Frankenstein - Critic Flashcards

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Punter - human qualities

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“The creature’s desire for companionship is one of his most human qualities”

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Punter - idealisation

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“The creature idealises the domestic world but is excluded from it”

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Punter - scientific progress

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“Frankenstein registers anxieties about scientific progress unaccompanied by social conscience”

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Punter - forbidden knowledge

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“Frankenstein is searching after forbidden knowledge, one of those over reachers who refuse to accept limitation and are subsequently punished”

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Punter - responsibility

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“The creature’s narrative suggests that Frankenstein’s main sin is not his act of creation, but rather his failure to take responsibility for what he produces”

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Hindel - gothic hero/villain

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“Victor Frankenstein is a typical Gothic hero/villain. Like Beckford’s Vathek, he displays an innocent desire to penetrate the secrets of heaven”

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Williams - boundaries/ liminality

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“The boundaries between the human and monster in Frankenstein remain problematically blurred”

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Johanna Smith - Henry

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“Henry is a model of conjoined masculine and feminine traits”

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Johanna Smith - Henry and Elizabeth

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“Clerval embodies, like Elizabeth, patience, clarity and self control”

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Mary Shelly - Henry

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“Henry’s wild and enthusiastic imagination was chastened by the sensibility of his heart”

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Caldwell - Walton

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“Walton is a less developed over-reacher than Frankenstein”

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Caldwell - Walton ambition

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“Walton’s reckless ambition and desire for glory are exactly the same as Frankenstein’s”

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Caldwell - narrative

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“The first part of Walton’s narrative serves to foreground the cautionary note of the text”

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Veeder

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“Victor thinks of women as correspondents and seeks male companionship”

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Karen O’Brein - male and female sexuality

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“He’s [Victor] transgressed against the female principle of nature and the male principle of God”

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William Godwin

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believed mankind harboured “universal benevolence” and inherently shows love and pity

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John Locke - life starts

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“Blank slate”

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John Locke - where ideas come from

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“All ideas come from sensation or reflection”

Shelley read Locke’s work winter of 1816-17

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau - man and freedom

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“Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau - how man should live

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Man should live as a “noble savage”

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Anthony Badalamenti - Percy Shelley

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“Victor is a man-maker who has difficulties being a woman-maker” relates to the fact Percy wanted a son instead of daughters and neglected Mary after their daughters passed away

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Percy Shelley

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“His original goodness was gradually turned into revenge”

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Hawels human heart

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“deep insight into the natural workings of the human heart”

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Small Shelley

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“Frankenstein himself is clearly and to some extent must intentionally have been a portrayal of shelley”
“if he is not Shelley, he is a dream of Shelley”

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Levine doubles

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“the monster and Frankenstein are doubles, two aspects of the same being”

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Moers birth

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“he defies mortality by giving birth”
“death and birth were hideously mixed”

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Johnson female role

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“the story of Frankenstein is the story of a man who usurps the female role by giving birth”

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Mellor relationships with men

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“Victors most passionate relationships are with men rather than women”

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Mellor nature

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“nature presues Victor”
“nature punished Victor”

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Butler parenting

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“when it comes to parenting, Frankenstein himself is a monster”

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Lipking

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“is the creature a natural man or an unnatural monster?”

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Tan

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“Frankenstein elucidates the marked importance of women as guiding, maternal figures in the family”

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Wallstonecraft

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“should they be beautiful, everything else is needless”

women are only valued for their appearence - Elizabeth