Frankenstein

I believe that Frankenstein is infact usefull in a Introduction to Literature class seeing as it has more to offer than a simple horror story.  The novel Frankenstein was writen many years ago by a Feminist writer; Mary Shelley.  When considering different angles of the novel, one would find it very interesting to know that Frankenstein which was originally titled as The Modern Prometheus based on the greek myth of Prometheus which dervies of two interesting elements, is the inspiration Mary Shelley used to gather her novel Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley used many literary tools in which post secondary students could find very useful while writing a paper based on Frankenstein.  Literary tools such as symbolism, irony, isolation as well as offering the readers a gothic approach in which one’s perspectives on nature, society and mankind is dark and lonely.  Frankenstein really puts into play Man vs. Man, Man vs. Society and Man vs. Nature.  After reading the novel the reader may realize that the creator was infact the monster and that the monster (creature) was like all others.  Rejected by society, exiled into the wilderness leaving it feeling isolated and unloved, causes the creature to lash out on his creator; Victor Frankenstein.

The irony of the novel is that in the end the creator was the monster all along and that the monster Frankenstein was only looking to be loved.  Frankenstein was just like everyone else, he was learning and adapting to society and while being rejected and isolated he begins to realize his own self worth and has no one else to blame but Victor.

Mary Shelley was born in the 18th century and was often surpressed by males, in her novel she expresses certain past experiences also using similiar names of those who had once touched her life.  The role of woman in Frankenstein is often minimal but very powerful.  The death of the females causes the males to go crazy, demonstrating that without woman, there is no balance for man, leading the woman to play a important role in society. 

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2 comments November 27, 2007 clalonde

Soldier’s Home

The theme of blindness versus awarness is ironic in this short story.  The main character Kreb comes home 2 years after the war was over and all other troops had arrived.  He had disappeared for 2 years but we aren’t quit sure where he went, his stories didn’t really add up. 
I believe that Kreb faced an internal struggle which led to his post traumatic stress.  Kreb turned out to be a homosexual and didn’t seem to be aware of it.  I believe that Kreb was the blind and his mother was the one who was aware of his surpressed homosexuality. Unlike Kreb, his mother was able to put the pieces together as Kreb was married four times and divorced.  He would often hang out in gay communities and felt as though he didn’t fit in the “normal society” like he wasn’t accepted.  The narrator informs the reader of Kreb’s physical and emotional experiences leading the reader to understand his inner struggle and the reason why he felt like an out cast.
Kreb did not find woman attractive.  He didn’t fit in his uniform like most men would. He seemed to be more of the fragile type, very sensitive and emotionally unbalanced for a male.  Kreb committed suicide at the end, which led me to believe that the reason why he was often sitting still and quiet was because he would often think of his life and what he had to live for.  He most likely thought that once he realized he was gay, he would not be accepted anyways so what was the point?!

3 comments November 17, 2007 clalonde

Death by Landscape

Margaret Atwood is a canadian author who was raised in and out of the Quebec wilderness where her father would relocate once a year for work.  Atwood is seen as a feminist and political writter.  She has her own perspectives and beliefs, one being that “Canadian writers… do not trust nature, they are always suspecting some dirty trick”. The landscapes Lois refers to are those of Canadian landmarks.  The paintings are from Canadian male artists.  At the beginning of the short story Death by Landscape, the main character Lois finds herself old and alone in her new condo facing the water front.  She has what one would consider an “obssession” for paintings of landscapes.  As the story unfolds the meaning behind the paintings become more important and symbolic.

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Lois was sent to a summer camp named Camp Manitou when she was nine years old. By her second year at camp Lois meets a young girl Lucy who she shares her summers with.  For the next four summer’s at camp, Lois would see a change in Lucy’s personality, she went from happy and outgoing to miserable and isolated.  What would be their last summer together at Camp Manitou, that summer the camp (kids and councilors) planned a canoe trip for a couple days and stopped a different campsites, Lookout Point would be their last campsite and one Lois would never forget.
The night they arrived at Lookout Point, the girls spent the night out of the tents in their sleeping bags under the stars.  Their conversations led Lucy to explain the many change of events in her life and the reason why she was unhappy. Lucy tells Lois how she wishes she didn’t have to go back home,things haven’t been the same since her parents got divorced and remarried, she did not like her step father or her step mother. She was also crazy about this boy that her parents forbid her to see. The next morning the girls are getting ready for lunch and decide to take a walk up to the top of the cliff of Lookout Point just the two of them.   As they reach the top Lucy makes a comment about the fall, Lois tells her she would have to be nutts.  As Lois left Lucy alone for a few short minutes, she hears a shout, a short cry of release.  Lois runs up the cliff searching for Lucy everywhere and with no sight or sound she returns to the bottom for help.  No one really knows what happened that day on the top of the cliff but Lucy was gone forever in the wilderness. 
The symbolism behind the paintings is that each painting is unique and represents a place in the wilderness where Lucy could be and even though she was never found, her body occupies a space.  Lois see’s Lucy in each of the paintings.  When Lois looks into the paintings she becomes consummed, not with peace because she doesn’t find anything peaceful about them and eventhough their are no animals or no people in them she feels as though something is looking back at her.  In each painting she see’s Lucy and with these paintings Lois belives that she is stil very much alive in them.
The allegory of the story is that the wilderness is something that most would find beautiful and natural, in this case Lois, just like Margaret Atwood, finds wilderness to be dark and dangerous.
 

