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    Galvanism is animating a dead corps by electrocution throughout the body. Luigi Galvani was not the first person to think of pulsing electricity through the body, but he was the person who determined that electricity was present within the body itself. The electricity animates the dead body and causes it to move through muscle movement. Luigi Galvani founded this idea in 1791. Genetic engineering is a variety of techniques that cut up and combine different genetic material to create or change a characteristic. Frankenstein used the same technique where he cut up and combined different body parts to create the monster. Brief Summary of Novel: The novel is told through shifting characters, but begins with Robert Walton who is on a polar expedition…

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    and development of new theories and concepts. Romantic science emphasized a positive interaction between science and nature and criticized earlier Enlightenment efforts that exploited nature while searching for knowledge. Questioning the status quo in the scientific realm provoked controversies. Two major scientific movements are the concepts of Galvanism, which argued that electricity could cause an organism’s muscles to contract, and Vitalism, which argued that there was another force…

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    In Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, the scientist, Victor Frankenstein discusses his passion for bringing to life his own creation. After Elizabeth becomes ill, and his mother passes away, Frankenstein becomes determined to find a way to bring the dead to life, and alter the cycles of life. He becomes intrigued and inspired by natural philosophy, especially the ideas of chemistry and alchemy through his studies at the University of Ingolstadt. Victor’s fascination in creating such an…

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    How Does A Frog Twitch

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    *** Luigi Galvani used an electrostatic machine that produced sparks on frog legs and began to investigate the muscular contractions produced by electricity. Galvani discovered that the frog leg would contract if a scalpel touched the frog’s nerves when the machine was on.
 More comprehensive experiments by Galvani showed that a dead frog’s leg could be made to twitch by electrical stimulation. Galvani also showed that the same twitching could be produced by touching the leg with a copper hook…

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    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley introduces the concept of galvanism to the story through Victor Frankenstein: We witnessed a most violent and terrible thunder-storm. Before this I was not unacquainted with the more obvious laws of electricity. On this occasion a man of great research in natural philosophy was with us, and excited by this catastrophe, he entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism, which was at once new and astonishing to…

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    ictor Frankenstein's process, of creating his monster, took years to complete. To be specific, the process took two years to be completed. Frankenstein had many reactions occur during the process. For example, when Frankenstein is close to solving his answers to his creation, it back fires him, “Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, i failed; yet still I clung to the hope which the next day or the next hour might realize” (Shelley 19). Frankenstein, however, did not give up on his…

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    Using the new science of galvanism, he was successful. Success was short lived, because after he created his monster, he abandoned it. As a result of his irresponsible action, it caused his downfall, because the monster killed most of his family members in spite of him, and eventually caused his death (Frankenstein). While Frankenstein is a story of fiction, the implication of this story can be observed in all areas of life. One of those areas would be the field of medicine. In Frankenstein,…

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    inspiration for Frankenstein came from because there are many parallels that could connect the character to the real person (Cellania). She used the book as a canvas for representing her life. A possible influence on the character of Frankenstein could have been Giovanni Aldini. Aldini preformed a demonstration of galvanism, “the contraction of muscles when stimulated with electricity”, in 1803 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London where he used electricity on the body of a recently…

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    Symbolism In Frankenstein

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    Novel Gothic fiction novels are stories of romance, death and horror. This genre of storytelling originated in England in the later half of the 17th century. Famous authors of the time include Bram Stoker, Matthew Lewis, Horace Walpole, and Emily Brontë. They all wrote stories of fantasy, romance, terror, and tragedy. The novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is one of a gothic treasure. Frankenstein is set in Europe during the late 1770s and chronicles Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s life…

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    Extracts derived from Letter IV of ‘Frankenstein’ foreshadows the elementary ideas that are instilled during the course of the novel. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was influenced by many such as husband P.B Shelley, her father William Goodwin and his friend the Scientist Erasmus Darwin. Considering these people and the context at the time which influenced Shelley. It’s no surprise theories on Galvanism, Romantic literal movement and its resulting opposition to the industrial…

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