Frankenstein. Modern Prometheus. Setting the Scene (pp. 650-651). Creating a Legend Mary Shelley wasn’t the first to imagine creating a living being out of something dead. Prometheus – a Titan (Greek mythology) who created men out of clay.
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the lives of his creation
brought him into
direct conflict with Zeus
After Percy’s death, Mary returned to England, where she continued writing to support herself and her son.
questioned the cost of
technology to the human
soul—a theme writers
continue to explore today.
“Destroying a life to safe a life”
Are we pushing it?
solution to infertility
reproduce a certain trait in human beings
hampers the diversity in genes
weaken our ability of adaptation
deliberate reproduction of undesirable traits
Are humans saying they have the ability to create?
Who decides what is a desirable trait?Human Cloning
Science: concentration on logic
Everything was based on logic, reason, and rationality
Didactic – constant search for truth, answers. Always studying
Focus on the practicality and utility
Masculine: emphasis on the intellect
Everything, including human relationships, was ‘studied’ through a scientific approach
Favored a social hierarchy
Nature should be controlled by humansThe Age of Enlightenment: belief in the power of human reasoning
Creativity: new form of expression
Saw nature as unspoiled
Focus on creativity and self-expression
Emphasis on emotion, rather than reason and intellect
Feminine: emotion, creativity, etc.
Spontaneity and individuality
Focus on nature and the supernatural /inner dream world that is thought to be more picturesque and magical than the current world (industrial age)Romantic Movement: a reaction to the Enlightenment
Creative expressions of literature and the arts
Heat/coldAntithesis-Contrasts of ideas, characters, themes, settings or moods