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The Frankenstein Unit

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  • The Frankenstein Unit

  • Mary Shelleys background

    (August 30, 1797-February 1, 1851)

    Born on August 30th 1797.

    Mother: Mary Wollstonecraft

    a famous feminist author

    who died 11 days after

    giving birth to Mary

    Father: William Godwin

    A famous 19th century

    philosopher who believed

    in the rights of the


  • Shelleys marriage

    At 15 years of age Mary met her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, a disciple of William Godwin and a famous poet.

    Despite being previously married to another woman, Percy ByssheShelley convinces Mary to elope with him in France when she was 17.

  • The Making of Frankenstein

    On 19 March 1815 Shelley recorded in her journal, after the death of her first child: "Dream that my little baby came to life again--that it had only been cold & that we rubbed it before the fire & it lived."

  • Byrons Challenge

    In the summer of 1816, Percy and Mary visit Lord Byrons estate in France.

    The summer of 1816 had fall like weather because a massive volcano in Indonesia spewed ash around the world.

    Because of the gloomy weather, Byron issued a challenge to his guests to create the best horror story.

  • The Publishing of Frankenstein

    At Byrons estate, Mary

    has a dream about a man

    who plans to bring life to

    the dead.

    She turns her idea into a

    story and is encouraged by

    her husband to turn the

    story into a novel.

    In 1818, Shelley publishes

    the novel at the age of 19.

  • The Title of the Novel

    The name Frankenstein

    originates not from the

    Creature, but the Creator,

    Victor Frankenstein.

    Victor, like Shelley,

    suffers the loss of many

    loved ones at an early age.

    He creates his creature as

    a way to bring back the


  • The Doppelganger

    The story is a Doppelganger, or German word for double image.

    Both the Creature and Victor mirror each other in their effort to destroy the other.

    The Doppelganger represents a divided self, or two alter egos who are more alike than different.

  • Famous Doppelgangers

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Batman and the Joker

    Bruce Banner and The

    Incredible Hulk

    James Bond and Blofeld

    Mario and Donkey Kong

    Optimus Prime and


  • The Modern Prometheus

    Mary Shelleys subtitle for Frankenstein is The Modern Prometheus

    In Greek Mythology, the titan Prometheus stole fire from the sun and gave it to humanity.

    This angered the Greek god Zeuswho did not want humans to control fire.

    He was punished by being chained to a lake while an eagle would feast on his liver.

    The Prometheus Myth has become a metaphor of what happens when humans get a hold of something they cannot control and reach beyond their ability.

  • The Creature

    Unlike the Hollywood

    stereotype, the

    Creature is an

    intelligent being

    whose rage stems

    from his neglect from


  • Themes in the Novel

    1. Personal Responsibility:

    Are we responsible for

    our own actions?

    2. Responsibility to Others:

    Are we responsible for

    the actions of others?

    3. Recreate the Past: Can

    we reshape the past?

  • The Hollywood Stereotype

    James Whale directed the 1931 film Frankenstein where our image of the Creature comes from.

    In the film, a mad scientists creates a creature with little intelligence who rages against humanity.

  • The Cultural Myth

    There are over 100 films

    about Frankenstein.

    Frankenstein has been

    used to sell merchandise

    such as Twix candy bars,

    Levis Jeans, Coca-Cola,

    Frankenberry Cereal,

    M&Ms, Penzoil, and Pez.

  • Favorite Titles of Frankenstein


    Frankensteins Musical


    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    meet Frankenstein

    Frankenstein vs.


    Frankenstein: the College



  • Films, Films, Films Oh My!

    Because the myth of

    Frankenstein has

    become such a part of

    our pop culture we

    will be watching clips

    from various versions

    of Frankenstein.

  • Read the Book, then the Sparknotes!

    I realize there are

    websites like

    Sparknotes that

    summarize the book,

    please use this as a

    resource. To pass

    you must read the