Yes, you're expected the first day of online class. Bring your Prentice-Hall Brit. Lit. textbook so we can have a quick
overview of the class. Also, you will need your ID card to
Pick up is at the
beginning of class. There is a later start due to CAHSEE
everyone starts with a 50/50 on the "tardy block". Being on time
every time is a great way to keep a solid A on this assignment.
Remember, every time you're late, 10 points is knocked off your
grade. You have one class a week. Please make it here on time.
In-Class: Quick overview of Brit. Lit. II expectations.
Introduction to Frankenstein.
will begin with responding to various posted questions and
statements located around the room. Everyone will be expected to
participate in a group discussion regarding the topics.
Assignments: Read p. 565-575 in your textbooks regarding the
Romantic Age. There will be a test on this information on
Please read the first three chapters of the novel
and be prepared for a quiz on the material. (Pages 1-39). The
reading ALSO includes the letters, which are within the pages
you'll be reading. After reading Frankenstein, please TYPE
a one-page response explaining what you learned about Robert
Walton's personality. Detail what Walton is doing and why. Where is
he headed to? What does he seek the most in life? Explain what is
said in the letters and what strange incident Walton sees on the ice
one day. Please bring this assignment with you next week,
is the world-famous story of a doctor whose brilliant mind gets the
better of him. One of the first and certainly most enduring Gothic
novels of the English literary tradition, its premise allows the
reader to hear the story not only from the perspective of the tragic
Dr. Frankenstein, but also from that of his listener, Captain Walton
-- who has entertained similar fascinations in the natural sciences.
The book is divided into three
sections: Shelley's Preface, four letters from Walton to his sister
back in England, and the twenty-four chapters that make up Dr.
Frankenstein's story. This version follows the text faithfully and
includes one chapter per page, except for Chapter 24, which is much
longer than the others and whose format lends to its division into
On the surface, many students first
generalize about Frankenstein being a crazy monster that attacks
everyone due to not knowing better. However, the truth is that the
monster becomes very intelligent, (almost a little too articulate),
and devises ways to hurt the person most who has made and rejected
him, Frankenstein, his creator). The book fits in well with the
Romantic period in that appreciation of nature and longing for
friendship are two of the most prevalent themes throughout the
book. The early movies that were created around the novel did no
justice to the plot- rather, they showed a crazed lab lunatic making
a heinous idiot who could not speak or control himself. It wasn't
until the movie made in the late 1990's was made starring Robert De
Nero, portraying the monster as a creature longing for acceptance,
and thus told the story far more accurately. The part about brother
and sister later becoming man and wife is quite shocking, however.
is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that
originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe,
and gained strength during the Industrial Revolution.
It was partly a revolt against aristocratic social
and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction
against the scientific rationalization of nature, and was embodied
most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature.
Important figures outside Britain: Beethoven, Franz Schubert,
Napoleon, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Important figures from Britain: Byron, Mary Shelley, Keats.
Karloff as the Monster in the first movie production. Here's
a quick piece of movie trivia for you, did you know that the
original "Frankenstein" movie was one of the first ever
movies to have sound?
Victor Frankenstein's lab. Many movies depict Victor as a
crazed scientist who has a mentally-challenged assistant who
steals the brain of a deranged person. This is nothing like