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domingo, 24 de noviembre de 2013

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. IT´S ALIVE!!!!

I busied myself to think of a story, . . . One which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror. —Mary Shelley

What led Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein? Watch this video and find it out.

 

Before analysing some extracts and aspects of the novel let´s check some information about  Mary Shelley, the Romantic period and What Frankestein meant in that period:


In Chapter 5  the monster  begins to take shape, and Victor describes his creation in full detail  being both "beautiful" and repulsive. The chapter is also full of grotesque, gothic elements. It is also a good study of the obsessed scientist and his psyche. Do you think he is evil or mad? 
After reading the chapter answer the following questions:
1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about? 
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?



 According to what you have read in Chapter 5 and the description you will hear in the next video. 
1. What is a monster?Pay attention to the following ideas:
- physical appearance.
- way of talking, walking, etc.
- Relation with the outside world
- Relation to other people.
2. Do you agree with what the creature says about what it means for him to be a monster?
3. Do you think Victor plays God and he makes a big mistake?



Frankenstein video. Read by Greg Vaughan




9 comentarios:

Alex Gonzalez dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
He feels anxiety, desperation, excitement and hope, because he has been working to did it for two years.
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
The first movement of the monster was to stretch.
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
He feels panic, exhaustion, horror and fear, because it wasn´t a real man, and also it was ugly.
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
Victor dream with giving life to something don´t have it, and he does it with things of different died mans.
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
We have a gothic setting, I would use adjective such as horror, anxiety, confusion, madness, fear,…
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
He at first is anxious and desperate because he wants to concrete its goal. Then, he is becoming ill of madness, and finally, at the end of the chapter he is relief of the madness.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because his creation isn´t about he really wants, the creation he makes was very ugly and unsymmetrical. Yes, he has exceeded some natural boundary, because only by reproduction you can have a living being.

Álex González Murga 4ºC

víctor arredondo dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
Victor feels : desperation, excitement and hope, because he has been working a lot on it.
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
The first movement of the monster was to stretch his tips
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
He feels panic and he was horrified because it wasn´t what he espected
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
the dream of victor was to give life a ``think´´ that didn´t have it by the union of diferent members of the body of dead persons.
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
the setting is gothic because it have a lot of bad adjetives like scared horrfies anxiety etc.
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
He at first is ansious because he us getting what he wont, but at end he get horrified and scared because what he have made wasan´t what he espected.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because the creature he created wasan´t what he want, and I think that he see the creature so ugly that he scared in his dream because was so true.

Mirian Shobanjo dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
He feels excitement, anticipation, desperation, anxiety and exhaustion.
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
The first movement was that the monster open his eye and then he stretch his hand.
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
He feel fear, horror and panic because he realizes that he had creatred a monster instead of a human.
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
He dreams about his wife, Elizabeth that became on his dead mother.
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
We have a gloomy setting that is Dc. Frankenstein laboratory. One example of those lines: "With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony..."
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
At the beginning of the story, he feels anxiety, fear panic but when he mets her friend, there's a moment when he feels joy, madness and he also laughed aloud.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
I think that Dc. Frankenstein is a hypocrite because he had created a "monster" and now he doesn't want to take responsability of his creation. That's why I didn't understand his mood and his reaction to the monster.

Angel Luis Martinez dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
-Victor feels excitment, hope, anxiety and joy because he doesn't know how is going to be the monster.
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
-The first movements of the monster were to open the eyes and stretch his hands.
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
-Victor feels panic, fear, horror and confusion when he see the monster alive.
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
-The dream is that he see his mother walking in the sreet and she felt dead on the arms of Victor.
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
-The setting we have is gothic, because it have a lots os moments of horror, anxiety, fear, madness, etc. An example of this is when Victor says 'breathless horror and disgust filled mi heart'.
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
-At the beginning, he is excitement but when the monster become alive he change into fear. When he meet his friend, he change into relief, joy, exhaustion and finally, when he becomes ill, he was desesperated, anxiety but when he starts to recover, he changed into joy, relief and confusion.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
-Victor is frightened because the creature that he created is not what he want's. He had exceeded with his creation because the creature don't wanted to do anything bad.

