This week in class three groups of students collaboratively drew three landscape drawings of vol. 1, chapter 10 of Frankenstein, where Victor and the creature encounter each other for the first time (pp. 92-93).  Drawing #1 won the contest, because of their sublime depiction of mist and the surrounding shadowy mountains.  Nonetheless, drawing #3 did a better job of emphasizing the creature’s sublime obscurity and horror of the unknown.  All the groups struggled to capture the “unearthly ugliness” of the creature, without making him appear comical or too distinct and clear (a quality of beauty).  We concluded that the creature upsets the aesthetic categories of the sublime, the beautiful, and the ugly, as theorized by Edmund Burke.

I’ll be glad to get some comments from those who have any suggestions for how to visualize the creature in this novel.  Of course, film depictions of the creature try to do this, but they have not always been faithful to the novel.

                                                                                                                                                                       group drawing #2:

drawing #2 

                                                                                                                                                           group drawing #3:

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                                                                                                                                         group drawing #1: (the winning picture)

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