and the State of Nature
** Homework Questions **
What two forces were considered by late eighteenth-century scientists as potential "keys to the secret of life itself" (476)? How are they present in
How, according to Bate, are Victor and Walton similar to the Ancient Mariner?
With which respective states of being are Victor and his Creature identified, according to Bate?
Explain: "Science is thus set in opposition to the female principles of maternity and natural landscape" (477).
Explain: "Enlightenment proves to be endarkening" (478).
Explain: "Language, property, and institutionalization bring about the fall from nature into history" (478).
Explain: "Frankenstein's crime, committed in the isolation of his laboratory, has been to deny the principle of community" (479).
Explain: "The attempt to cheat death through knowledge instead of intercourse is the novel's original sin" (479).
How, according to Bate, is the Creature "the repressed nature which returns and threatens to destroy the society that has repressed it" (480)?
How, according to Bate, does the close of the novel present "an image of nature's continuing power to resist the human quest for mastery" (480)?
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