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Karla Garcia

English 10

Dr. Garcia

27 November 2018

 

Frankenstein: “The Creature’s Wish Tangible”

A poet word’s once said, ‘some say the world will end in fire, some say ice.”

Of what he desired whether that of either fire or ice, fire became the price.

But it was not always so.

Unforgiving bitter white snow was the first to show

The world was coated with hard slick ice filled with nights of impenetrable darkness

And obscured the time which had been thought as harmless

Thus, an experiment began to procure mankind’s selfish blinded request

And thought himself highly safe and blessed

Throughout this selfish blinded endeavor man’s creature was thought deficient

His features became the deciding factor that of which man spurned and cursed

For it expressed hideous uncanny deformity and was left ultimately submersed

As the story goes, the Creature’s injustice rightly burst and surged

Expressing his emotions toward his selfish and uncaring creator he urged

But his rightly and justly felt cries were unheard

Both their miseries were thence by consequence intertwined

Days became months then years, and one declined thus fell behind

Justice for the creature’s pleas was erased and replaced with remorse

Thus, the creature’s last words were in due course

A funeral pile with torturous flames was to be his decided demise

Such odd desire for the world was still covered in thick cold ice

But now the same urgent words alarmingly ring

And the truth may severely sting

For the price to pay is no longer ice

It has become fire

Such price wreaks hellish havoc on our only Earth

Hot deadly fires burn so brightly their unforgiving heat consume all that it touches from the depths of our brown dirt,

To the tops of our once massive and flourishing green trees.

Some drop down in prayer to their knees.

But Nature’s signs were acknowledged too late

Fires have dispersed among many nations and are left in such desolate states.

Such are the vengeful fires that they burn among areas never conceived of before.

The fires consume ice even from one of the world’s coldest places

Known as Russia her Far Eastside icy planes have been ignited with fires as they leave their ash smattered traces

Proof of thoughts that were once inconceivable

Are now believable and unforgivable

 

Will mankind still ignore Nature’s warning signs?

Like Mary Shelly may have expressed by various designs

Through her genius book Frankenstein

Was it an odd desire?

Or a prediction after all?

The creature’s demise can know to be complete

For such sad request is now contrite

Wild seemingly inescapable fires that consume even the thickest of ice

Will, it such a determined desire suffice?

 

Selfless and loving Nature for mankind she had blessed

But mankind remains unstressed

Fires after fires continue each stronger than the other

Some plead to Earth to our Mother Nature

A year without summer was once proclaimed

In the near future such phrase will become, ‘a year without winter’ thus will be named

Reflection

I decided to write a poem imitating that of the poet Robert Frost. It was a very difficult task to articulate and create. Robert Frost’s first line became my inspiration for writing because of its overall message. As a result, I wanted to express climate changes the way Shelly herself describes it, but the way it affects our word today. The form is poetic and rhythmic I was, in essence, trying to imitate a sort of iambic pentameter like Frost.  Though I do admit that it may stray away I am not a poet after all. The begging of this long kind of epoch poem starts off with Frost’s line and becomes a gateway for my interpretation and twist.

So, I describe how it was in the begging of the novel, an icy world within the context of the novel and the Creature and his origins and the arrogance of mankind. I draw special attention to the creature’s last words indicating his suicide by flames. I found this detail (thorough some guidance) very interesting. How was the creature going to die if he was surrounded by ice and snow? As such, I believe it would be achievable if it were placed in today’s society. We know that global climate change is occurring and warming of the Earth has reached unprecedented levels. Not so long-ago California was hit by one of now recorded history’s deadliest fires. Leaving many homeless and others unfortunately missing.

In this poem, climate change from today’s society is expressed but crediting author’s like Shelly and Frost for their “critique” or interpretation of the world and its climate. Since these warning signs are now at a global level just like in Shelly’s time, I end the poem with the phrase, “a year without summer,” and replace it with, “a year without winter.”

 

 

 

 

Climate change

Throughout the novel, Frankenstein,  Mary Shelley throws some hints at her readers about climate change at that time of setting. During the time Mary Shelley was writing Frankenstein, the weather in that current year was very cold and ugly which in fact went on to be referred to as the “Year Without a Summer”. In the same way, California right now is experiencing climate change, but instead of it being cold and rainy we have fires everywhere. This shows that climate change has been an ongoing issue for a very long time now, and we continue to contribute to it in all the wrong ways. In the sequence of events, we can only assume this will continue to worsen as times goes by. Climate change is real, and it is damaging everyone.

