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Sameer Walia

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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.

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The Flea

"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.


Between Frankenstein and "The Flea" I have found one major thematic correlation. This is that it is dangerous to bring knowledge to someone who may not be inclined to understand the true power it beholds. In Frankenstein, for example, Victor tries to gain the secrets of life, which inevitably leads to his downfall because the monster also gains knowledge. This knowledge destroys the monsters life because it realizes the truth of the world he lives in. It knows it is never going to be accepted and uses this as probable cause to show its rage. Similarly, the speaker in "The Flea", attempts to produce some knowledge about sex and the flea to the woman and tries to mess with her head. By wanting to implant the act of sex into her brain, he is using his thoughts and knowledge to get what his wants through a sort of warped reason. This warped reason is what kills the flea and his argument in the end as the woman does not fall for such fraudulence and sham. The man sets himself apart through the use of knowledge in a way through spurious claims of innocuousness through the flea. In Frankenstein, the character that stands most apart is De Lacy. He is the only one who acts sane and nice enough to the monster to bring out the inner niceness in it. This niceness is blown away as the monster is shaped crooked by the world around him. De Lacy truly talks to the monster as a level person and therefore is the most stand out person.