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HUMA 1910 Chapter Notes -Mary Shelley, Dazed, Simile


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMA 1910
Professor
Jill Lazenby

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When I found so astonishing a power placed within my hands, I hesitated a long time
concerning the manner in which I should employ it.
God like powers
Plays role of god
He has the power
Wonders if he should make his creation or not
Although I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation, yet to prepare a frame for
the reception of it, with all its intricacies of fibres, muscles, and veins, still remained a
work of inconceivable difficulty and labour.
confer or present (an honour, right, or gift).
something that is complex or detailed
how he should go about his work
I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of
simpler organisation; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to
permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as
man.
Exaggerated
if his creation should be like everything else or different but wanted to create a
human due to his understanding and knowledge
The materials at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous
an undertaking; but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed.
involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
He has the ability to restore life, and has everything that he needs to restore life
difficult and tiring
I prepared myself for a multitude of reverses; my operations might be incessantly
baffled, and at last my work be imperfect: yet, when I considered the improvement
which every day takes place in science and mechanics, I was encouraged to hope my
present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future success.
he believed that his work will lead to further creations and he'll be known for his
work and he can always perfect it
he will eventually succeed as he does not doubt he will fail
Nor could I consider the magnitude and complexity of my plan as any argument of its
impracticability.
the relative size of an object
Impossible to do or carry out
he can't imagine the size and difficulty of his plan as it could be impossible to do
so

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It was with these feelings that I began the creation of a human being. As the
minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to
my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet
in height, and proportionably large.
the appearance of the monster
imagery
After having formed this determination, and having spent some months in successfully
collecting and arranging my materials, I began.
No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in
the first enthusiasm of success.(Simile)
he believes his work will be awarded as he has discovered something new and
wonderful and believes that people will look at him as the creator of something
new and people will thank him for it
talks about his feelings when he discovered the astonishing power.
gives us who he is and what he wants
didn't regret his creation he was happy with it
a hurricane is a natural phenomena but his work isn't
Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and
pour a torrent of light into our dark world.
light symbolizes knowledge, discovery, and enlightenment. The natural world is a
place of dark secrets, hidden passages, and unknown mechanisms; the goal of
the scientist is then to reach light.
Man is always trying to break away from attachments
A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent
natures would owe their being to me.
he has a evil and good side to him
gives an insight to who he is and what he thinks like
makes him seem like a human god.
No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs.
wants to treat the creation like his son
thinks he'll be the father of a new race of creatures
his hidden emotions as he wants to be a father however he'll only be a father of
his own scientific creations
Pursuing these reflections, I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless
matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where
death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
bring dead to life
dead body parts created life form
he can destroy and recreate
every living is devoted is devoted to death
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These thoughts supported my spirits, while I pursued my undertaking with unremitting
ardour.
Unrelaxing
passion
My cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with
confinement. Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, I failed; yet still I clung to the
hope which the next day or the next hour might realise.
even when he started to get sick he still worked day/night leaving everything
behind to finish his creation as he was determined
One secret which I alone possessed was the hope to which I had dedicated myself;
and the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless
eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places.
one secret is his creation to make life as he enjoys to experiment
personifies nature as a girl restoring life was not founded what he did found the
creation of life
describes the light and the extent that scientist go too
keep trying and keep trying until they succeed
Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil, as I dabbled among the unhallowed
damps of the grave, or tortured the living animal, to animate the lifeless clay? My limbs
now tremble and my eyes swim with the remembrance; but then a resistless, and
almost frantic, impulse urged me forward;
dreams
he went to graveyard and got body parts of the dead to help create his creature
I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit. It was indeed but a
passing trance that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the
unnatural stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits. I collected bones
from charnel-houses; and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the
human frame.
Having a sharp point or tip.
a dazed or bewildered condition.
In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the
other apartments by a gallery and staircase I kept my workshop of filthy creation: my
eye-balls were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment.
The dissecting room and the slaughter-house furnished many of my materials; and often
did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation, whilst, still urged on by an
eagerness which perpetually increased, I brought my work near to a conclusion.
he was interested in studying the human anatomy and especially how death
effects our body.
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