Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Process Essay

Today in the 10-12 English 201 class we looked at portfolios and I told students to look for a check-list before Monday here. We then read the How to Write a Personal Letter in WWT, talked about the use of "you" in essays (it okay to use this form of address), and then proceeded to list the process of creating a monster: Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his creature. We agreed that both the doctor and his creature were not born bad, rather their experiences and choices made their behavior "monstrous." The assignment for the weekend is to write a process essay describing how either Dr. Frankenstein or his creature became monsters. Choose one, don't write about both.

Before we made our two lists, we did a freewrite where students developed three thesis sentences in response to the questions: What is a monster or How to Make a Monster? You do not have to respond to one of these statements, in fact, Sarah and Erick had really good responses and if they email their sentences to me I will post them here also for students to see.

1. Although Dr. Victor Frankenstein's intent was to create a new human life to alleviate suffering in the world, his ego prevents him from acknowledging his loss of control over this entity once he allows it to escape.

2. Dr. Frankenstein is so caught up in the process of discovery, he does not consider the consequences of his decision to use decayed scrapes of human flesh, and so creates something so horrible he cannot look upon it.

3. Distraught over his creators rejection and his isolation in the world, the creature acts out in pain upon the one who has caused him the most harm--Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

In the 1-3 English 201 we did this last week. You will write your essays today. Remember, we started them.


All students:
Complete the novel. Read in WWT pages pp. 221-2 Revision, Help from the Audience, and Classification pp. 223-230, and 233-236. We will read Mother-in-Law (237) on Monday, May 14. Think about the categories: monstrosity vs. humanism.

Do the two lists overlap in anyway?

What happens to a thing when you place it in a category or classify it in any way? Is the process of naming a thing a form of negating it as well?

Sarah Pruitt
English 201 B
Process essay

From a Creature to a Monster

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein defies the laws of nature by taking non living objects and creating a living creature. Frankenstein was looking to discover the meaning of life so that he could eventually bring his mother who had recently passed away back to life. He also thought that if he could create a creature, the creature would be so grateful for being made that he would live his life in servitude to his creator. Something was bound to go wrong when Victor tried to create his creature because he was trying to defy the laws of nature by giving life to death.
One Stormy night Victor’s long awaited dream became his biggest nightmare. The Creature arose confused and bewildered by its surroundings. Victor made the creature of giant stature, with slick black hair, skinny black lips, and yellow watery eyes. When he was putting the creature together he imagined it to be a beautiful being, when it awoke however, Victor was terrified at how hideous he found the creature. The creature smiled at him and Victor ran and hid. This would not be the last time the creature was going to have to deal with people’s negative reactions to him. Victor was an irresponsible creator because it was with in the first day of the creatures’ life Victor had already abandoned him.
So here sits a hideous mammoth creature completely new to everything, left to take on the world by himself. The creature is completely uneducated and abandoned. How does one that is teaching him self everything from scratch teach himself right from wrong, or good from bad? Ignorance like this alone could easily make someone or something a “monster.” Everywhere the creature went he would see people and the way they interacted with each other with compassion and kindness, and then he would see how they interacted with him, which was generally fear and screaming. This only made the creature realize how lonely he was and how badly he longed for even just one friend. Over time the creature gets more and more upset about being rejected by the human race and not finding acceptance. He swears revenge on his creator. This is when the real “monster” comes out. The monster ends up killing everyone in Victors’ life that is dear to him because the monster was never capable of having anyone in his life to love him.
The monster is what he is because of Victor. He could have been the friendliest creature the world would have ever seen if he was given the chance but instead he was seen only as a monster. He dealt with suffering, pain, loneliness, abandonment, physical handicaps, and the cruel people of the world. With all these emotions and no way of telling how to deal with them, it could only be expected that the creature would turn into a monster in no time.
Sarah, what a great essay. Your thesis is strong and your support for VF's ultimate responsiblity for creating a monster is excellent.

You use a different strategy for this process essay. Instead of listing the steps FV used to create a monster you pose situations that would make the creature behave monstrously. As you reference VF's behavior, you also infer that the creator is also behaving monstrously.

Very good stylistically!

