Frankenstein my thoughts

The book for me was very interesting, some parts of the book were quite predictable, with what was written like when Elizabeth was killed I think the was quite and predictable thing, but also the fact that Frankenstein’s monster turned into a killing machine was quite a shock because I though he just want to be close to Frankenstein.

The Introduction to Frankenstein

Shelley says about the novel’s origin that it sounds like that some of her characters came from actual people in her life e.g. “… Mary Shelley have somehow managed to praise her work only be presenting her talent as a fortuitous refraction of the ‘genius’ possessed by her then virtually unknown love-partner and companion, Percy Shelley. We shall see later that in more ways than one, there is indeed much of Percy Shelley ‘in’ Frankenstein.“, but they also say it just came from her “intuitive genius”. This is saying a young girls of her age at their time should not have these thoughts and Shelley disagreed with them.

The things that parallel that can be drawn between the ‘birth’ of the monster in the novel and the ‘birth’ of the novel itself, you can connect these two things by that when the novel was published Shelley got a lot of negative comments on the book, and when Frankenstein’s monster was created it the monster got a lot of bad comments from Frankenstein himself. They both are out of the ordinary, Frankenstein Brough a ‘being back from the dead, and back when Shelley wrote this book, it was not normal for women of her age to have these thoughts, so they both broke the barriers in the way that society should see them. 

The Creation

After Dr. Frankenstein had finally creation he starts of by saying His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!’, but after he takes a good look of  what he calls a ‘monster’ he says: Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and owing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.” and now keeps referring to it as a ‘the monster’, and the when the ‘monster’ is taking care of him the morning after he created it he refers it to the ‘miserable monster he had created .  

 

I don’t think it was right for Frankenstein to react the way he did towards his creation, what I think he should’ve done was reacted in fright at first and then try and see if he could fix the ‘problems’ that he could see like the yellow skin, black lips etc.

Tone and Mood

 

TONE

In my opinion it gives a very dark and gloomy and yet very knowledgeable ambitious side to Dr. Frankenstein when it says  “To examine the causes of life, we must recourse death”, this gives a really knowledgeable ora when he says “To examine the causes of life…” because he wants to find out how people are alive and how people die, so the narrator makes Dr. Frankenstein sound smart. But when the narrator says “…..we must recourse death” this shows how ambitious he is and how he wants to stop people from dying.

MOOD

This quote ” To examine the causes of life, we must recourse death”, makes the audience feel like he is very ambitious, it tells us that he wants to achieve the impossible, he wants to feel like a god. These traits makes the audience feel like he ambitious and it gives his a slight insane ora, like the gothic protagonist in ” The Tale-Tell Heart”, he is only trying to good things but is doing  it in a very ‘dark’ way, in The Tale-Tell Heart he kills the old man, in Frankenstein he his examining dead bodies.   

What makes Victor Frankenstein a gothic protaginist

 

Traits Actions Evidence
Ambitious Not giving up when an teacher at the university said that what he had been researching his whole life was nonsense “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the out- ward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world. “
Caring He was very distraught to hear that his mother and sister were ill and then when his mother died During her illness many arguments had been urged to persuade my mother to refrain from attending upon her. She had at rst yielded to our en- treaties, but when she heard that the life of her favourite was menaced, she could no longer control her anxiety.
Foreshadowing The author fills the text with foreshadowing comments involving Victor Frankenstein (VF) “It is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin.”
Lonely He tells his sister in one of his letters that he is lonely and he wants a friend “I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection. I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling.”
Curious VF is very curious he wants to be able to know the secrets of life and death, meaning he wants to be able to create life. “Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.”
He is driven by an strong feeling of ambition and curiosity He wants to be rich famous and he wants to able to have the power of the gods and the power to bring people back from the dead “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the out- ward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world”

Glossary

I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics, and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation. He was respected by all who knew him for his integrity and indefatigable attention to public business. He passed his younger days perpetually occupied by the a airs of his country; a variety of circumstances had prevented his marrying early, nor was it until the decline of life that he became a husband and the father of a family. As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them. One of his most intimate friends was a merchant who, from a flourishing state, fell, through numerous mischances, into poverty. Is man, whose name was Beaufort, was of a proud and unbending disposition and could not bear to live in poverty and oblivion in the same country where he had formerly been distinguished for his rank and magnificence. Having paid his debts, therefore, in the most honourable man- ner, he retreated with his daughter to the town of Lucerne, where he lived unknown and in wretchedness. My father loved Beaufort with the truest friendship and was deeply grieved by his retreat in these unfortunate circumstances.

