For those interested, here is a link to the novel online that we can reference in class: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/42324/42324-h/42324-h.htm (Links to an external site.)
Consider the following quotes and ideas they present as you read all parts of Frankstein up until Chapter 3 for next Friday.
“Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:—
We murder to dissect.”
-Wordsworth, “The Tables Turned”
The untaught peasant beheld the elements around him and was acquainted with their practical uses. The most learned philosopher knew little more. He had partially unveiled the face of Nature, but her immortal lineaments were still a wonder and a mystery. He might dissect, anatomize, and give names; but, not to speak of a final cause, causes in their secondary and tertiary grades were utterly unknown to him. I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
-What is the author explaining? What is the central dilemma that is being described? How would characterize the person speaking?
-Enlightenment (French Revolution)
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