By dalia ulloa

Awaiting Damage

As we have been discussing, Frankenstein can be interpreted as a warning of climate change due to humans and the possible consequences. While the novel warns of ice as the enemy, we are currently battling against the opposite, fire. Along with destruction of homes, the fires also bring poor air quality. This situation can be interpreted through Frankenstein as another instance in which humans are fighting a force stronger than them, that requires more than just asking it to go away. Furthermore, those with breathing problems, who are more sensitive to the unhealthy air, would support the claim that creature is a symbol of the coming end, meaning that it may be possible that the air quality, and the fires themselves, will become so severe that everyone will suffer irreversible damage, ultimately causing change in the regular climate completely. We can see the damage happening now, but further, possibly greater damage, may not be noticed until much later.

By: Galilea Sanchez

The Fiery Creature

By Mary Russell

Though the temperature of the novel Frankenstein and the fires currently affecting California are complete opposites, utilizing ecocriticism we can see the warnings from the 1800’s about what was to come. Back in Mary Shelley’s time, leading scientists were scrambling to solve the ice age they were experiencing and some even claimed they wished to control the weather. This is criticized in the novel. Victor seeks to control a force of nature (death) which eventually turns on him, destroying everything he loves and Victor does not want to take responsibility. He blames the creature for it’s violence, and lashes out at it. Scientists in the 1800s attempted to control the weather, a force of nature. Now we are being destroyed by the very thing they attempted to harness. No one wants to take responsibility and instead are getting into arguments about the validity of climate change while California burns. The president is attempting to throw blame instead of helping, and all the while the climate change creature rages on.

By~Amber Loper

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Frankenstein’s Monster, if cared for, can be controlled for good.  But Frankenstein faces the issue of man’s negligence, causing a problem where it could have otherwise been avoided. Although, there are outside forces that made this inevitable: Man’s unquenchable desire to uncover the secrets of life. The Monster kills, not because it is in its nature, but because it can’t control itself and by the time Victor tries to do something about it, it is too late. In the Novel, blame is placed, by authorities, not on the cause of the problem (the monster), but on other reasons not connected to Victor’s Creation, like poor Justine. In the end, this isn’t about a monster that has gone out of control. This is about waiting too long to solve an issue that has been around for years, but ignorance has led to unnecessary deaths and destruction.

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Fire, if cared for, can be controlled for good. But California faces the issue of man’s negligence, causing a problem where it could have otherwise been avoided. Although, there are outside forces that made this inevitable. Nature’s un-quinched thirst for rain spanning years. Fire kills, not because it is in its nature, but because it can’t control itself and by the time man tries to do something about it, it is too late. In California, blame is placed, by our president, not on the cause of the problem (no rain), but on other reasons not connected to global warming, like poor state management. In the end, this isn’t about a fire that has gone out of control. This is about waiting too long to solve an issue that has been around for years, but ignorance has led to unnecessary deaths and destruction.

Catastrophic climate change

by Marco Hidalgo

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was written during the years without summer. Now today, we are living in the season of wildfires and without any rain which both impacts the climate of the world. In Frankenstein, the creature has done terrible things suck as destroying Victors families like killing William and Justine. This is what happens when something catastrophic beginning in the world. Such as the wildfires that are out of control at the moment and how individuals are losing loved ones, their homes, and how animals are being killed. This shows how we should be protecting our earth from anymore disaster from happening again.

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The miserable creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein purports to kill himself, yet his words invoke a curious sense of triumph and hope in an afterlife. This seeming paradox is far from it, for the fire he plans to die in is at once destroying and purifying, emphasizing the creature’s spiritual humanity.

This goes without saying, but burning alive is horrifying. The creature recognizes so much, saying he will “exult in the agony of the torturing flames” (Shelley 189). I’ll get to the strange exulting part, but, hey, let’s first recognize the very real, very scary agony and torture he’s facing. Worse, the creature declares that his present miseries will be “extinct” (189), invoking dramatic finality since, by nature of his unique creation, his demise will literally be an extinction.

That’s pretty dang sad. So why exult? Part of it has to do with fire’s purifying properties. The Bible describes how, as a blacksmith refines impure minerals in a fire to produce dazzling gold, God can purify a man from unrighteousness. The creature subscribes to this, believing that the death of his physical body is not truly an end since, as his “ashes will be swept into the sea” (189), his “spirit will sleep in peace” (189). This image works on multiple levels, invoking the idea of “from dust to dust” as well as that of the majestic phoenix (his spirit) rising from the ashes. Finally, as the creature is “soon borne away by the waves” (189), I cannot help but think of how he may soon be reborn as his spirit moves on. The circle is complete, for as a “spark of being” (60) initially brings him to a hideous earthly existence, a grand “conflagration” (189) sends him out into a new purer one. The creation may’ve been dead parts come to life, but he sure appears to have a soul. And he goes out with a bang.