Friday, January 17, 2014

Prompt 1: Rhetoric, Lies and Contradictions in Frankenstein

Take an argument which a character makes in Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein and the monster, for instance, both make arguments. Discuss the language of that argument from at least two different places in the novel (that is, this must be an argument which a character makes more than once).

Analyze what is, or at least seems to be, the argument. Note a contradiction, or change, or outright lie in that argument as it developers through the course of the novel, then analyze what that contradiction, change, or outright lie means.

Your argument might have this form: Frankenstein makes part of this argument on page x; he makes it in a different form on page y; the meaning of that change or difference is z.

Prompt 2: What the movies do

Watch one of these three movies. I will provide you with the itunes links, but they are readily available elsewhere:

1) Frankenstein (1931)
2) The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
3) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Identify one important change from the book to one of the movies. Then, make an argument that demonstrates what that change means, or why it is important. This is not an assignment about simply observing a change, but about analyzing it.

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