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"I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them" (Shelley 15) - This quote describes in a roundabout sense the main troubles of the monster.
Thesis: Frankenstein's story is one where emotions of love and hate are felt and expressed in many different ways throughout the various characters. Although Frankenstein reveals love for his friends and family and cousin Elizabeth at the beginning of the novel, his feelings of hate are what stands out the most. The strong hatred in his creations make Frankenstein the real monster. Victor shows his monstrosity through the many different priorities he changes through the book, the cowardice actions he commits, and he lack of reasonable judgement in decisions.
Most Important Thematic Ideas:
Dangerous Knowledge- "It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward 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 it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world" (Shelley 2) - The pursuit of knowledge is what Frankenstein is known for. Victor tries to gain the secrets of life, and the monster tries to gain knowledge of the world.Knowledge proves dangerous as Victors act of creation results in the destruction of everyone dear to him.
Monstrosity- "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery" (Shelley 16)- Frankenstein's monster is the most literal case of the monster in the novel. There are a number of monstrous entities in the novel, including Victor. His ambition, secrecy, and selfishness separate him from humane society. He may be a bigger monster than the one he created as the is eventually consumed by the obsessive hatred of his creation.
"I was scarcely hid, when a young girl came running towards the spot where I was concealed, laughing, as if she ran from some one in sport. She continued her course along the precipitous sides of the river, when suddenly her foot slipt, and she fell into the rapid stream. I rushed from my hiding-place; and, with extreme labor from the force of the current, saved her, and dragged her to shore. She was senseless; and I endeavored by every means in my power to restore animation, when I was suddenly interrupted by the approach of rustic, who was probably the person from whom she had playfully fled..." (Shelley 16). This quote describes the benevolence of the monster which is in contrast to the other pictures where he is seen as a murderer.
"The child still struggled, and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart; I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet. "I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph: clapping my hands, I exclaimed, 'I, too, can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him,'" (Shelley 16). Frankenstein's monster is seen as a cold hearted killer, but in reality he is acting through the way he was formed by the world.
"She left me, and I continued some time walking up and down the passages of the house, and inspecting every corner that might afford a retreat to my adversary. But I discovered no trace of him, and was beginning to conjecture that some fortunate chance had intervened to prevent the execution of his menaces, when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream. It came from the room into which Elizabeth had retired. As I heard it, the whole truth rushed into my mind, my arms dropped, the motion of every muscle and fibre was suspended; I could feel the blood trickling in my veins and tingling in the extremities of my limbs. This state lasted but for an instant; the scream was repeated, and I rushed into the room.." (Shelley 23). Another place where he is seen as a savage, but in reality he was doing what the world made him do.
"Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me is; It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be..." (Donne).
Annotation/Thesis: This poem exhibits Donne's metaphysical love mode. He makes even the least likely images into symbols of love and romance. The image of the flea that has bitten the speaker and his beloved make a conflict of sex between the two. One wants to and one doesn't. Due to this, the speaker, maybe running out of ideas, uses the flea as an outlet. The body is full of blood of both of them. This shows how innocuous mingling can be. The reasoning behind his efforts is that since the flea is harmless, their sexual mingling is also therefore harmless. Yet, despite the valiant effort, the beloved kills the flea, along with the hopes of the speaker to engage in sexual relations.
Most Important Themes:
Sex- "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be... " (Donne) - Rather than trying to arouse his beloved, the speaker appeals to her sense of reason. He may believe she wants to engage in activities as much as he does. Nevertheless, he is shown in the end her true feelings. He may have chosen the wrong way of courting this woman because it didn't work out in the end.
Guilt and Blame- "Though use make you apt to kill me, Let not to that self-murder added be, And sacrilege, three sins in killing three..." (Donne) - Though the speaker thinks his lady shouldn't be worried about the shame of sex, he makes the woman feel guilty as his words are full of blame. He thinks he has a role as a ruler or husband over her, which he does not at all. As part of his seduction, he tries to convince her not to kill the flea, saying it would be a great crime. But she doesn't listen to him and ends the fleas life and with it, the speaker's arguments. It seems she is more worried about how society will treat her if it is found out that she was so easy to court.