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Frankenstein and Romanticism Essay

… Frankenstein and Romanticism

Having long been viewed as peripheral to the study of Romanticism, Frankenstein has been moved to the center. Critics originally tried to assimilate Mary Shelley's novel to patterns already familiar from Romantic poetry. But more recent studies of Frankenstein have led critics to rethink Romanticism in light of Mary Shelley's contribution. Gradually emerging from the shadow of her husband, she is increasingly being recognized as a distinct voice within Romanticism, a distinctly feminine voice within what seems to be a male-dominated movement.

The trend of recent studies of Frankenstein has been to view it as a critique of Romanticism, particularly as developed in Percy Shelley's poetry. Critics have argued that Frankenstein is a protest against Romantic titanism, against the masculine aggressiveness that…. [read more]

Frankenstein Since Its Publication in the 1800 Research Paper

… Frankenstein

Since its publication in the 1800's, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, has become a reflection of modern life as we know it. Where, it will discuss a number of different themes and motifs, to instill the feeling as well as emotions that the author would go through in her personal life. A good example of this can be found in the relationship that her husband (Percy Shelley) would have with James Lind. He was a scientist who would often work on a number of different experiments. His relations with Percy Shelley would serve as a catalyst for the novel. As her husband would discuss various experiments that Lind was engaging in (with the author). The most notable was taking dead frogs and watching their bodies move…. [read more]

Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Research Proposal

… ¶ … Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft's book a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) was written as a response to the proposed state-supported system of public education that would only educate girls to be housewives, a proposal made by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, the French minister of education after the French revolution (Mellor 367). The passion with which Wollstonecraft wrote a Vindication of the Rights of Woman was derived from her personal experience of inequality as a young woman in a patriarchal society and also by the injustice she experienced in her own family growing up, an injustice experienced primarily because of her gender given that she was raised in a home where her older brother, Ned (who by law…. [read more]

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Pursuit Term Paper

… Influenced by the works and lectures of Waldman and Krempe, Frankenstein endeavored to further his studies on natural science, including its methods. More specifically interested in the study of human life, he tried to discover and determine the origin and cycle of human life, stating, " ... I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed?...I determined thenceforth to apply myself more particularly to those branches of natural philosophy which relate to physiology" (36). This stage marked the accomplishment of Frankenstein's transition, for he had become detached to his society, in fact, to any creation that has to do with humanity and nature, and became engrossed with his experiment to bring about human life from sheer scientific experimentation.

Frankenstein's first transitional phase is best…. [read more]

Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein Is the Main Character Term Paper

… Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein is the main character of Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein," published in 1818. He is a brilliant and over-ambitious young Swiss who delves in natural science and ancient medicine and aspires to achieve the sole divine prerogative of creating life. Victor reaches this peak level of ambition because he has been pampered in childhood and, because of this, everything seems possible to him. Alfred Adler, like Sigmund Freud, believes that one's personality or lifestyle is fixed as early as 5 years old and that at this age, new experiences do not change that prototype but that these new experiences are interpreted according to this prototype (Boeree 1997). Adler points to three basic child situations, one of which is pampering. Pampered children, like Victor,…. [read more]

Trace How the World Changes Term Paper

… ¶ … trace how the world changes during the course of the 19th century, especially in the role of women in fiction. Edna Pontellier, the heroine of "The Awakening," is a modern woman of the late 19th century - searching for her freedom and meaning in her life. She represents how society and women developed throughout the 19th century, and how differently they were represented in fiction. However, while women were changing, they still lived lives essentially controlled by the men around them.

Edna Pontellier is a new type of heroine in 19th century fiction. She is truly "awakening" and realizing there is more to life than the roles assigned to women of the time. Chopin writes, "In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize…. [read more]

Frankenstein the Classic Horror Novel Term Paper

… Frankenstein

The classic horror novel "Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly has been studied, made into films, and still is one of the most popular horror novels ever written. The book tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a successful student who becomes obsessed with regenerating life from dead tissue. He creates a terrifying monster who gets loose and begins murdering and frightening the people of Geneva, especially friends and relatives of Victor. The monster tells Victor he is lonely and ostracized because of his size and appearance, and he asks Victor to make him a woman for a companion. Victor refuses, because he does not want to create another horrifying monster. Victor marries his sweetheart, Elizabeth, but the monster murders her, too.…. [read more]

Fiction: Richard III's Seduction of Anne Research Proposal

… ¶ … fiction: Richard III's seduction of Anne

Before you judge me too harshly, please understand that I was very young when I was betrothed to Edward, the son of the former king. I never really knew him, not as a man. I married before I even had the ability to dream of what it was like to have a romance with someone of the male gender. Most of my life had been spent amongst women, hearing horrible news of war, crouching in fear, learning various feminine accomplishments like dancing and sewing, and studying books about divinity suitable for the feminine mind.

