Milton, Geo-politics and Romantic Procrastination in Scotland! (Frankenstein, Chapters 15-21)

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Here is one of the most fascinating segments of Shelley’s novel, where the Monster, far from the image of the lumbering idiot that Universal Studios imprinted upon popular culture, eloquently relates his tale and reveals a depth of thought and soul that is heartbreaking. Actually, this all began at around Chapter 10 – where the Monster stalks, helps, learns from and is rejected by a poor and virtuous family, the De Laceys-  but I will address it here.

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Natural Vistas, Child-Care Panic and the Monster Speaks! (Frankenstein, Chapters 8-14)

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1882 cover of the  George Routledge & Sons edition of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. The Monster is looking like a Yankee Doodle Dandy.

 

My takeaways from Chapters 8 through 14 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus: Continue reading

Get Agrippa! Thoughts on Chapters 1-7 of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

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No plot recaps: that would be tedious reading. For a summary of what happens in these chapters, click here. Instead, I offer what I noticed, what made me curious and what made me react.

Let me add that when I first read Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus I may have been in 7th or 8th grade, and as much as this type of literature can be a pain in the ass to a feckless tween boy in search of horror thrills, I fell head first into it and got through it smoothly. I loved it. Continue reading

Frankenstein IS…

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Screenshot from The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957 (source: Wikimedia commons)

I settled on a theme for my 31 Days of Halloween blogging project, and it will revolve around a classic monster and one hell of a novel.

I don’t know what kind of place Frankenstein has in modern horror movements (it does have a very important one) but at the dawn of horror cinema and Gothic literature, the man and the monster were there. The novel’s transcendent ideas have seeped into all kinds of fictions, possibly more than we can imagine.

I’m going to take a dive on this blog (not a terribly deep one), but I’ll start with some basic, 9th grade English class research – a Google of all kinds of thematic guides to help you write papers.

Frankenstein is…

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