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starprincess | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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Direction for Sources and Help with Thesis: Nature and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

My topic is, "Nature as Victor Frankenstein's Physician."  Where can I find sources to help support my my research paper on this topic.   How do I go about writing and my introduction and thesis statement?

 

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM (Answer #3)

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Perhaps one of the best ways to support your topic is through textual evidence. For example, in chapter five of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor states that his illness, brought on by the realization of what he has brought upon mankind (the Creature), begins to dissipate given the coming of spring. Essentially, Victor recovers through his ability to observe "outward objects with...pleasure." It is the promise of new life and regeneration which heals Victor.

As for research which supports this stand, eNotes offers a summary on the theme of nature within the novel. Outside of that, simple academic searches using the cues of "Victor Frankenstein, Nature, and Healer" prove to be very fruitful in defining the healing power of nature for Victor. Great academic research sites are JStore and EBSCO.

Your thesis should include the idea that you wish to prove in your paper. For example, I am providing a couple sample thesis statements which would support the idea of your paper.

-Mary Shelley's Frankenstein illustrates the fact that nature serves as Victor's healer, or physician.

-The Romantic aspects of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein personify nature through its power to serve as Victor's physician and healer. 

Your introduction should include a brief summary on the use of nature in the Romantic novel, a summary of Victor's multiple illnesses, the illustration of the power of nature in the novel, and your thesis.

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