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Frankenstein paper

  1. 1. FRANKENSTEIN PAPER
  2. 2. Make sure you read the assignment sheetcarefully. Also look over the other papermaterials. Look over the Frankenstein PaperChecklist.
  3. 3. Introduction Paragraph –•A good introduction will be about 4-6 sentences. A few don’ts•Avoid generalizations•Avoid sweeping statements •“Since the beginning of time” / “FRANKENSTEIN is one of the greatest novels ever written”•Avoid too much plot summary•Don’t dive too much into Shelley’s biography
  4. 4. Introduction Paragraph Do’s The introduction draws the reader into a specific and compelling thesis about the passage that illuminates the significance of key features of the argument. The introduction may touch upon abstract ideas or questions that will be answered. Also – don’t summarize the plot, but use the plot as a way of introducing the ideas that will be discussed. Here are some samples fromprevious papers on Frankenstein
  5. 5. The first two sentences haveThroughout the years, there have nothing to do with the rest of been many remakes of Mary the introduction. Shelly’s Frankenstein. There have been countless remakes of There are grammatical errors and movies trying to portray a typos here. different aspect of what Frankenstein is or should have There’s no thesis, just a description. been. One major storyline that Not an argument, just stating most forget to express is the the obvious - Shelley talks relationship between the main about sympathy, but what does characters in times of need & she say about it? sadness. Mary Shelly implements an element of sympathy in Frankenstein to help understand the relationship that Victor Frankenstein has with Henry Clerval and others throughout the book.
  6. 6. Mary Shelley lived in eighteenth century, where This one spends too much time Enlightenment ideas were spreading throughout talking about history, not Europe. It was during this time that science was enough about what the paper growing exponentially with breakthroughs in technology such as electricity, industrialization of is going to be about. labor, etc. To Mary Shelley, the introduction of electricity in particular seemed to directly parallel Prometheus’ gift of fire to humanity. Coming from Too much information about a very political, philosophical, and educated family, Shelley. it is very improbable that Mary Shelley did not discover the Promethean Myth before writing her novel.Frankenstein was written as a lesson about the search for knowledge, and the dangers that go Too many speculations (electricity / along with this pursuit.Although the protagonist, did Shelley know about Dr. Frankenstein, never specifically compares electricity) that don’t matter. himself to Prometheus, his actions clearly illustrate the dangers associated with surpassing human limits of knowledge. Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein in Prometheus’ image and subtitled The thesis isn’t an argument, but an her novel “The Modern Prometheus” as a way to explanation. There’s no road communicate political and moral issues of this map that explains what the rest pursuit of knowledge.By drawing an incontrovertible parallel to the Promethean myth of the paper is going to be Mary Shelley communicates a dire warning against about. the potentially disastrous results of humanity not being able to control its advances.
  7. 7. • While Frankenstein heavily revolves around This is better: the quest for discovering innovative technology and revealing new forms of knowledge, another significant part of the The first sentence clearly sets up book is the characters journey in trying to the topic. quench their innate desire for companionship and intimacy with others. The story is described briefly but Walton, Victor, and the monster yearn for relationships with others to share their specifically in connection with discoveries and lives, yet there is a constant what the paper is going to be struggle, and in many cases failure of about. attaining this type of connection and sympathy from others. By looking at specific interactions, confrontations, and events that The thesis explains the problem that take place in Walton, Victor, and the will be explored: the characters monster’s life , we can see the longing for pursue technology, which personal intimacy that is consistently being keeps them from happiness. contested by the curiosity of knowledge and one’s nature of being, as well as their desire to receive sympathy from the world around them. Throughout Frankenstein, the characters’ purposes revolve mainly around the pursuit of technology and unlocking knowledge that inhibits their ability to experience sympathy on a level that gives them meaning, and allows for true satisfaction and joy in life.
  8. 8. • In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley This is better: depicts characters which compel the reader to contemplate nature in both the external world and the internal one of the human The introduction sticks to the book, mind. Initially through Victor’s narration, explains which scenes are and later through that of the Creature, the going to be central to the natural world is conjured vastly around the paper, and sets up the key delight of pure, unbridled sensation and themes that will be explored. vividly under the intense scrutiny of scientific observation. The Creature and his creator are consumed by a fascination with The thesis is clear – it is going to be these sublime landscapes and ideals, driving a discussion of sympathy and them each to seek the peripheries of the sublime, and the flow of experience, leaving behind the closer, more the paper is obvious . nuanced human experience of sympathy. For both Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it holds that as preoccupation with the sublime increases, one’s attention to sympathy decreases, a correlation that induces them to drive each other to ruin.
  9. 9. Body ParagraphsLook over the checklist for questions to ask of your body paragraphs. Also, look at the material on claims, evidence, and analysis.Here are some examples of body paragraphs.
