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DROPBOX 9.4 ASSIGNMENT: NOVEL Project

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Goal: to evaluate the themes in the novel and apply these themes to a larger truth about life.

Directions: Please choose Option One OR Option 2- you do not need to do both.

Option One:

FRANKENSTEIN: Themes of the novel

Remember a theme is a moral or lesson within a story. However, authors are not always trying to teach their readers a lesson; sometimes they are just making observations about life and human nature. Some, but not all, of the themes of Frankenstein are beauty, revenge, pursuit of knowledge, ambition, science, conflict with parent and child, friendship, and nature. What observations do you think Shelley is making about each of these different themes/ideas? 

Choose TWO of the themes and write down your ideas about each one. ----Does it have a good connotation, a bad connotation, or a combination? Why? (Hint - you may need to review the definition of the word 'connotation'.)  

-Please put your answers into your own words, do not copy and paste directly from the text to answer the question.  Find quotes in the text for support; quotes are either direct lines that a character speaks or a "word for word" passage.  Be sure to put quotation marks around ANY information directly taken from the story; remember to explain the quote and how it supports your ideas.

-Aim for a paragraph for each response; a paragraph is six to twelve sentences. Choose two of the questions and write your paragraph below each question.

1. What is Shelley saying about beauty over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

2. What is Shelley saying about revenge over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

3. What is Shelley saying about the pursuit of knowledge over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)? She is saying that humans have an infinite, often dangerous, thirst for knowledge. Victor’s pursuit of knowledge and his creation ultimately end up destroying his life. As the story goes on, the creature gains knowledge and begins to learn he does not fit in. At the beginning he was innocent and meant know harm.

4. What is Shelley saying about ambition over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

5. What is Shelley saying about science over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

6. What is Shelley saying about conflicts with parent and child over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

7. What is Shelley saying about friendship over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

8. What is Shelley saying about nature over the course of the novel (think about the beginning, middle, and end)?

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FRANKENSTEIN, Option #2
Dr. Frankenstein and His Monster Meet Dr. Phil (an alternative to the essay)

Assignment: You will be asked to step outside of the normal essay writing format (1-3-1) that you are used to and create a television script. The script must be between 2-3 pages double-spaced. Read the information featured below, before you begin writing, to help you to create a believable script for the “Dr. Phil Show”. Remember, spelling and grammar will be part of your grade so don’t forget to use your computer’s grammar and spell-check.

Main Idea

We live in an imperfect world. Some days we may feel as though we are dealing with a monster. Every once in a while, we may even feel as though we ARE the monster. How can we come to terms with the people who have hurt us? How can we atone for the hurt we have caused? How can we find something positive to do with our imperfect lives?

Scenario

It is the afterlife. Dr. Frankenstein and his monster are appearing on Dr. Phil. Can Victor Frankenstein get past his anger and guilt to forgive his monster and accept him as he is? Can the monster get past his anger and...
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