And just as quickly as my marriage was created as the result of an alliance in war, my husband's life was cut short…. [read more]

Monstrous Natures in Frankenstein and Dracula Term Paper

… Monstrous Natures in Frankenstein and Dracula

The stories of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker in Frankenstein and Dracula, respectively, have been continuously frightening readers and audiences since they were first published. Frankenstein was first published in 1818, and later revised and republished in 1831; Dracula was published in 1897. Both novels have been in print since they were first published and have been adapted several times for theatre and film. Though both writers employ the use of a monster to convey and criticize Victorian themes. Monsters in these novels are not only created as such, but are also victims of their environments.

In Frankenstein, Shelley exploits the Victorian fear of change and technology and subsequently questioned religious beliefs of creation and evolution. In Frankenstein, it…. [read more]

Bride of Frankenstein This Is the Oldest Journal

… Bride of Frankenstein

This is the oldest film of these four, and it seems dated and overacted compared to today's standards. At the time, it was said to be one of the "greatest" horror films of all time, but compared to today's films, it seems old-fashioned and not very scary at all. It has the classic elements of a horror film, thought, including a frightening menace that terrorizes people, a sympathetic hero, and terrorized townspeople on a manhunt for the monster. There are the requisite storms, dark nights, and screaming women that are popular in horror films, too. It was interesting to see how the genre has changed over the times. Today, horror films are much bloodier and scarier, which shows how audiences have changed.…. [read more]

How Women Are Treated in Frankenstein Essay

… Role and Treatment of Women in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus (1818)

Read with gruesome fascination by generations of horror-seekers for nearly two centuries, Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, describes the animation of a "monster" created by Victor Frankenstein using electricity, a relatively new innovation that was also a source of popular fascination. Moreover, this novel also provides a number of insightful descriptions concerning the contemporaneous role of women in the early 19th century. To determine the facts, this paper reviews the relevant literature to examine the role and treatment of women in Shelley's novel, including how the male characters differ in their views of women. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings concerning the role and…. [read more]

Ethical Values Associated With the Portrayal of Women in Horror Movies Research Proposal

… ¶ … communication in the media. Specifically it will discuss ethical values associated with the portrayal of women in horror films. Typically, the portrayal of women in horror films is negative, sexist, and violent. Filmmakers portray the women as victims - helpless in the face of brutal attacks. They rarely have the ability to fight back, and when they win against the enemy, they are somehow seen as less "feminine" or womanly. Think of the Ripley character in "Alien," a tough, no-nonsense woman who wins, but is certainly not feminine or womanly in any sense of the word. When women win against the males in these films, they become more like men themselves. The ethical values of these films is practically nil, especially when it…. [read more]

Role and Importance of the Poets Essay

… ¶ … role and importance of the poets has changed throughout the history of mankind. Back in the period, the Romantics believed that the poet represented the spiritual guide of the people, who helped the reader identify their most internal emotions, intuitions and imaginations.

Today, the role of the poet is less certain than during those days and this is the result of numerous changes obvious within the society. During the Romantic period, reading was a primary activity of the population, but today, other distractions exist and make reading less popular. Television for instance, alongside with the internet, computer games and other such distractions make it less tempting for the public to engage in reading poetry. Nowadays then, reading poetry is an activity carefully selected…. [read more]

Beowulf as a Hero Lesson 1 Journal Journal

… Beowulf as a Hero

Lesson 1 Journal Entry #

Journal Exercise 1.3A: What makes a hero?

Beowulf is a hero who possesses strength, courage and loyalty; these are the elements that make up a hero during his time. There is a certain heroic code that must be followed in Beowulf and Beowulf follows that code perfectly. During the course of the poem, Beowulf changes as a person -- he matures, and this is a journey that is typical of heroes. Most heroes in literature don't start out as heroes. They may have the qualities lying dormant, but their journey is what turns them into a hero.

When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel, he is a strong and combative leader, but by the end he has…. [read more]

Metaphysical Poetry Journal Exercise 3.1A: Addressing Love Journal

… Metaphysical Poetry

Journal Exercise 3.1A: Addressing Love and Loss

I have left someone without knowing when I would see them again. It was a relationship that was very important to me, but it was, ultimately, one that I knew was not going to work in the long run. I still loved this person. I felt so sad to know that I might not see them again, but I felt that there was no other way. They asked me to reconsider the relationships, to give it another chance -- which was the most painful part. I wanted them to see things like I did. I wanted them to be okay with what was happening, because then, in some way, I would feel better.