  10. 10. Also, an all knowing narrator usually presents facts to the audience the letters are not entirely factual. Throughout the course of the story, there is no proof that the Monster is actually real. All that we are presented with is actions the Monster did from Victor’s point of view. The only other people that have seen the Monster have also been killed by it. There is reason to believe that the Monster does not The paragraph has about six exist and that Victor himself is the Monster. He different ideas. There’s no talks about it as if it is another person but it may not be. The Monster could represent specific evidence and no claim Victor’s inner demons coming to light which he that organizes the paragraph. has no control over .When the Monster was It’s full of speculations that created it can be seen as his inner demons finally escaping and casting its shadow onto the don’t have evidence. Any one world. Victor is appalled by this and becomes of these ideas might be an sick in an attempt to fight off his demons but interesting idea for a he fails. It is also entirely possible that Victor killed William in the park that night as his paragraph, but together there’s creation. That could be a reason why Victor no focused reading or feels so guilty about Justine being put to death argument. but doing nothing about it. Victor also could have killed Clerval on the boat just as the towns people said. There is no concrete proof that the Monster in fact exists. That is until the A claim for this paragraph that very last chapters of the book. This can confuse might have worked is, “Since all the reader and cast doubt onto the rest of the we know about the monster is story. If the Monster may not exist what else could be made up by Victor. Shelley removes presented through his own this doubt when Walton recounts a first-hand point of view, Victor’s story experience of seeing the Monster shortly after lacks a certain degree of Victor dies, but for almost the entire book there is doubt cast about the plot. credibility.”
  11. 11. Victor’s life changes for the better and he begins to put the monster in his past. He becomes engaged to Elizabeth and decides he needs to Journey to England and gain more knowledge from an English Philosopher to succeed in his creation of a female creature. His The paragraph is all plot summary. lifelong friend Henry Clerval There’s no argument here. accompanies him. After a while Victor departs from his friend and There’s one sentence of buried heads to Scotland to complete his analysis (Just as Pandora’s box . creation. As he works, he has . .), but that’s really it. feelings of “foreboding of evil.” After much thought he realizes that only The claim is a description, not an misery will ensue if he continues his argument. work. He disposes of the unformed creature. When the monster learns that he will not have a mate, he There’s one quote in the entire warns “I will be with you on your paragraph and little wedding night.” Just as Pandora’s explanation or unpacking of it. box contained death, sin and other forms of evil, so does Victor’s monster as he continues to reek evil and destruction of Frankenstein’sworld.After the murder of his friend Clerval and his wife Elizabeth he knows he must rid the world of his monster and sets out to find him.
  12. 12. The “birth” of the creature by Victor is similar to a mother giving birth to child inasmuch as Victor takes the role of the mother, his lab is a surrogate womb, and the creature is the child. Victor’s This works pretty well. excitement prior to the birth of the creature is similar to the excitement of an expecting mother prior to childbirth, but unlike an expecting mother The claims sets up an argumentative Victor’s excitement stems from scientific discovery flow that the rest of the not from a preconceived feeling of love for an unborn child. There are also similarities with the paragraph unpacks. physical toll of child birth and the illness’s that Victor suffered during both of the creations scenes. Victor states that “My cheek had grown Ideally, there would be more pale with study, and my person had become specific evidence from the text emaciated with confinement.” Victor experiences exhaustion and other ailments before and after than the one quote. the creation of each creature; this is similar to the exhaustion a mother would experience during and after childbirth. What should be noted is that Still, there is evidence from the text when Victor assumes the role of the mother figure to back up the provocatvie he essentially took over the role of women in reading the writer sets up in regards to their ability to create life. What also can be inferred by this is that Victor has essentially the opening paragraph. taken away the need for women for reproduction. Victor was not only doomed to failure from his desire to violate the natural limits of human The end of the paragraph offers an knowledge, but by not caring for his child like a analysis that connects themes mother would and therefore created a monster with a thirst for vengeance. Victor planned to use in the book. the fruits of his labor to help mankind, but he did not take into account the responsibilities of the care and protection of his creation and was certainly not prepared for it either.
  13. 13. Victor’s desire for sympathy took a drastic change after he realized the monster he had created, and the seriousness to which he neglected all the people that brought him joy. The monster’s creation stirred up Victor’s need for sympathy in terms of reviving his relationships with his family, friends, and romantic other. Frankenstein’s good friend Clerval was the first person he saw after creating This works: the monster and he utterly desired to rekindle the relationships that were so important to him before. Upon Clerval’s arrival Frankenstein stated, “Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval; The paragraph is pointing out the his presence brought back to my thoughts my connection between Victor’s father, Elizabeth, and all those scenes of home so scientific pursuits and his dear to my recollection.” Victor clearly shows how his heart and mind have been absent from the failure in personal family and friends he loves the most, and relationships. recognizes how comforting the presence of a good friend is. Clerval not only gives Victor affection and care, but also truly acts as a way to bring Victor It uses evidence well throughout. back to the reality of what’s important. Elizabeth was not only Victor’s love, but also one who continually showed sympathy toward him, in his weakest stages of life. On the night of Victor and Elizabeth’s wedding night he proclaimed, “You are The analysis explains the sorrowful my love. If you knew what I have suffered, and what I may yet endure, you would significance of the examples endeavor to let me taste the quiet, and freedom from the plot. from despair, that this one day at least permits me to enjoy.” Here Victor is expressing the misfortunes and lost he has experienced, and the sympathy he desires from Elizabeth is one which provides affection, compassion, and a mere comfort to the distress he has faced. Victor’s selfish ambition brought him to this place in his life accompanying much sorrow, and consequently took the life away from the people that he loved the most that brought true meaning to his life in the beginning.
  14. 14. Conclusions• Most conclusions stink because it’s the last thing you’ll write before you turn in the paper. The general feeling of most conclusions is “I’m done with this stupid paper and now I have to write a few more sentences.”• Look over the tips on the checklist for advice on how to make your conclusions not stink. While the conclusion is not the part of the paper I grade most stringently, “A” papers have solid conclusions.

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