The grade is an A-.
A Stephens
Process Essay – The Monster
English 201B – MW – 1-3

An Experiment Gone Wrong

Victor Frankenstein decided to create a human being, but ended up creating a monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein may have wanted to create a human because of the death of his mother when he was a boy. By creating his monster, Dr. Frankenstein caused the death of others when he rejected his creation. The monster became a “monster” when the doctor decided to play God and try to create a human.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a monster as an abnormal form or structure and deviates from normal or acceptable behavior, a threatening force, and an animal of strange or terrifying shape, a person of unnatural, extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness or cruelty. Most of the descriptions fit the monster in Mary Shelley’s story, but some of them such as deviates from normal or acceptable behavior, wickedness or cruelty fit the monster and Dr. Frankenstein.

In many ways, Dr. Frankenstein was the monster’s parent. I think the role of a parent is to nurture, love, care, support, teach, communicate, and provide the basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and education. When Dr. Frankenstein created the monster, he abandoned him because he was mortified by the way the monster looked and didn’t want anything to do with him. From the beginning, the monster was alienated and had to provide for himself.

When you hear stories on the news about a baby being abandoned, if it is found alive it has basically three choices. It can be put in foster care, adopted or reunited with the family. If the baby is adopted into a loving family, it’s a good possibility it will turn out okay. If not, the baby can end up in a dysfunctional or abusive family where it’s mistreated. In many ways, the monster is like the abandoned baby, except he didn’t have any choices. Without someone to care for him, he didn’t learn the meaning of love and became a loner after being repeatedly outcast. The monster started to hate the doctor who created him. That’s when he started killing the people the doctor loved.
2. Dr. Frankenstein is so caught up in the process of discovery, he does not consider the consequences of his decision to use decayed scrapes of human flesh, and so creates something so horrible he cannot look upon it.

Dr Frankenstein wanted to be forever known for his hard work by doing the impossible, creating life. That hard work made him tired in mind, body, and soul. Dr. Frankenstein became very isolated in his work; he hardly contacted his own family. By going into graves and picking the right pieces for his master creation only at night, he only fell in love with the thought of completing it and giving hope to those who want to bring back their loved ones.
However, Dr. Frankenstein became so blind by his ambitious work that he ended up making a creature so horrid so hideous that yes it was hard for him to not look at it, because Frankenstein saw his own creation as a failure and in turn made him feel like a failure. With frustration and anger building up within the mad-scientist he deserted his creation not knowing that by doing this, the creature will follow him and hurt those who is very close to him.
In addition to this, the reason for all the unnecessary misery is because the monster just wanted to feel loved. Something Frankenstein does not know anything about, all because he isolated himself and became very bitter. Will Frankenstein ever find peace? I seriously doubt it he has too many demons in his closet, and too much blood on his hands. There is only three ways out of this situation which is to either take his own life, allow the courts deal with him, or let the monster kill him but that probably will not happen instead the monster will just keep killing just to make Frankenstein go mad.
Ashley Lezada
Progress essay
ENG 201B MW 1-3
Prof. Wanda Sabir

A Monster In The Making.

In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, I believe that originally there weren’t any monsters to begin with. From the lonesomeness and depression that Dr. Frankenstein had went through from the lost of his mother Caroline, he had created a companion of body parts. Taking the knowledge that he learned from his professors, he took anatomy and biology to a new level. He discovered the secret to creating life. Victor prepared himself academically, and dug up deceased body parts together with surgical tools. Unexpectedly, natural lighting from a storm had made his experiment of a new friend come to life. By no surprise, his creation looked hideous. It was a monster! Obviously, pulling together different body parts from grave yards, would not make a beautiful combination. In spite of the monster’s outcome, Dr. Frankenstein did not want nothing to do with it. Therefore neglecting what he created, causing his monster to suffer out in the world on its own. Which I would consider it to be a “monstrous” way for Dr. Frankenstein to react upon. In general, for anyone who is or somewhat like a parent; don’t bring any kind of life form into this world that you are not ready to take responsibility. Although, I can understand that Victor was sad, lonely, and curious. It is out of his nature to do so, in his situation. And as for the monster, he emotionally held in a lot of pain from being neglected by Dr. Frankenstein, which has caused him to take out all his anger on human beings. He isn’t necessarily fully human, but as a big creature, his mind is like a child. Children need attention, and if they don’t get any, they react in such childish ways. Victor never took consideration in how far the monster could go, but unexpectedly the monster’s outrage went beyond hurting people, to accidentally fitting murder. For the both of them, throughout the tragic events that has occurred, it is what caused each character to react in a personal matter. Due to their emotional state of minds within themselves, that is what brought out their monster in a making.
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