p.28: The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
p.32: When I considered the improvement which every day takes place in science and mechanics, I was encouraged to hope my present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future successes.
Respond to Dr. Frankensteins perspective, with particular reference to events and sentiments in the story and your own ideas about human development.
El sueño de la razón produce monstruos
Franscisco Goyas words can be translated as The sleep of reason produces monsters, or The dream of reason produces monsters.
What difference does this make, and how can you relate this oblique sentiment to the themes of Frankenstein the specific incidences therein?
All of soul-inspiriting fled with sleep, and dark melancholy clouded every thought. The rain was pouring in torrents, and thick mists hid the summits of the mountains, so that I even saw not the faces of those mighty friends. Still I would penetrate their misty veil and seek them in their cloudy retreats. What were rain and storm to me? (p. 66, ch. 10, para. 2).
Seriously: what are rain and storm to him? Why is Frankenstein attracted to the sublime power of nature, and how is this power aligned with the other themes and conflicts of the book?
During their chase, the monster leaves Frankenstein with the following inscription, among others:
My reign is not yet over. You live, and my power is complete (p.152, ch. 24, para. 13).
Why is this so?
5. If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst and desire, we might be nearly free (66-67). Why is this thought to be so? And how does the poem Mutability (cited in Volume II, Chapter 10) suggest that were not free? And how does this relate to the condition of the characters in the story?