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- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
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- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Frankenstein Historical & Literary Context chapter exam.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical and literary context of Frankenstein for a standard English literature course. Topics covered include:
- Biography of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein
- Shelley's inspiration for the story
- Time period in which Frankenstein was written
- General overview of the background of this novel
- Origination of Frankenstein
- Literary classification of Frankenstein
- Elements that make Frankenstein a classical piece of literature
- Significance of Frankenstein within the Industrial Revolution
- Relationship between the character Frankenstein and Prometheus
- Depictions of Frankenstein in pop culture
- Differences and similarities between Frankenstein the book and the films
1. Mary Shelley: Writer of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley, author of ''Frankenstein'', is a remarkable figure in literary history. She lived an unconventional life full of success and sorrow in the midst of other talented individuals. Before she turned 20, she created an enduring work that launched an entirely new genre of fiction.
2. What Inspired Mary Shelley to Write Frankenstein?
This lesson explores what inspired Mary Shelley to write her pioneering work of science fiction, ''Frankenstein''. The lesson will discuss social as well as personal influences in Shelley's life and how those were applied to her writing.
3. When Did Mary Shelley Write Frankenstein? - Historical Context
This lesson will describe the historical backdrop of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, 'Frankenstein'. You'll learn a bit about the political, social, scientific, and artistic movements that influenced Shelley, as well as some relevant details from the author's life.
4. Frankenstein Background: Historical & Literary Background to the Novel
This lesson discusses the historical factors, as well as the literary influences that contributed to the creation of Mary Shelley's classic, Frankenstein. This includes the Industrial Revolution, and how it is reflected in the Romantic style of writing Shelley employs throughout the novel.
5. Origin of Frankenstein
Pop-culture Frankenstein comes in a big, dumb, greenish package. But that isn't the real Frankenstein. Learn the story behind the modern-day monster and test yourself with a quiz.
6. What's the Genre of Frankenstein?
If you've ever read ''Frankenstein,'' you know that the novel tells the story of a scientist who builds and animates a monster. This lesson discusses the two genres of literature the book falls under: Gothic novel and science fiction.
7. Frankenstein & Paradise Lost
In this lesson, we examine both Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Milton's Paradise Lost. Both works are about the creation of life and a rebellion against God. The influence of Paradise Lost on Frankenstein is clear.
8. Why Is Frankenstein a Classic?
Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein'' is not only a literary classic, but a cultural one as well. This lesson will touch on its troubled central characters and its innovative themes and form. Then you can test yourself with a short quiz.
9. Frankenstein & the Industrial Revolution
This lesson explores the Industrial Revolution in Mary Shelley's iconic 1818 novel, 'Frankenstein'. We'll explore how Shelley uses her classic horror story to present a warning about the forces of the Industrial Revolution.
10. Frankenstein & Prometheus
This lesson explores the myth of Prometheus as it relates to Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, ''Frankenstein.'' Still, the question remains: who in ''Frankenstein'' is the 'modern Prometheus?'
11. Frankenstein in Popular Culture
Author Mary Shelly's 1818 creation, Frankenstein's Monster, has greatly influenced popular culture. This lesson examines how the monster you see in movies, television, and other forms of entertainment might not be what the author originally intended him to be.
12. Frankenstein: Book vs. the Movies
Frankenstein and his monster have been portrayed in a book and in movies. Examine the difference between the original novel and two movies from the 1930s in this lesson. Finish by testing your knowledge with a quiz.
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