Word What I think Definition
distinguished Recognisable made conspicuous by excellence; noted; eminent; famous
integrity intelligent adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
indefatigable ??? incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring
perpetually More so “ he was perpetually occupied” continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
flourishing Moving forward, maturing growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous
unbending Not budging, not changing my mind- my unbending mind refusing to yield or compromise; resolute.
disposition Not straightforward, not simple state of mind regarding something; inclination.
magnificence Amazing the quality or state of being magnificent splendor; grandeur; sublimity
wretchedness Badness, something bad very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable

Foreshadowing in Frankenstein

Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by such slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity or ruin. When I look back, it seems to me as if this almost miraculous change of inclination and will was the immediate suggestion of the guardian angel of my life—the last effort made by the spirit of preservation to avert the storm that was even then hanging in the stars and ready to envelop me. Her victory was announced by an unusual tranquillity and gladness of soul which followed the relinquishing of my ancient and latterly tormenting studies. It was thus that I was to be taught to associate evil with their prosecution, happiness with their disregard.

It was a strong effort of the spirit of good, but it was ineffectual. Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.

As seen in The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrarator is foreshadowing so many things, though we haven’t finished the whole book of Frankenstein we all know the classic theory is that Dr. Frankenstein bought the monster alive with lightning, and in the end, the monster was his ‘down fall’. We can already see the foreshadowing of this story, when the narrator says “the last effort made by the spirit of preservation to avert the storm that was even then hanging in the stars and ready to envelop” this is foreshadowing of the strom that Dr Frankenstine uses to create the monster. When the narrator “Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction” this is foreshadowing that the monster that Dr Frankenstine will create with be his “terrible destruction”.            

Tone and mood in The Tell Tale Heart

No! They heard! I was certain of it. They knew! Now it was they
who were playing a game with me. I was suffering more than I could
bear, from their smiles, and from that sound. Louder, louder, louder!
Suddenly I could bear it no longer. I pointed at the boards and cried,
Yes! Yes, I killed him. Pull up the boards and you shall see! I killed
him. But why does his heart not stop beating?! Why does it not stop!?”

The author uses a lot of exclamation marks so emphasise that the main character is stressed and scared. This is an example of tone which defiantly develops, and leaves the story with a big note. This is a example of mood, because us as the readers we can see that the main character is getting more and more scared, because his sentences are either broken up into chunks, or they end in a exclamation mark.

The broken up in the text is showing us that he is stressed and scared; because when we get scared or stressed we tend to talk in short sharp sentences, unlike when we are talking calmly when we talk in nice care long sentences. This is an example of tone and mood because as the reader we can see that the narrator is getting stressed or scared, because he’s talking up in short sharp chunks, which leads to the book of the book to be more intense. 

 

The Gothic Protagonist

Contrasting Ideas

In the story The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, there is a gothic protagonist in the story. This protagonist is very unknown such as the gender, name and other unknown ideas. This character has a very contrasting qualities such as caring and barbaric. Before he kills the old man he says that “I did not hate the old man; I even loved him”; but then after he kills the old man he “…cuts off the head, then the arms and legs.” which shows us (the audience) that he has a very barbaric quality he has which is very contrasting with the caring side of him. 

Another contrasting quality is how very thoughtless yet he is also mindful. He very thoughtless kills the man and cuts up the old man, but when he is cutting up the old man he “… was careful not to let a single drop of blood fall to the floor….Then I put the boards down again, carefully, so carefully that no human eye could see that they had been moved”, which is a very contrasting quality with the thoughtless him cutting the old man up.

Driven by passion or strong emotions.

At the beginning of the strop the main character says that they would kill the man over the scariness of his eye, ” His eye was like a vulture….”; due to the fact of the uncomfortableness of the eye and the fact that the main character is insane the main character, goes and kills the old man, cut the old man up into five pieces, and carefully put them under the floor boards in the room. A few minutes later the police comes and walk around the house. Over this period of time the main character keeps hearing this sound, the sound of what they think as the old man’s heart beating, when it is the main character’s heart beating. When the police sit down the sound of the main character’s heart beat increases, until it drives the main character to confess to killing the old man and showing the police where the main character placed the old man’s body. When the main character kills the old man the strong emotion of anger towards the eye makes the main character kill the old man, and then the guilt from killing the old man is also there after he kills the old man, which is why the main character’s heart was beating. The main character’s heart beating was the symbol of his strong guilt building up until the main character confessed.

Generally secretive/ has an “air mystery”

We have no nothing about this main character, we don’t know how this person is ill, we know nothing about his background or anything about this person at all. The main character says that “I have been ill” but we have no idea what type of ill; until the main character says “I full control of my mind”, which leads us to believe that it might be a head injury or illness, such as the main character being insane. We no nothing about who this person is, where this person is from, or how he knows the old man he kills. We don’t even know what gender this person is.

 

 

Foreshadowed by something negative

At the start of the short story the narrator foreshadows that the main character was mentally ill by already by saying “It’s true! Yes, I have been ill very ill”. They went on to explain that the main character’s illness did cause a mental change “made my mind, my feelings, my senses, more powerful”. This already ‘odd’ behavior or not ‘normal’ human behavior. They never state throughout the story they have gotten better, therefore making the reader more sceptical of whether or not this person is the right mind or not.