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"It can be useful to think of the Gothic in terms of certain key cultural and literary oppositions: barbarity
versus civilisation; the wild versus the domestic (or domesticated); the supernatural versus the apparently
`natural'; that which lies beyond human understanding compared with that which we ordinarily
encompass; the…

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conversations with the other two, and this triangular pattern marks the exclusion of all other characters from
the story.
Return to Epistolary:
Elizabeth's letter in chapter 6 reflects how Frankenstein has been cut off from outside world,
encapsulated by obsession.
Learn more about brothers and Justine ­ setting scene for…

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o `convulsive motion agitated his limbs'
o jerky movements ­ unnatural ­ similar to lack of control a newborn has
Instruments of Life:
o Lightning
o Prometheus
o Not shocking detail = less controversial
Victor's dream in which Elizabeth dies
o Putting two things next to each…

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injustice. `Abortion' ­ paradoxical, having a mother, metaphorical ­ unwanted and neglected. Implicated guilt
of abortionist, reminds of Frankenstein's role.


Shelley makes allusions so that the reader draws analogies
`Plutarch's Lives, Volney's Ruins of Empire, Goethe's The Sorrows of Werther and Milton's Paradise Lost all
represent ideas important in…

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o Role reversal: initially Frankenstein took on `god role' and creation `adam role' ­ failure to comply leads
to role reversal where creation holds power
o Role Reversal at very end, Frankenstein fearlessly chasing Creation, Doppleganger.
o Motif: `You seek knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently…

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2. Frankenstein doesn't exist but is Walton's externalisation of anxieties and fears.
3. Walton is Shelley's externalisation
o `Tangles' storyline
o `Parallel personalities'
o `Demonic projection of tormented psyche'
Andreas Rohrmoser, `Mary Shelley seems not to condemn the act of creation but rather frankenstein's lack of
willingness to accept the…

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o That lies beyond human understanding vs ordinary
o Unconscious vs Waking mind
o Passion vs reason
o Night vs Day David Punter, emag 29
Questions were raised about the elusive boundary between life and death, during the 1790s an Italian
physician named Luigi Galvani performed one of the first…

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Dream = manifestation of guilt and responsibility
`The past appeared to me in the light of a frightful dream'
`I was possessed by a kind of nightmare'
Frankenstein passive in dreams, `presented', `possessed', powerless, what he has been repressing surfaces
Unlike earlier in the novel here, there is a lack…

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Ironic ­ the creation is believed to be morally cruel due to its ugly appearance, concept of external reflecting
internal, however it isn't, but due to this treatment it does fulfill the expectation of an evil monster.
Therefore you can argue either way
N.B Attempts role of Adam ­ looking…


Sian Dunn


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Anushka Dave


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Abbie K


Wonderful notes here! And well organised too! :-)

Emma Robertson


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