To leave someone…. [read more]

Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House ) Term Paper

… Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House (1879)" became the landmark of realism, the prevalent genre of the theater during Ibsen's time. Realism was and is the literary movement that strives to portray life as it really is, in its accuracy, and avoids idealizations of it. "A Doll's House" is a modern prose drama that established Ibsen's reputation as a major Norwegian dramatist of his time. He used themes and structures of classical tragedy about ordinary people while bringing out his concern for women's rights and human rights, in general. Ibsen believed that husbands and wives must live together as equals and free to become their own selves. His unconventional treatment of marriage earned him the disapproval of critics and this unpopularity drove him out of Oslo…. [read more]

Enlightenment-Era, Neo-Classical Works With Romantic Term Paper

… The Enlightenment belief in the rational nature of government by human design rather than faith is stressed again and again, as leaders are shown to be corrupt and ignorant, and the characters at the heart of the drama, namely Cunegonde, Pangloss, and Candide, are persecuted for no just and moral reason. Only human reason, not divine reason prevails. There is no real ethical reason to the universe why some people are punished and other people are not. Unlike "Tartuffe," the reader is never sure of what is going to happen at the end of the fantastic scenarios, but only that there is no moral rhyme or reason to what will transpire.

In Candide, the Neo-Classical aesthetic of 'constructed' narrative and character, as was typical in…. [read more]

Rebellion and Conformity in Jane Term Paper

… 114).

It is quite interesting that in the first few chapters of the book, the author has insipidly spoken her mind and has clearly shown a very rebellious nature when she had the advantage of expressing herself through the voice of a child. Though it is a different type of rebellion, which is aimed not at the society but at the unjust and cruel attitude of people around her, still as a child Jane Eyre was presented as an absolute rebel. But this reveals the fact that in Victorian society, it was not possible for most women to break free of traditions and thus the only way Bronte could express her views openly was through the voice of a child.

But as soon as she…. [read more]

Science Fiction Film Repo Men Essay

… Repo Men (2010) is a postmodern science fiction/horror film set in the not-too-distant future in which technology has developed to the point where life extension through the use of artificial organs has become commonplace, at least for those with money or good credit ratings. Those who are unable or unwilling to pay their bills to The Union that has a monopoly on these body parts will be visited by brutal and psychopathic collection agents like Remy and Jake, who seem to enjoy ripping the organs out of bodies for a commission. Nor are they overly concerned with causing death and serious injury to their victims, and Jake indeed goes out of his way to inflict pain and suffering on them. Technology that has the potential…. [read more]

Martin Luther King Jr Creative Writing

… It is filled with a sense of hope and positivity.

The song is an exhibition of Lennon's anti-religion beliefs.

It is mainly about peace and getting people to realize that religious, political, regional differences don't hide the fact that we all are humans and that we have the same needs and wants and desires.

He targets evils like discrimination, selfishness, greed and calls for their extermination.

A very unhealthy perspective is his idea that religion is the cause of most unrest in the world. The youth should not be exposed to such ideas.


The song is simple, and very soothing.

Its mood is serene and slow, so much that it can calm people down.

It also invites or rather invokes reflection in the listener.…. [read more]

Humanities Importance Capstone Project

… Like Paul's and Muriel's fantasies, the image of Marilyn is mass-produced.

It is also a vision of what many Americans aspire to -- celebrity in popular culture.

Anyone can buy Marilyn's image -- just like Paul and Muriel strive to buy an image of beauty and success.

"In doing so, Warhol moves away from the elitist avant-garde tradition" by critiquing mass culture (Saari 1997).

The emptiness of pop culture and how a person is rendered into a crayon-colored celebrity is embodied in the Marilyn works.

Warhol's tone is parodic, however, and does not critique Marilyn (as Cather does with Paul) or celebrate even the rejection of mass culture, as Muriel does by the end of the film.


All three works function as a critique…. [read more]

Screen Play Movie Thesis

… Clueless (Movie) vs. Emma (Novel)

In Clueless, a 1995 movie adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Emma, writer/director Amy Heckerling took broad license with many aspects of the story. The plot, language, and setting were adjusted not only to modernize the novel but also to sell it to Hollywood producers and movie-going audiences; some symbols stayed consistent while other were don away with, and the same could be said of characters. But the similarities, and the popularity of the story, are even more striking than the differences. It could be said that Clueless is even a truer version of the story for the generation growing up in the mid-nineties. The novels portrayed people in settings contemporaneous to those of the original readers, and the adjustments…. [read more]

Poet Mary Wollstonecraft Term Paper

… ¶ … Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly and her works. Mary Shelley's best-known work is Frankenstein, or a Modern Prometheus, a work of fiction that has been remade into myth, film, and legend around the world. However, Shelley wrote several other works of fiction, including this daring and eye-opening novella that was suppressed during her lifetime because of its scandalous content. Mary Shelley's work was often controversial and darkly tragic at the same time. These elements come together in this novel of father-daughter incest, which she felt at least partially paralleled her own tragic life.

