Monday, October 24, 2016


Lexie Trzcinski

In the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, it is evident of the changes in characteristic qualities Victor undergoes in the first half. In the first half of the novel Victor begins by telling the story of his childhood. First, the adoption of Elizabeth then onto the death of his mother from the scarlet fever. Before the mother dies, she begs Victor to marry Elizabeth. Soon after that Victor follows his dreams of his interest of the unknown ideas of natural science.
Victor decides to attend the University of Ingolstadt where is able to pursue his dreams of discovering the new ideas of natural science. Victor is a very determined and spends all his time studying and meeting with all of his professors. He is a very hard worker, always trying to figure out new things. All of a sudden things began to take a rapid turn, when Victor completed the creation of an animated monster. He says, “With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a park of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet,” (34-35). Victor proclaims that he has worked incredibly hard over the past two years in order to create this animated monster. But this hard work had only hurt his rest and health. While he is extremely sick, he receives a letter from Elizabeth which then encourages him to get into contact with his family. He had lost all connections with everything aside from the creation of this animated monster.
Suddenly, when Victor received a letter from his father informing him that his brother had been murdered everything starts to change. He rushed home to find out that the girl who had been living with them, Justine had been accused of killing him. Victor turns the blame on himself in chapter eight. He says, “Justine also was a girl of merit, and possessed qualities which promised to render her life happy; now all was to be obliterated in an ignominious grave, and I the cause!” (54). Victor undergoes changes within his character at this point in the book because he feels as if he is the one to blame for his brother murder and the accusation of Justine.

The poem “Tableau” conveyed a very deep meaning within it. Cullen is trying to say that no matter the color they are or critics they will get from people around them, they will still remain friends. One of the boys is white and the other is black and as they walk along the street they get glares from people around them. This short poem goes a long way with the opposition these two boys have with the divide of color. The other poem, “Theology” by Paul Dunbar is very short and spoken in a religious way. I think the title ties the whole poem together in a creative way because theology is the study of religious beliefs and he is saying if there is no heaven then where will his neighbors go. This is another short poem that incorporates a deeper meaning within it.

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