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Major Themes of Frankenstein

Alex Blott, Alexandra Campbell
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03 Apr 2017
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In this audio lesson we will examine the major themes within Frankenstein. Firstly there is Knowledge and (Self?) Discovery. We look at the dangers of knowledge & Frankenstein’s downfall. Trope of hubristic doctors, think of Dr Faustus. Secondly we have The Sublime. We ask the question what is the sublime and look at Romanticism and the influence of nature. Thirdly there is Isolationism/Secrets - Frankenstein is obsessed with unlocking life’s secrets. The reality of the monster's appearance forces him into isolation. And finally, in relation to the subtitle Monstrosity and The Enlightenment, we ask questions about what it means to be monstrous, including the fact that the monster is educated, compassionate, and eloquent, but prejudices about appearance make him a monster.

We explore the meaning behind the full name of the novel ‘Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is punished for trying to further knowledge, just as Prometheus was punished for bringing fire. Light represents knowledge in the book. Illuminating the dark, unexplored places. We explore tensions of Enlightenment science contesting divine beings and religion.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has horrified readers throughout the generations. In this series, especially written for GCSE students, we provide detailed analysis across all the key elements of this sublime novel, from its context, genre, an in-depth discussion of all the characters.

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  • English 1st Language

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