1. Is the character Dr. Frankenstein a critique of Enlightenment rationality or

by | Mar 19, 2022 | Literature

1. Is the character Dr. Frankenstein a critique of Enlightenment rationality or Romantic values? In other words, doesFrankenstein critique the idea that human beings are objective, non-biased, and in control of their emotions, or does it critique the Romantic ideal that humans can be “whole and balanced” by synthesizing feeling with reason, by letting emotion flow freely? Does the novel suggest that science and technology are inherently dangerous enterprises due to human irrationality? Provide at least three examples to support your view.
2. While the Enlightenment ideal of beauty is defined by rationality, symmetry, control, and order, the Romantic ideal is defined by an act of empathy that powers an ability to perceive individual beauty (“uniqueness”) even if it is marred by flaws or imperfections. Does Dr. Frankenstein’s repulsion and rejection of his creation based on its physical appearance suggest that he holds an Enlightenment or Romantic ideology of beauty? In other words, does the Dr. lack the empathy to perceive the individual beauty of his creation, or is his creation objectively disturbing, i.e., ugly? Provide at least three examples to support your view.
3. Describe how point-of-view works in Frankenstein. Who is the main narrator? In what form does the narrator tell their story? If there is more than one narrator, explain who they are and what effect is created by having multiple narrators. Is more or less empathy created for the characters by having them narrate their own experiences? Do you feel more empathy for one character than another? If so, why? Provide at least three examples to support your views.

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