Frankenstein and Identity
For this essay, you are to locate FOUR outside scholarly discussions to include in your analysis of identity and normality as represented in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Referring to other sources bring other voices into your writing and is something all scholars do in their writing. This goes beyond looking up the author and name of the work and can include research on historical interpretations of identity, modern concepts of identity, cultural differences and much more.
When searching the on the computer for scholarly sources to support your arguments, where do you begin? Most students will say "the internet" or "the web" or "Google".
Those are not bad places to start, but they are not generally suitable for university-level resources. The tabs on this page will lead to you resources that will meet your needs and are just as easy to search as the wide open web. The resources on these tabs will be more likely to meet scholarly standards. For more about what a scholarly source is, click here.
To get started, it is useful to know biographical or background material on your author: The examples in this site refer to Mary Shelley as a 19th Century woman writer.
Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley was the daughter of a freethinker who wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" and a liberal philosopher. This upbringing made a difference in how she viewed the world and placed her in contrast to much of British thinking of the time. She lived with Percy Shelley, an atheist and freethinker, making her an immoral woman in the eyes of society and was acquainted with major literary figures of the time as well as widely read in literature and science. These influences would certainly be revealed in her writing.
Frankenstein was not written as an entertainment piece, but a commentary on issues and cultural thinking. A clue to this is the subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. Who is Prometheus? Why would this name mean something to the 19th Century reader?
Some ideas and concepts, but certainly not all, that you can find in this work:
These terms will prove useful in finding resources, but are not the only terms you could use for this topic. Think about your chosen essay and look for ideas and concept terms. Your thinking and resources will be richer for it.
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