Concept | Context | Quotes | Techniques |
Nurture | Shelley’s parentsPhilosophers like Rousseau | P. 33 “no human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence… when I mingled with other families, I distinctly discerned how pecurliarly fortunate my lot was.”p. 30: “I have a pretty present for my Victor-tomorrow he shall have it. | |
Beauty of Nature | Romantic Movement | p. 22 “the starry sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still have the power of elevating the soul from earth.”p. 110 | |
Ugliness of man’s creation | Industrial Revolution | p. 119 “cursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light! Cursed by the hands that formed you!...Begone! relieve me from the sight of your detested form.”p. 54: “learn from me… how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”p. 61: “oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance…hideous wretch.” | |
Hubris | Scientists | p. 20: “one man’s life or death were but a small price to payfor the acquirement of knowledge which I sought for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.”p. 21: “unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the untoxicating draught? Hear me- let me reveal my tale, and you will dash from the cup from your lips!”p. 204: “from my infancy I was imbued with high hopes and a lofty ambition; but how I am sunk!” | |
The outsider | Slave trade in Africans | p. 155 “my person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? what was I?p. 157 “like adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence… but he had come forth from the hands of God a perfect creature, happy and prosperous,... [continues]
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