April 25, 2008

1660s - 1780s: Enlightenment/ NeoClassical Period
Identified with:
~bawdy humor
~reason and logic
~society > individual

1780s - 1820s Romantic Period
Identified with:
~strong emphasis on nature/aesthetic
~individual > society
~emotion/passion rather than logic
~less emphasis on structured society: laws created for the benefit of everyone, not so people could be controlled
~heavy use of imagery to enhance literature

--brahnced off from the traditional romantics of the time
Characterized as:
~believing in a darker side of the supernatural and nature
~believed people to be inherently evil rather than good

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Summary: The mariner had once killed an albatross and was punished until he was able to appreciate nature. His suffering finally ended and was allowed to return home, only to be cursed with the burden of having to tell his story to every person who needs to hear it.

April 28th, 2008
  • Can science go too far?
    • politics
    • religion / faith
    • designer babies
    • cloning
    • nuclear and space programs
    • stem cell research
    • animal testing
  • Roles / Responsibilities of parents(s)
  • Nature
    • importance
    • contradicts
  • What is a monster?
    • Based on personal fears
    • Something unnatural
    • Appearance impacts perception
  • Where do monsters come from?
Characteristics of a monster:
  • animal with human characteristics
  • malicious
  • inspires fear
  • different to everyone
  • made, not born with
  • actions are more important than apperance when determining if something is a monster
Frame Story
Writing in flashback.
Example: The Catcher in the Rye is a story being told in flashback by Holden Caulfield.
Frankenstein begins with Victor getting on the ship and telling a story.

  • Englishman
  • searching for fortune
  • making an excursion to the north pole
  • studying magnetism (curious about why the compass points north)
  • wants a piece of glory
  • in search of scientific discovery
  • seeks companionship
Relationship with Victor
  • very friendly -> "grows fonder by the day"
  • noble -> looks up to him
  • learning from him -> compassion
  • mentor / equal
Relationship with others
  • wants to be like them without working
  • extols them and their achievements / nobility

April 29th, 2008

Rateyourprofessors.com Activity
  • 'Hot' Professors have a consistently high rating
  • 'Not' professors vary greatly
    • good looks = different treatment, closed social gap, leads to more 1-on-1 time with teacher, more interest in class
    • 'not' ratings are more honest

April 30th, 2008


  • Elizabeth
    • rescued from poverty because she was pretty
  • Waldman vs. Krempe
    • Kempe:
      • little, squat, gruff
      • repulsive
      • "wasted your time" on Agrippa
    • Waldman
      • 50, grey hairs
      • sweet voice
      • listens, supportive

May 1st, 2008

Why, despite being made of attractive parts, does the Create look ugly?
  • While the parts might be attractive themselves, combining them does not produce an aesthetic appearance
  • Frankenstein isolates himself from friends, family, and nature to make the creation

  • Nature reflects the mood of the film
  • Scenes with Elizabeth are sunny, and the grass is lush and green.
  • Going to university = sunny and happy
  • Innocence = light, experimentation = dark
Justine Moritz
  • Servant of the Frankensteins is found with the picture William had and is convicted
  • Confessed to obtain absolution
  • Responsibility
    • Justine feels responsible for William's death, for letting him run off
    • Alphonse - let kids run off
    • Elizabeth - residual guilt, gave William the picture of their mother
    • Ernest - got separated from William
    • Victor - made the creation and let it go free
    • Creation - Victor saw him and holds him responsible for the murder.

May 13th, 2008


Ozymandias: King of Kings
Victor: Creator of a race

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