Frankenstein Chapters 1&2

Topics: Science, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Alchemy Pages: 1 (372 words) Published: February 11, 2014


Chapter 1 and 2
Shelly provides the reader with a background of Frankenstein's birth, childhood, parents, and how Elizabeth was adopted into the family. 2. Frankenstein's parents are loving and joyful with the birth of their child. They want to provide the best for all the children they have (blood related and orphan). 3. Elizabeth is a passionate woman who does not know how to follow through with her desires while Victor has a passion for learn, especially philosophy, and can act on his own. Victor is the kind of person who does not let something sit, he has to dig into it and investigate its cause. 4. The quality in Victor that proves to be his fatal flaw is his never ending pursuit to learn more which causes him to go to strayed paths to earn knowledge. 5. Henry Clerval was the childhood "boy friend" (not like relationship) of Victor. Henry is different from Victor because he is an adventurous and a romantic who strives for the moral of all things. 6. Victor wants to find the elixir of life, learn to artificially create life, and banish all disease form mankind. Victor turns to mathematics because his Roman idols are wrong in the field of the elixir and math is the closes thing of which he understands. He is prevented from his study because he believes destiny has other plans for him and turns back to the dark notion that creating life is possible. 7. Elizabeth is a typical Romantic female character because of her physical attribute of blonde hair and fairness and she is weak, virtuous, kind, and loving. 8. Cornelius Agrippa and other scientist inspired Victor because they worked in alchemy and fields of science of which he understood. They inspired him to ask questions about the unnatural would and about doing the impossible. 9. Victor views his switch to mathematics as a last effort to keep him away from harm. He compares it to a guardian angel's last effort trying to get him off the path of ruin. 10. The foreshadowing that is at...
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