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What does Victor use to make his creature? How graphic is Mary Shelley when describing it?

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Posted February 15, 2009 at 8:18 AM via web

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What does Victor use to make his creature? How graphic is Mary Shelley when describing it?

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pippin1313 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor uses body parts from the dead to make his creation. Shelley is not graphic in modern terms when describing the collection of these parts:

"Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil, as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave, or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?"

"The dissecting room and the slaughterhouse furnished many of my materials; and often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation..."

The connotations of the places Victor vists to create his "daemon" are rather horrific and would have shocked Shelley's contemporary audience. The idea of disturbing the dead is still frowned upon but for the time, the thought of it would have been utterly abhorrent.

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