It is important to understand elements of Shelley's life to see just how this novel parallels her own short and difficult life. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in August 1797 in London.…. [read more]

Byron and Polidori John Polidori's Book Essay

… Byron and Polidori

John Polidori's book the Vampyre, as is well-known, was written as part of a challenge one summer, a challenge that also produced Mary W. Shelley's Frankenstein. Lord Byron was among the party that summer, and his Giaour, a lengthy poem with a vampiric theme, served as inspiration for Polidori. Polidori acknowledged as much in his introduction and drew on a number of themes and other elements in the formation of his own story of vampirism.

The Giaour of the title is a warrior, and he avenges the murder of his beloved Leila. She is a harem girl who is killed by her master for being unfaithful, killed by being thrown into the sea. The poem has a cross-cultural setting in that the…. [read more]

Social Change and Its Humor Idiom in the Twentieth Century Essay

… Humor in America

Evolution of Humor in the 20th Century

Social change in America has been affected by several waves of change in the makeup of the ethnic diversity of the country, and by the change in technology that made communication forms evolve extremely fast compared to any century prior. Starting in the late 19th century, thousands upon thousands of immigrants from Ireland, Germany, and Italy entered American shores, creating a diverse demographic that had never been seen before in any country. This brought about social problems like racial segregation, income disparity, and culture clashes that created the perfect storm for both comedy and tragedy of all forms. The oppressive forces of society also influenced American comedy, and the long tradition of Freedom of Speech…. [read more]

Lottery and Games Comparing and Contrasting Thesis

… Lottery and Games

Comparing and Contrasting "The Lottery" with the Hunger Games

While both Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" and the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' the Hunger Games address issues of institutionalized moral depravity, Jackson's short story is better read as an inverted representation of Christ's command, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," rather than as a glimpse of the sort of dystopian world the Hunger Games represents. The Hunger Games offers a sense of moral order through the character of Katniss, which barely surfaces in Jackson's tale. Jackson's "Lottery," after all, is more akin to a work of shocking satire than to an adventure story in which heroes and heroines overcome obstacles, character arcs are developed, and conflicts…. [read more]

zombies family structure and the romero trilogy Essay

… Throughout Night of the Living Dead, both Harry and Helen and Tom and Judy remain intact couples, all bitten together and none put into the precarious position of needing to destroy their significant other's reanimated corpse.

The third film in the trilogy, Day of the Dead, explores the radical concept of the potential to "train" zombies, keeping them as a sort of pet. Pets in American society are family members, and Bub is in fact Dr. Logan's pet project. His keeping of Bud and diligent feeding and training of Bud means that Dr. Logan becomes the Dr. Frankenstein to his monster, his Bub. Dr. Logan tries to impose the patriarchal family structure in which the father is progenitor and dominating authoritarian figure. He has the…. [read more]

Stem Cell Research Embryonic Term Paper

… Stem Cell Research

Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to help more than 100 million Americans who have life-threatening diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and many others (Feinstein, 2004).

However, the limits on the lines of stem cells available for federal funding has strictly limited researchers' ability to help treat these diseases and conditions (Feinstein, 2004). Since the policy was announced in 2001, the number of viable embryonic stem cell lines available to researchers who receive federal funding has drastically been reduced from 78 to 19.

Scientists believe that stem cell research can be used to create therapies and cures for a wide range of medical conditions, perhaps allowing a doctor to remove…. [read more]

Ring Casting Naomi Watts Martin Henderson Term Paper

… Night of the Living Dead

George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) is not only the single most influential zombie movie of all time, it is also reputed to be one of the first movies to employee color-blind casting. This casting choice actually added an entire racial and historical impact to the film which dramatically strengthened its overall impact. Though the entire movie was revolutionary for its time and genre, the final sequence in which the final main character (the black lead, Ben) is mistaken for a zombie and killed by his long-awaited rescuers is shocking and challenging even to modern film-goers. This is the sequence which is herein analyzed for five characteristics: the plot significance of this segment, the implications of the sequence…. [read more]

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