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Literary Devices in Frankenstein
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Oh, where to begin. Light is associated with goodness and knowledge. Fire is symbolic of both human progress as well as the dangers of human invention. Er, or possibly the dangers of nature as oppo...
Although the frame story is exclusively set aboard Captain Walton’s ship in the frozen waters of the Arctic, the events of the story happen all over Europe, from Geneva to the Alps to France,...
Narrator Point of View
This story is told through the frame story of letters written by Walton to his sister. So ultimately, it is all his point of view. But within that frame, Victor tells him his own story. Deeper stil...
This novel is the first science fiction story – supposedly. It was also quite influenced by the gothic, romantic tradition that incorporates supernatural, horrific events and absurdly exagger...
Although there are elements of Romanticism in the text, particularly in regards to descriptions of nature’s effects, the story is also Gothic what with all the supernatural and creepy events....
Okay. Hands up out there if you did this at least once while reading the book: 1) rolled your eyes, 2) sighed with exasperation, 3) shouted, "Get over it already! Gosh!", or 4) all of the above. We...
What’s Up With the Title?
Well, Frankenstein is the name of the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, whom the book is about. Congratulations – you now know more than the average Joe, who thinks the monster created by the s...
What’s Up With the Epigraph?
"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clayTo mould me Man, did I solicit theeFrom darkness to promote me?" – Paradise Lost, X, 743-45Have you ever screamed at your parents, "Well, I didn’...
Classic Plot Analysis
Victor and his family are content, happy-go-lucky, adopting-future-wives-as-sisters kind of people. This is super boring. We sure hope something happens soon. Something like a conflict. Victor̵...
Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy
Victor wants to uncover the secret of bringing things to life. Victor becomes aware of the vast power and destructiveness of nature. He seeks an education at the university of Ingolstadt. Unfortuna...
Three Act Plot Analysis
Victor creates a monster and abandons it in the world.The monster becomes unhappy because no one understands him; he seeks to punish his creator for his abandonment. They both end up alone –...
There is nothing to see here, people. Apparently, those in the 18th century did not have sex. Ever. If they even thought about sex, they went around pretending they didn’t. Unfortunately for...
John Milton: Paradise Lost – "Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay/To mould me Man, did I solicit thee/From darkness to promote me?" (Epigraph, 10.9, 15.3)Plutarch: Lives (15.3)Johann Wolf...
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