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Department
English
Course Code
ENGLISH 1C06
Professor
Jeffery Donaldson

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Day 4
January 21/2012
English 1C06
Frankenstein
The world of the academy, the ostensible upper authority that tells him his research is “old hat”
Victor Frankenstein, his family and relations, loves and attachments in the social world
The natural world, the Alps, nature in all its restorative power; the Monster and his world as it is
borne of these
“…until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me a light so brilliant and
wondrous… the cause of generation and life…”; these are the powers of nature that Victor tries
to harness in creating his own being
Frankenstein is the embodiment of the two natures:
1) Responding to our desire for peace of mind, love, the benign
2) A nature that is alien, remote, isolated
- Nature as a metaphor of alienation and isolation
Knowledge: prognostication from the Enlightenment
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