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

Sunday, March 05, 2006


The year of 1818 when Mary Shelly first published "Frankenstein'' was during the height of the Age of Enlightenemnt or the Age of Reason in America in much of Europe. The scientific approach was adopted in many areas such as math and science. Political thinkers began to develop and adopt ideas about the rights of individual humans and democracy. The entire world was changing at an accelerated pace, wars were erupting, new codes of behavior were accepted in many parts, people had to adopt a new revolutionized way of perception. New and exciting inventions and methods were used in this industrialization that most had never seen possible. The revolution of the world has taking a fast pace that many felt had to keep up with. Mary Shelly wrote a most famous novel that rocked all who read it. Shelly a pioneer of Gothic literature wrote Frankenstein on a vacation as a contest with fellow writers out of boredom, not with the intentions of creating the world acclaimed work of art. She had even considered only making the idea a short story. Gothic literature is "preoccupied with mystery, horror, and the supernatural." "Gothic novels tended to feature brooding tones, remote settings, and mysterious events, the characters inner emotional lives receive a lot of attention, as does the struggle between good and evil." Modern issues inspired Shelly to write about the darkness that lurches beneath human kind. She aimed at thrilling the reader at the same pace her heart and blood pumped as she thought the idea up in her own bed. She wanted to reader to feel the same horror she felt as she formed the basic ideas of her masterpiece. Many ideas and settings in the book mimic the actual historical events that were taking place in the 1800's . The discovery of raw elements such as oxygen and nitrogen and many other basic elements set the stage for young Frankenstein's first journey to college to study chemistry and other areas of science such as anatomy and the grave books that his father had warned him not to read. In the very same year of 1818 when the book was published the first successful blood transfusion was performed, which perhaps leads the reader to believe that if blood can be transported from one being to another why cant a monster form life of out body parts in some crazy scientist's lab. Shelly did a great job of addressing the events of her life in the novel. French Parliament even had to declare it unlawful to perform body snatching from grave sties. Scientist were actually snatching the laid to rest of bodies to hack them up to explore more about the body. Who knows some were probably trying to perform the same tasks that the crazy Frankenstien did in the story. The world at this time was bearing to witness the kindness of human kind, all had just seen and experienced the violent acts of war that had rocked the globe. Humans were indeed capable of performing many gruesome acts on their own. If I had lived back in the 1800's and had read Mary Shelly's Frankenstien I would have possible been scared. I would have believed that some crazy monster could been on the run, possibly looking in on my little cottage and family.


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