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Supporting the study of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present, this . English Literature in Context by Paul Poplawski is a. English Literature in Context. PAUL POPLAWSKI. General Editor. VALERIE ALLEN, Medieval English, – ANDREW HISCOCK, The Renaissance. English Literature in Context book. Read 6 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Supporting the study of English literature from the Mi.

First, being the novel itself a text by a female author. And second by presenting masculinity as self-destructive and suggesting that the only way to rescue men from this imposed self-destruction is by rekindling the sparks of tenderness buried under their mask of manliness. In doing so, Shelly advocates for the sensitive aspect of human nature over the 19th century dichotomy between masculine sense and feminine sensibility through her tough yet tender male characters: Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and the monster. Peter J. Kitson mentions that when Frankenstein was first published in it was assumed by many that the author must be male. In the preface of this book Shelly mentions: Two other friends a tale from the pen of one of whom would be far more acceptable to the public than anything I can ever hope to produce and myself agreed to write each a story founded on some supernatural occurrences. The weather, however, suddenly became serene; and my two friends left me on a journey among the Alps.

The other thing to consider in her preface is why do the two guys head out to explore the Swiss vista leaving her indoor? Does not this in itself reflect the gender notions of early 19th century? Even though Shelley herself seems to have to some level appropriated those notions, can we not say that she is somehow boasting that their tales did not get written and her story did?

If she is not boasting then probably she should because this novel seems to be an outcome of that demeanor feminine virtue of staying indoors. Now, let us shift our gaze to the male characters of the novel.

Almost all of them have some characteristics in common: courage, resolution, ambition, education and an unhindered determination to achieve what they seek.

Be men Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your Rijal 3 brows.

Masculinity on the basis of this novel is marked by two main characteristics.

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One is an unwavering desire to accomplish some great purpose. He walks all the way from Ingolstadt to Geneva. But in the end, what do these headstrong ambitions achieve but destruction. The Second one is a self-cultivated mind.

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Not just Robert and Victor but the monster is also self-educated. Maybe it is this emphasis on education that leads the 19th century men to their melancholy. It is masculine sense and science that leads Victor to his doom. Despite being warned by his father and teacher, he follows the path of his mind and ends up losing all that he ever loved.

I think Mary Shelly chose the monster to show how masculinity is a social construct. The monster evolves through the processes of human civilization.

He learns to feel, to eat, to make fire, to read, to write, to reason and then to take revenge. It should be understood that he does not begin murdering people as soon as he comes into existence.

He does it at the end. And what better way to show that masculinity is a social construct just like monstrosity. The violence, the indifference, the aggression often associated with men are just social Rijal 4 constructions. They are not natural, otherwise the monster would not have waited that long to phase out his cold-blooded plans.

Victor neglects the monster, his own child. The alienation from his father compels the creature to seek love from other human beings but they shun him for his hideous appearance. Victor challenges nature through science by giving birth to another human being but he fails to take the role of a mother and thus turns his child into a monster.

Gender theory says that man is not what he is born rather what he becomes. And the creature becomes a monster, gradually. Another reason why Shelley created the monster, in my view, is to display the horrors of excessive rationality. Even when Victor challenges him for a combat, he controls his anger and chooses to reason. It is this reason which compels Victor to start making a female companion for him. What did this mean?

Who was I? What was I?

Whence did I come? What was my destination? Reference Andrew Hiscock 3. Reference Lee Morrissey 4.

English Literature in Context (2017, Hardcover, Revised)

Texts and Issues IV. Reference Peter J. Kitson 5. Reference Maria Frawley 6. Reference Paul Poplawski 7. Reference John Brannigan. Printed Pages: Bookseller Inventory

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