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Frankenstein by Mary ShelleySo i am reading Frankenstein for my english class. I have a...

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bonniebliss | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2012 at 4:12 AM via web

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

So i am reading Frankenstein for my english class. I have a huge project i have to do on it, not to mention i have to present it as well, and i have no idea wht to do. we're spossetaa look at it from another angle, and think of it in other terms. like my project could be bout science, and how Frankenstein the monster was created (the cells and what not). i guess it relates to cloning. But i'm not good at science and i need help pleeeasee. Any ideas?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM (Answer #2)

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Not knowing the exact nature of your assignment or its parameters, there are a few ideas that come to mind for me. 

You could write on the different ways Frankenstein has been portrayed in film. Many versions of this story have been made, and if you want to include articifial intelligence into the Frankenstein concept, many more films have been made in the last thirty years. A.I. and I Robot are two movie examples of this Frankenstein as articifial intelligence agent idea.

Also, maybe you could consider researching the history of "ghost stories". 

 

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM (Answer #3)

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When I taught Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein at a science/math charter school, we looked at the issues surrounding science and the novel rather than the actual science or anatomy of the subject. We discussed the Scientific Method and whether or not Victor followed it. Today, research and experiments must be done in a highly moral and ethical format so humans and animals are not manipulated or taken advantage of. The Nazis in WWII conducted awful experiments on prisoners that did not consider protecting their self-respect or physical safety. Victor's carelessness and pride creates horrible consequences to the bad (selfish) choices that he makes while creating the monster. If you look at the novel from the scientific ethical standpoint, you could discuss many issues other than knowing how cells reproduce or how the creature was created.

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

Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM (Answer #4)

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You could examine the idea of the father/son relationship in regard to genetics (if wanting to take a scientific standpoint). While Victor never states that he used any of himself to create the monster, it is probably that it was left out. Make the assumption that the monster is a true part of Victor. By doing so, you can examine the shared traits between Victor and his "son."

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM (Answer #5)

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It does not have to be about science, does it?  Personally, what has always fascinated me about this book is the poetry.  As the story goes, Percy Shelley influenced or directly wrote the monster’s dialogue.  It does not match the rest of the style of the book.  Is this deliberate?  It would be a fascinating project!

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted November 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM (Answer #6)

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One way you might look at the story is through an anthropological or a sociological perspective. You examine the idea of the "other" in society and see how these academic ideas relate to the novel. You might also explore the idea of civil punishment for evil. A Yale University study recently discovered babies of five months old prefer it when evil-doing puppets receive punishment within the context of a puppet play.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 30, 2012 at 5:19 AM (Answer #7)

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Perhaps you can examine what the influence of the creature's experiences have upon him.  That is, if Victor were to have nurtured his creature, what differences would this nurturing do? In exploring this question, you may wish to do some research on Nature vs. Nurture.  For instance, many studies have been conducted on twins who were separated from each other as infants.  In one study, one child was adopted and the other twin grew up in the orphanage where the twins were brought as foundings.  The one twin who was in a loving home was happier and more successful in life.

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