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"Frankenstein by Mary Shelley looks at what happens when one man decides to play God. His actions ultimately lead to his own downfall ... "
A series of short ClickView videos deconstructing the novel's context and background as well as Shelley's writing style.
Eight things you need to know about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
"In his acceptance speech at the 2018 BAFTA awards, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro – a creator rather fond of monsters himself – praised the writer Mary Shelley for giving a “voice to the voiceless”. Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus was Shelley’s first novel, written at the tender age of 18. Here are some things you might not know about her most famous creation, first published 200 years ago in 1818 ... "
The strange and twisted life of Frankenstein
"Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley began writing “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” when she was eighteen years old, two years after she’d become pregnant with her first child, a baby she did not name ... "
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in Charts
"Two centuries after the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the monster she created still stalks our imaginations ... "
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: what made the Monster monstrous?
This paper discusses the genesis of the famous story of Frankenstein which arose from a dream experienced by Mary Shelley whilst on a holiday shared with her husband Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Dr Polidori and her step sister Claire Clairmont. The novel relates how the creature created by Victor Frankenstein horrifies him, is rejected by him and called a monster. The monster's ensuing despair and subsequent murderousness is eloquently described. The whole book is clearly connected to Mary Shelley's experience as an infant whose mother died after giving birth to her and her subsequent loss, as a mother, of her own new born infant. It is suggested that the novel imaginatively describes what it is to have been primarily rejected as an infant and to feel regarded as a monster.
Frankenstein for the twenty-first century: An exploration of contemporary issues.
Discusses the relevance of the character of Victor Frankenstein in the novel by Mary Shelley in classroom discussions of moral and ethical issues. Identification of a preferred social issue related to the novel `Frankenstein'; Role of a balanced liberal arts education; Pervasiveness of the theme of social responsibility of scientists; Expression of a connection to good parenting.
Some 200 years since it was written, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is now shorthand for the horrors of science run amok. But when author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the 18-year-old Mary's manuscripts, she finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself. She also discovers clues of another writer's influence, someone very close to Mary.
Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein
Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh
When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.
The Birth of Horror: Frankenstein
The Birth of Horror: Frankenstein
This series examines the creation and popularity of the classic literary horror novels of the Victorian Era. The genre of the horror story gained immense popularity during the late nineteenth century and has retained its popularity for over a century. The classic gothic horror novels reveal the ambiguities of the Victorian Era, an era that experienced the changes of the Industrial Revolution and social repression at the same time. Nightmare! The Birth of Victorian Horror would be useful for classes on Literature, Western Civilization, Drama, Culture and Psychology. It is appropriate for middle school and high school.