Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
In the Gothic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley integrates the rhetorical devices figurative language, imagery, and tone to impart the concept that the desire to acquire knowledge and emulate God will ultimately result in chaos and havoc that exceeds the boundaries of human restraint.
I. Life of Mary Shelley / Characteristics of Gothic Literature A. Life of Mary Shelley 1. Eleven days after Mary Shelley's birth, her mother, the famed author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, succumbed to puerperal fever, leaving her [Mary Shelley's] father, William Godwin, bereft of his beloved companion. In her honor, Godwin puts together a loving tribute entitled Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the
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I was possessed by a maddening rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreak a great and signal revenge on his cursed head." a. In this quote, Frankenstein is clearly in conflict with the monster as a result of the monster's heinous actions. Here, the actions of the monster have prognosticated Frankenstein's ire and have spurred him to wreak revenge upon the monster. This quote further bolsters the irony that although Frankenstein initially wished to create life for the sake of glory, the creature becomes intractable and induces grief in Frankenstein by gradually depriving him of his loved ones. The tone in this statement is a bitter and vengeful one. This is evident because Frankenstein himself states that he was "possessed by a maddening rage" and wished to "wreak a great revenge" upon the monster. B. Figurative Language 1. "But these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles. They penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding places." a. In this quote, M. Waldman's speech appeals to Frankenstein's desire to acquire knowledge. In his speech, M. Waldman praises the modern scientists for their outstanding and brilliant achievements. For example, he uses a metaphor "recesses of nature" and "hiding places" to portray how modern scientists have achieved