Two other things you might think about this week:
- At the end of chapter 11, The creature is quite self-aware when he asks the question "What was I?" Why does he ask WHAT rather than WHO? He has no memory of being anything other than what he is now, and he has no family, except a "creator/father" who has rejected him. Many people struggle with this question of identity--why should the creature, being made of human parts, be any different?
- In chapter 14, Shelley has the creature tell us more about Safie, the daughter of a Turkish merchant, who is a Muslim, and his wife, a former Christian Arab slave renowned for her beauty. We also learn that Safie's father was arrested and condemned to prison in Paris "most likely for his religion and his wealth." Why do you think Shelley might bring up the issue of religion [and wealth, for that matter] in a novel focusing on a man who appropriates for himself the power of God to create life?
Teacher Barb :)