LETTERS► Introduces Walton and Frankenstein.► Establishes the openingand closing settings (anArctic landscape).► Introduces a number ofkey ideas
| IDEAS► Walton's ambition, his desireto explore unknown realmsand the dangers of thisforeshadow Frankenstein'squest.► Transgressing the naturalorder.► Responsibility for one'sactions.► Isolation as a result oftransgression.► The need for friendship andsociety► Culpability►The potentially transformingpower of story telling.
| TECHNIQUES► Symbolic use of setting – creates anemotional / psychological landscape -one marked by isolation, detachmentfrom society and even loss of onesown humanity.► The use of the sublime in Nature –linked to the Romantic notion of the Divinity in Nature (its beauty, terrorand mystery)► Gothic dualities or polarities – light/dark, good/evil, fire/ice....► Foreshadowing devices► Framing device of the lettersestablishes a circular structure – alsoimbues the narrative with an addedlayer of verisimilitude.►Literary connection to Coleridge'sRime of The Ancient Mariner....
| USEFUL QUOTES
“...i try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight...” “...i shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man...” “...i have no friend...i desire the company of a man who could sympathise with me; whose eyes would reply to mine...” “ ...i am going to unexplored regions, to 'the land of mist and snow', but I shall kill no albatross...” “...there is something at work in my soul which I do not understand....besides this,there is a love of the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous...” “...i reflect that you are pursuing the same course, exposing yourself to the same dangers which have rendered me what I am, I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my tale...” (Frankenstein to...
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