Frankenstein Beginnings

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October 29, 2012
The Knights of Awesomeness (Elmo Martians)
English 10H
Ms. Boyderman 4B

Friday Night
Excerpt 1: The origins of “Frankenstein”

“How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea”

1.) During the rainy summer of 1816, the "Year Without a Summer", the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. Mary Shelley, aged 18, and her lover (and later husband) Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The weather was consistently too cold and dreary that summer to enjoy the outdoor holiday activities they had planned, so the group retired indoors until dawn.
2.) Among other subjects,
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We have the ability to emote, to speak, and to think to the point where we can handle the outside world. “What drives us to do things that allow us to handle the outside world?”, you may ask. What is the reason for us to explore the unknown? The reason is simple, we as humans are always curious about things. From the time we are born, curiosity is always within us. We do the things because we want to know what would happen if we did do them. For example, when we are babies, we always mess around with everything. Sometimes negative outcomes arise but that does not mean that we should quit. We always find a way to solve the problem, and curiosity leads to it. This is why we as humans explore the unknown

Question 2: How do you think Galvanism was viewed by Mary Shelley and her companions in the early 1800s?
Galvanism is the process of producing electricity through chemical actions. This process was found during the time that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The idea for writing Frankenstein was based on the idea of galvanism. For you see, it was a new idea that arose during that time, and everyone attached to the idea of it. Mary Shelley took this moment and used it to her advantage. She knew that the people would be fascinated with the idea that if she wrote a story based on the principles of galvanism, then the people would also enjoy her story.

Question 3: What are the consequences of bringing corpses back to life (both good and bad)? Bringing
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