"'My Hideous Progeny': The Lady and the Monster"
** Homework Questions **
According to Poovey, how does Nature function in
? Provide references from her essay to support your response.
According to Poovey, how does Shelley view the imagination?
Provide references from her essay to support your response.
Explain: "Left with a craving for knowledge but no reliable guide to direct it, Frankenstein's curiosity is kept within bounds only by the 'mutual affection' of his domestic circle" (346).
Explain: "Mary Shelley characterizes innate desire not as neutral or benevolent but as quintessentially egotistical" (346).
Explain: "As long as domestic relationships govern an individual's affections, his or her desire will turn outward as love" (347).
According to Poovey, exactly how benevolent is Frankenstein's scheme to create life? Explain.
, according to Poovey,
the monster the "incarnation of the imagination's ugly and deadly essence" (350)?
How, according to Poovey, is the monster like a woman?
How, according to Poovey, is the monster "as immune to human justice as it was repulsive to human love" (352)?
What, according to Poovey, is "the only acceptable or safe arena in which to articulate her feelings" (354)? Explain.
Other Discussion Questions:
Explain Poovey's suggestion that Shelley's novel can be seen as "a troubled, veiled exploration of the price she had already begun to fear . . . egotistical self-assertion might exact" (345).
How, according to Poovey, does Shelley "desire to accommodate her adolescent impulses to conventional propriety" (345).
According to Poovey, what did contemporary reviewers
fail to consider?
Describe Keats's conception of "soul-making" (346).
Describe Locke's conception of the
How, according to Poovey, has Frankenstein "murdered domestic tranquility" (348)?
Explain Poovey's claim that
"animating the monster completes and liberates Frankenstein's egotism" (348).
Explain what Poovey identifies as Wollstonecraft's and Wordsworth's view of maturation.
, according to Poovey, does Shelley's understanding of Nature differ from that of Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, and Percy Shelley?
What, according to Poovey, is the effect of Shelley's decision to employ a series of first-person narratives in the novel?
Explain Percy Shelley's views on the relationship of the audience to poetry.
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