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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.”

 

 

 

 

Love Hurts

Rilee Hoch

Victor’s Creature spoke, “Let me tell you the story of a young foreign girl and a poor family, whom I came across during my journey through the USA. Then, perhaps you will understand how I came to feel emotion and see why I hope you will simply leave me to suffer this life alone in the wilderness.”

So Victor replied, “I will entertain you, please go ahead and tell your tale.”

The Creature began saying, “I had stumbled upon a poor neighborhood in America and taken to watching one poor family from a small shack near their home. One cold morning Felix looked more desolate than ever. He grasped his phone with white knuckles as he paced around the cottage. He allowed a few tears to escape, but quickly wiped them away. He eventually became so upset he threw his phone outside onto the concrete. I leapt out of my hiding place and grabbed the phone off the ground. As I inspected the device I discovered that the screen was cracked but the words were still legible. I had slowly learned how to use technology from observing Felix and his sister Agatha, so I was able to determine what information the phone contained. Felix was deeply in love with a woman named Safie who lived in a foreign nation called Turkey. He had gone there to work, and when he saw Safie walking along with her father on the street he quickly fell in love. Sadly he had to return to the States and Safie’s father would not approve of their marriage. Safie then spent over a year trying to get a visa so she could legally immigrate to the United States and be with Felix, but just as all her paperwork was to be finalized the president decided to tighten the immigration policies. She started to gather up funds to pay someone bring her over illegally. Her father found out about her secret plans to run away to the States and he immediately gave her away to be married. With assistance from a foreign help group, Safie escaped from the arranged marriage and entered the country. However, soon after she settled down with her lover an organization named ICE began separating friends and family all over the country, and Safie was quickly taken away from Felix. He had been actively communicating with her over the phone through social media and texts, which I discovered on his phone. When Safie stopped responding and posting, Felix asked a close friend to inquire about her whereabouts. Felix had been reading a text from his friend, who had managed to locate Safie. She had been arrested at a protest, and then sentenced to spend time in prison. After getting into a fight with the guards, Safie had been wrongfully beaten to death. Their story of failed love has opened my eyes to a life of isolation from humanity, and the immigration policies Safie had fought so strongly against showed me the true cruelty of this world”. The creature then produced Felix’s phone and handed it to Victor with a melancholy expression.

To the Publisher:

I decided to reimagine Felix and Safie’s love story in a manner opposite to the original text. In the original text of Frankenstein Safie and Felix overcome all the difficulties that cross their path. You can call me a pessimist, but that seems improbable, so to make it more realistic I applied a commentary on modern gender roles and our current immigration policy. This is a version of the same story, but one in which the ending is tragic and instead of learning of love and happiness the Creature is exposed to the cruel reality of our modern world. In contrast to the ease of her border crossing shown in the original text, crossing the United States border would be more difficult for Safie. I wanted to showcase how immigrants in the United States, whether legal or illegal, face immense discrimination from not only the people but from our justice system as well. I chose to create the accompanying Instagram posts written by Safie because in the original text the Creature produces letters as proof of Safie and Felix’s story. However, letters are old fashioned and most members of our modern society communicate via text or forms of social media. Another contrast is the character of Safie, in my version she is a strong-willed feminist and social activist, rather than a meek girl seeking her validation from Felix. The only theme I desired to remain the same between my version of Frankenstein and the original text was the deep and passionate love Felix and Safie feel for each other. The Creatures attitude towards his future still changes after seeing the happy couple. Yet, instead of developing a desire for a female companion he is scared by the events and wants live in isolation away from the horrors of humanity. Overall their love will have opposing outcomes, and thus affect the Creature and Victor in different ways, but for better or worse love remains at the center of the story.