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Outline For Frankenstein Essay

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

In the Gothic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley integrates the rhetorical devices figurative language, imagery, and tone to impart the concept that the desire to acquire knowledge and emulate God will ultimately result in chaos and havoc that exceeds the boundaries of human restraint.

I.     Life of Mary Shelley / Characteristics of Gothic Literature
     A.     Life of Mary Shelley
          1.     Eleven days after Mary Shelley’s birth, her mother, the famed author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, succumbed to puerperal fever, leaving her [Mary…show more content…

     B.     Characteristics of Romantic / Gothic Literature
          1.     Romantic literature everywhere includes themes such as: imagination was praised over reason, emotions over logic, and intuition over science—making way for a vast body of literature of great sensibility and passion.
          2.     This literature emphasizes a new flexibility of form adapted to varying content, encourages the development of complex and fast-moving plots, and allows mixed genres and freer style.
          3.     No longer tolerated, for example, were the fixed classical conventions, such as the famous three unities (time, place, and action) of tragedy.

II.     Rhetoric in the Novel
     A.     Conflict
          1.     From the tortures of my own heart, I turned to contemplate the deep and voiceless grief of my Elizabeth. This also was my doing! And my father’s woe, and the desolation of the late so smiling home – all was the work of my thrice-accursed hands...Thus spoke my prophetic soul, as torn

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Topic #1
Discuss the true nature and personality of the creature in Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Outline
I. Thesis Statement: Although the creature behaves viciously and murders several people, he is not inherently evil or malicious.

II. Creation of the creature
A. The creature as a product of Victor Frankenstein:
1. Construction of creature from body parts
2. Victor brings the creature to life
3. Rejection of the creature by Frankenstein
4. Confusion and pain of rejection
5. Experience of physical senses
6. Emotional response
B. The creature as a lost innocent:
1. Wanders in the woods, alone and confused
2. Discovery of food and fire
3. Seeking shelter from natural elements

III. The creature in society
A. Second rejection by humans:
1. The peasant flees from the creature
2. He is isolated from society
B. Creature understands he is repulsive to humans:
1. Prefers to hide in the forest, away from people
2. The creature realizes he is ugly
C. The benevolent nature of the creature:
1. Admiration of the De Lacey family
2. Anonymous acts of kindness towards the family
3. Appreciation of music and literature
4. Attempt to communicate with M. De Lacey
a. Seeks companionship from the father
b. Experiences sadness instead of anger at Felix’s attack
5. Burns down cottage after De Laceys move out
a. First violent act in response to rejection
D. The creature attempts to save the drowning girl:
1. Attacked by girl’s father
2. Further rejection by society

IV. Creature’s relationship with Frankenstein
A. Rejection and abandonment by “father”:
B. Creature discovers identity of his creator:
1. Creature experiences true rage
C. Creature demands a mate from Frankenstein:
1. Only wants to be left alone with a companion
2. Promises not to harm anyone
D. Creature’s...