CPL310 9/22/2004 More Frankenstein Chapters 11-16 -- wants william for friend, then kills him -- hellish triumph, thrill of terror -- page 129, condition: creation compaion of same species with same defects Chapter 17 -- malicious because miserable -- Frankenstein: some justice in what the monster says; I owe him -- resolves to fulfill abhorred task Chapter 18 -- returns to Geneva -- marry Elizabeth vs honoring his pledge to the monster -- goes to England with Clerval -- he collects parts for his new creature there Chapter 19 -- blight over existence -- guiltless but cursed -- filthy process, sickened -- forebodings of evil Chapter 20: -- page 150: consider the effects of what doing (theme in many of our works: people should consider the effects of their actiosn) -- had I the right? -- destroys new creature -- I shall be with you on your wedding night -- arrested for Clerval's murder Chapter 21 -- sees Clerval dead, fever -- prison, horrible destiny -- one duty: protect family in Geneva and wait for the murderer Chapter 22 -- calls self assassin -- letter from Elizabeth asking about another woman -- tell her tale of misery after wedding -- presentiment of evil in Elizabeth -- wedding and party Chapter 23 -- Elizabeth murdered -- VF returns to Geneva -- father dies upon hearing the bad news -- VF tells tale to judge -- VF devotes himself to monster's destruction Chapter 24 -- leaves Geneva, wanders looking for monster -- "Devil eluded my grasp" but left mark (monster wants to keep tormenting Frankenstein) -- Northward with sledge and dogs -- departs from island and finds ship -- end of Frankenstein's story Walton in continuation -- page 192, senseless curiosity; learn from me -- page 193, chained in an eternal hell -- trod heaven, but fell -- Walton fears mutiny, agrees to go south (this shows that Walton too had ambition and had been risking everything) -- 199f, duty to creature vs toward species -- seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition (this is pretty much what Faust says at the end before he dies; he looked too high; there's too much in the world to try to accomplish everything; what he has here is plenty) -- Frankenstein dies -- monster appears -- asks VF for pardon -- Walton: duty vs compassion -- 202ff. Monster's self description: love, ptiy, self-abhorrence, vengeance, virtue, fallen agel, malignant devil, alone, wretch -- never satisifed -- "I was the slave of an impulse I detested" -- will burn himself Why did Frankenstein do it? Wissensdurst (thirst for knowledge) Dr Hye got e-mail from friends (one in England, one in Minnesota) he knew 40 years ago. -- British woman's son Andy is an animator (he did Chicken Run) -- he's working on a new full-length Wallace and Grommet -- this is one of the earlier short clips -- A Close Shave: dog robot created for good turns out evil Henrik Ibsen 1828-1906 -- Norwegian Dramatist -- "An Enemy of the People" -- still popular all over the world -- bilingual version in China with English actress only one speaking English; they had a censor though -- covered more in Scandinavian lit -- born in Skien in SE Norway -- father's business ruined -- 6 years of great poverty -- studied 1851-7 in National Theatre of Bergen (west coast, few hours north of Oslo) -- 1857 manager of Christiana Norw. Theatre (Christiana is now Oslo) -- theater failed; 1864 moved to Rome; lived abroad for 27 years -- Dresden, Munich, fame in Germany -- Italy & Munich again -- 1891 return to Norway -- writing about Norwegian culture and problems but from a distance, offending some people (Strenberg, the greatest Swedish playwright, had a similar experience) -- liefloin (lifelie) society is based on lies; hypocrisy -- most played international writer after Shakespeare -- "have to know Norway to understand me" -- plays follow a structure, builting through three acts -- tremendous ability to portray female psyche -- Nora has provoked generations (from A Doll's House) -- many versions of productions, including films; one was in Iran put into modern times -- watching an Ibsen play is like taking a bath, emerge cleaner; you come out of it a different person -- Ibsen said he needs 3 drafts of a play to get to know his characters; first is meeting someone on a railway journey; second is a month at a spa; third is a close and long acquaintance -- an actor said "to work with Ibsen is like fighting with the trolls" -- Peer Gynt (1867) a famous work of his -- univeral man; our faults and many virtues; huge personality; asks who are you, what is your true self?; finds self in chaos of society -- A Doll's House (1879) -- Germans just call it Nora -- Torvald and Nora Helmer have three children; during Christmas time it comes out that Nora forged a signature once to get money to help her husband when he was sick (to send him to a spa); though she repaid the money, she's being blackmailed by a guy Krogstad who's losing his job; helmer's reaction is not gratitude but anger at being made to look bad; he treats her as a child (a doll in a house); duty and freedom come up; Nora finally walks out -- Ghosts (1881) -- followup to A Doll's House; rejected in Scandinavia; premiered 1882 in Chicago; contemporaries offended by themes; shows contrast to Nora; Mrs. Alving stays with her dissolute, unfaithful husband; one theme is effect of venereal disease on their child -- ghosts of past; duty to society, to family and to the truth; truth vs hypocrisy -- contrasts: life/death; light/dark; freedom/fear -- An Enemy of the People (1882) -- answer to critics of chosts, especially "liberal" newspapers -- humor, caricatures -- popular play; conventional form -- issues: truth; duty; family relationships -- see earlier notes for plot (unhealthy water in spa in tourist town) -- two characters are newspapermen wanting to promote a revolution; they'll support whatever cause will helps that -- businessman who wants moderation; goes whichever way the wind blows -- act one: living room; town -- tolerance, right-thinking, prosperous, warm, comfortable; brothers' conflict (mayor worries about authority and paying to correct problem); Dr Stockman's life - hardship to enthusiasm; hypocrisy (Petra exposes schools where she teaches); duty (why Dr checked spas [but private glee as well? I told you so; earlier he'd warned about not building the tanneries where they were, which pollute the spas; the tanneries belong to his father-in-law though; does he have a duty to his father-in-law? also his wife's inheritance is thus endangered]) [rubbing his hands is a motif showing him taking pleasure in his scheming] -- act two: -- endorsement of Dr S; motives -- Dr S: getting things cleared up -- Morten (Dr S's father-in-law): Grudge against council -- Hovstad: truth comes first; ecplode myth of infallibilty; duty [but newspapermen when finally called to publish the truth back down] -- Aslaksen (businessman): solid majority; moderate demonstration -- mayor's challenge to Dr S; cost, time, ruin of town and mayor's reputation -- duty to reveal and fix or to submit to authority and hide problem; ruthless -- good of the town -- conflicts crystallized; truth vs lie; might vs right </plaintext><br /></body></html>