Hope you’re having a good first weekend of the semester. On Monday, we’ll start Shelley’s Frankenstein, our first full novel of the course, and one of many texts we’ll read this semester that has an unconventional narrative structure: the first volume of the novel presents us with two narrators, Walton and Victor, whose lives and narratives intertwine in various ways.
Since we started talking Friday about how authors use different narrative forms to raise larger issues and questions, for this blog post you should do some focused thinking on the larger significance of what Shelley is doing with narrative: find two passages, one from each character’s narrative, that seem to speak to one another, either directly or more conceptually. In your post, do some specific analysis of these passages, quoting and citing them in order to explore how they speak to one another — beyond just noting that they do, try to think about what larger issues and concerns Shelley is raising across the pieces you choose: what is she suggesting about these two characters, or about the relations between them, or even about narrative and storytelling itself? How does the language of your chosen passages show us some of those ideas?
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by midnight on Sunday, September 11th. If you have any questions, let me know via email.