Frankenstein dialectical journals

(Evaluate) “will you have the kindness to inform me whither you are bound ?’ You may conceive my astonishment on hearing such a question addressed to me from a man on the brink of destruction” (pg. 9) The author is trying to show that something terrible has happened to this man. The author is indicating that the man is obviously running from something or someone when he shows satisfaction that they are going to the North Pole. Also its the first question he asks like its the thing hes most concerned about. Especially since it could have been possibly the last thing he ever asked of.
(Connect) “We were nearly surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides, scarcely leaving her the sea-room in which she floated.” (pg.8) It is said one of Mary Shelley’s favorite literature piece was “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Like in the story it sets off in icy waters with the ship stuck, showing the power of nature. Which was a major theme in the Romantic era which Shelley was present in. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in present in the story with the theme of regret and the setting in the icy waters.
(Predict) “Everyone loved Elizabeth . The passionate and most reverential attachment with which all regarded her became…and looked upon Elizabeth as mine-mine to protect, love, cherish, and cherish.” (pg. 17-18) From observing the way Elizabeth is told about in the story and by Victor it looks as if she plays more of a role than a close friends of Victor. Saying this I think Victor and Elizabeth with fall in love or share somewhat of deeper connection. Even before reading Frankenstein I knew it was a dark story so the fact the Elizabeth is seen in the light shows she is the good in the story.
(Reflect) “I confess that neither the structure of languages, nor code of government, nor the politics of various states possessed attractions for me. It was the secret to heaven and earth that I desired to learn” (pg. 19) I think its human nature to want to learn the unknown and possess unworldly knowledge. This passage helps me connect the two when Victor says he wants to learn heavens secrets. Us humans will never stop trying to gain more knowledge and things like Victor say demonstrate our hunger for more.
(Predict) “He then took me into his laboratory an explained to me the uses of his various machine…Thus ended a day memorable to me: it decided my future destiny.” (pg.29) The reason this passage caught my attention is because of the last sentence. Considering that Victor was found starving and almost frozen in the middle of nowhere we can infer that this “future destiny” is definitely in a negative aspect. Victor’s destiny is probably caused by what he learned in that lab and what he did his new knowledge, which is most likely creating Frankenstein.
(Connect) “The astonishment which I had first experienced on this discovery soon gave place to delight and rapture” (pg. 31) I can connect this passage with another story we have read this year, “Jekyll and Hyde.” I say because when Jekyll first created Hyde he felt great and younger. After some time he became afraid of what he created like Victor when he created Frankenstein. He was happy at first then ended up afraid of what he did.
(Connect) “I returned to my old habits…In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from the other apartments by a gallery and staircase.” (pg.33) Another connection “Jekyll and Hyde” is when both experimenters, Jekyll and Victor, separate themselves form social aspects of their lives. Jekyll lost a good friend Lanyon over his work and Victor worked in silence for 2 years. Both dived deep into their work ignoring anything but their mad experiments.
(Question) “where I remained during the rest of the night, walking up and down in the greatest agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.” (pg.36) I was confused on why Victor didn’t think of what he was doing was maybe wrong, and had some consequences. He was creating a new life and was expecting only good things to come out of it which i find confusing. It may have been his mother’s death over-masking his judgement, but he must have at one point thought of what could go wrong with his experiment. So why didn’t we take into consideration the cons?

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