to the wider world, Victor felt he had talents that he could use to benefit society. He expected to put forth greatness in the world and chose the lofty goal of creating life, but w Most people attribute their successes to their own efforts.

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    Most, however, do not recognize how often their success is a result o Retribution is punishment for an injury, wrongdoing, or crime. In organized societies, the law imposes retribution in the form of penalties such as imprisonment. In the absence or failure of law, i After the deaths of his brother, his friend, and his bride, Victor seeks refuge from his grief in strenuous exercise, just as he walked the streets of Ingolstadt after creating the creature.

    Altruism, typically conceived of as selfless concern for the best interest of others, is usually seen as a positive quality. Though Victor does appear altruistic here, he never shows selfless conce A great deal is going on in this paragraph. Men ruled the world, and therefore almost every philoso Victor gives expression to his conflicting feelings. His conscience haunts him for the crime he feels he has committed.

    In this passage, Mary could be reflecting on her own situation and the social pressures that might have hemmed her in. In theory, Elizabeth could choose, like Mary with Percy, to accompany her para Victor and his interlocutor, Walton, appear to consider courage to be one of the more mechanical human attributes, one that is shared by some of the lower animals.

    To be courageous is a means to an Victor has reason to distrust the creature. The term sympathy had multiple meanings in the early nineteenth century, some of which resonate with scientific discourse and some with moral philosophy. The word did mean then what we take it to m Animal behavior has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. As animals, humans have some behaviors that are conserved and shared with many other species.

    Fear, for example, is common in the He believes himself to be worthy of or at least not dis Communion represents connection, a sharing or holding of things in common that is central to achieving our full humanity. Social scientists today refer to communion in terms of intimacy or perhaps