"The 'Workshop of Filthy Creation'"
What does Montag mean by an "illusion of autonomy" (469)?
Why is the absence of the French Revolution in
Why is sympathy for Charles I in
surprising? Explain how the quoted passage demonstrates this sympathy.
Who were the new elites?
Why, according to Montag, were the new elites " forced to mobilize the plebian masses" (471)?
Explain: "The mass mobilizations necessary to destroy the old world order effectively blocked the creation of the new" (471).
Why, according to Montag, did the newly created working class resist industrialization?
Who were the Luddites?
In what ways, according to Montag, does Frankenstein's monster become identified with the proletariat?
Explain: "The very logic of capitalism has produced the means of its own destruction" (473).
Why is it "too simple" to say that "the monster equals the proletariat" (474)?
Explain: "We do not leave the work in search of its historical meaning but seek the meaning of its historical existence within it" (474).
Why is a text's historicity "inescapably . . . present in the form of a conflict" (475)?
Explain: "Frankenstein has been the instrument of science" (475).
Explain: "Scientific and technological progress . . . introduces separateness, division, and antagonism into the social world" (476).
What is the difference between production and creation?
Why, according to Montag, is it important that the actual process of creation in
is not discussed?
Explain: "Technology and science, so central to the novel, are present only in their effects" (477).
How does clothing the scientific in theological terms allow the narrative to protect "itself from the reality that it describes by casting a veil over that reality" (478)?
Explain: "He is the sole embodiment of the industrial in an otherwise rural world" (479). Who is "he"?
Explain: "Frankenstein's monster is finally not identified with the working class of Mary Shelley's time but with its absence" (480).
To what time, according to Montag, does this text "turn backward" (480)? Why?