Ángel Luis Martínez 4ºC.

Jorge Puig Moreno dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
Victor feel hope and excitement for te experiment
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
His movement is to open the eyes and to stretch the hands
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
He feel horror and panic because he create a monster
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
Dream to give life to a thing that don´t have life
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
Is gothic setting, the atmosphere is a horror and suspense atmosphere
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
At the beggining is excitement but when thr monster comes alive had fear
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because he don´t pretend to make a monster.Yes because life is not grant by a experiment

Jorge Puig Moreno 4ºC

Miriam Perdiguero dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
Victor feels anxiety, excitement, hope...
2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
The first movement was that the monster open his eyes and stretch his hands.
3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
He feels panic, fear, confusion, horror...
4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
He dreams about his wife,called Elizabeth that he saw walking in the streets and his mother falling in his arms when she was dead.
5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
The setting is gothic and gloomy atmospehere with suspense.
"My heart palpitated in the ickness of fear.
6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
First he was excitement for the creation, when the monster starts to move he was panic, fear, confusion, horror. Then he meets a friend he stars to relief, joy and finally he become ill and starts to be madness, anxiety, desperaton and then he starts to recover.
7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because Victor wants to create a person not a monster.








Claudia Arias dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
Victor feels excitement, anxiety and hope.

2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
The monster first open his eyes and stretch his hands.

3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
Victor feels horror, confusion, panic and fear.

4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
He dreams about his wife Elizabeth that was walking in the streets and suddenly his wife became his mother dead and fall in his arms.

5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
Adjectives: fear, horror, anxiety...
"I felt the bitternes of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a sapce were now become a hell to me;"

6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
He first was excitement and anxiety because he would bring the monster to life, the fear and the panic when the monster starts moving. Next he feel nostalgia because of his dreams, when he meets his friend he was joy and relief. Then he becomes ill and feel madness and anxiety, and finally he starts to recover.

7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because he didn't want to create a monster.
Yes, because is imposible to create life with pieces of corpses.

Miri Ll dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
Victor feels excitement, anxiety, hope and exahustion.

2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
He opened his eyes, he breathed hard and he stretched his limbs.

3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
Victor feels horror, panic, fear and confusion.

4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
He dreamed with returning life to dead persons.

5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
Settings like Victor's house. The atmosphere was gloomy, weird, frightening... "How can I describe my castastrophy, or how delinate..." (Second paragraph)

6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
First he was with a feeling of anxiety and horror. Then, he was mad. Also he was desesperated. And finally he was a little confuse, relief and with hope.

7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
Because his creature isn't exactly what he wants. The creature is ugly, it has yellow skin, black lips...
Yes, he exceeded natural boundaries because he returned to life a dead thing and it is not natural because someday you have to die.

Claudia Ruiz dijo...

1. How did Victor feel before he gave life to the monster?
-Victor feels excitement, anxiety,exahustion, hope and anticipation.

2. What were the first movements of the monster when it was brought to life?
-He first opened his eyes and stretched his hands.

3. How does Victor feel when he witnessed the horror of his creation?
-Victor feels panic, fear, horror and confusion when he see the monster moving.

4. The chapter is a story about dreams. What did Victor dream about?
-He dreams about his wife, Elizabeth that became on his dead mother.

5. What kind of setting do we have? What adjectives would you use to describe the atmosphere created? Select those lines where there are gothic, horror elements.
- "With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony..."The setting is gothic atmospehere with suspense.

6. Victor´s mood changes throughout the chapter. Look for the different states of his mind.
-First he was excitement when the monster started moving he was panic, fear and horror.Then he meets a friend he stars to relief, joy and finally he become ill and starts to be madness, anxiety, desesperation and then he starts to recover.

7. Why do you think Victor is so scared and feels so much repulsion for his creations when it was supposed to be his dream? Do you think he has exceeded some natural boundary with his creation?
-He didn´t pretend to create a monster.Yes, he exceeded natural boundaries because he returned to life a dead thing with corpses.