This is a course blog for the members of EH236 at the University of South Alabama, Spring 2006.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Frankenstein and Industrialization

In a world of Enlightenment, Mary Shelley addresses the fear of the Industrious age of her time. With the world at scientists and researchers finger tips the exploration was endless. The anxieties due the idea of the unknown was enormous among the population at that time. During the time of Industrialization Period the thought that knowledge provided freedom and happiness, that researching and creating lead the fast span of knowledge that this unstoppable frighten the population. "Human reason was considered the path to understanding the universe and improving the human condition, the result of which would be knowledge, freedom, and happiness." In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, she ventures out into the vast land of Enlightenment and Industrialization and explores the idea of creation and the risks that come along with it. "The scientific approach to discovery was vey successful in the fields of science and mathematics and spurred the search for rules that could define all areas of human experience." The idea that science is so powerful that one human can use their knowledge to perfect creation, left a lot of people sleepless. Shelley falls under the category of a Romatic writer with her novel being considered a Gothic novel. "Romatic writers stressed emotion and subjectivity, and often asked their readers to suspend their disbelief." Mary Shelley is definitely a definition of a Romantic writer, in Frankenstein the reader to be able to lay aside their disbelief in order to fully understand and enjoy the novel. Through the novel you see how Shelley uses the fears of the characters to induce the fears of her readers. She embraces the controversial modern issues of her times and brings them to the light in her novel. "Shelley is known for using a contemporary setting and modern issues to illustrate the weird and terrible to evoke the reader's fear of the darkness in human nature." The one thing that we as humans try to ignore, Shelley forces us to face.


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