2 comments November 17, 2007 clalonde

Blog #2- I Stand Here Ironing

I stand here ironing was published in 1961 by Tillie Olsen. Some would see it as symbolism of events that happened during that era as well as a sociological point of view but the author mainly focuses on Marxism.    The narrator of the short story is also the main character; the mother. She brings a child into a world of war, social standings and economical struggle. This burden is not only hers to face but also the burden of the young child’s life. The mother being of middle class did not have the financial means to raise her daughter and had to send her off to fathers parents for upbringing.

                                           Marxism is the social and economic values portrayed through the political system. Where the middle class struggles to make ends meet and the try to support their families on minimum wage. Back in the 19th century, during the great depression and Second World War, the government did not have any financial support programs for low income families. So this would be where the saying “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” comes into play. Emily was a perfect example of the starving, poor, and less educated child. Emily’s physical appearance portrayed a lot of her misfortune, she was “thin and dark and foreign-looking at a time when every little girl was supposed to look or thought she should look a chubby blonde replica of Shirley Temple”                                                         The title itself “I Stand Here Ironing” could be seen as symbolic since at the beginning of the story, the narrator/the mother is standing in front of the ironing board, looking back on her relationship with her eldest daughter. Meanwhile Emily is already nineteen years old and has already made a life for herself. She found herself to be great with comedy and developed a comedic act. Could this be ironic? When looking back at her upbringing, Emily was always upset, very quiet and isolated herself from others. Now that she is a woman, she stands before many to make others laugh when she has never enjoyed that sensation, that emotion until now. Her other siblings were raised at home by their mother and father, unlike Emily who was barely raised by her own mother and no father. The other siblings were happy and healthier then Emily. Because the story was only published in 1961 but based on an event that happened 30-40 years ago. I believe that the author is portraying her own life experience and/or perhaps the life experience of someone close to her.                                                               

4 comments October 10, 2007 clalonde

The Story of An Hour

I believe that the setting of the story was more important then the ending because the setting itself left alot more to the imagination and had reader’s wondering what would happen next. The ending of the story, the readers are able to put it all together. It was indicated near the middle of the story that the wife was already facing a heart condition and that certain events were haunting her since her childhood.

Once she received the news of her “dead” husband she locked herself in a room and stood by a window as though to let this news sink in. “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name, but she felt it creeping out of the sky, reaching towards her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air”. She was staring at a blue sky, the blue sky could have been representing freedom. As she stood by the window she shouted “Free, free, free”. I believe that she felt a release of freedom, freedom to finally live her own life for herself and no one else and this would be socially accepted since she was now a widow.

At the end of the story i believe that she dies from her heart problem but also by the shock of her husband standing at the door and realizing that all the freedom she was just given, was now taken away from her. The story did not indicate any signs of abusive or demeaning relationship between the husband and wife and she did say that she loved him some days but that wasn’t enough in the end.

After reading this short story, i believe that Chopin is a creator of clever plot twists.

2 comments September 27, 2007 clalonde

The Story of an Hour

 

1 comment September 25, 2007 clalonde

Hello world!

Hello world!

Every morning i wake up, i look forward to every new experience i will encounter throughout the day.  I am living the life of a university student. This life experience makes me fortunate enough to meet new people almost everyday.

It’s a given that with the title of a post-secondary student there comes responsability, late nights and stressful moments.  Although i have only been a university student for 3 weeks now, i believe that if you set  your mind to it, you can achieve anything.  This is something i am determined to achieve.  After all in the end, it is a rewarding experience.

1 comment September 19, 2007 clalonde

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