Tag Archives: nature
This story was interesting in many ways. When I first read the story, I was pretty shocked the wife, Louise, was not as devastated as most people would be if they found out their husband had died. A line that really stuck out to me was “And yet she had loved him–sometimes. Often she had not. ” This made me wonder why Louise did not love her husband. What went wrong with Louise and her husband that made her seem to dislike him?
The discussion in class today helped me tie the loose ends together. We discussed how she said “Free! Body and soul free.” Louise clearly felt confined in this marriage which would explain her unhappiness. Another line that caught my attention was “Go away. I am not making myself ill. No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window.” The key word in that sentence is the open window. Typically you can see outside a window if it were opened or closed, but the author felt the need to state the window was open. This signifies the opportunities Louise sees for her life now. She is not “closed” in anymore, and opportunities she has are endless. She can do anything she wants now and is taking in all the great things of life, like the nature outside.
I found the end of the story a little bizarre because Louise seemed to be happy to be newly widowed but her husband actually comes back, unharmed. Everything Louise was just thrilled about came to a crashing halt, and she eventually dies because of it.
One thing that I noticed when reading the end of Frankenstein was where the story finished. The Arctic. With nature being an important theme throughout the book, they end up in a cold, plain and harsh landscape. A place that no one fantasizes about, wants to visit or call home. I guess this makes sense though…
For starters, and obvious reasons, it’s where the book started so this location brought it full circle. But also, it resembles the change in Victor. At the end of the book Victor is so obsessed with finding the monster he becomes as cold and ruthless as the frozen environment that the monster has lead him to. This obsession is instilled in Victor because he has no social life or social connection to friends. The monster does this to victor by killing William, Justine, Henry and, finally, Elizabeth. It almost seemed like the monster wanted to make Victor feel as lonely as he was. He wanted Victor to know how he felt.
And as far as I’m concerned, there aren’t many places lonelier than the Arctic. But in Victor’s mind, he was blinded by the inspiration of nature; he was just after the monster. He had tunnel vision. I think that Victor could have been in the arctic or back in Geneva chasing the monster, and wouldn’t pay attention or appreciate the different environments. The creation of the monster and all the time Victor spent dealing with and thinking of it eventually drained his sense of inspiration, family and self control.
We have talked about two movements in class thus far and I feel it is necessary to explore both and compare them. In class we listed what ideals the Romantics believed in. They believed that every person was naturally good, but were corrupted by society. They saw society as taking man away from its natural state. After doing some research online and looking through class notes, I found that this ideal goes exactly against what Enlightenment thinkers believed in.
The Enlightenment was the age of reason. They believed that modes of authority and wisdom was found with age and experience in society. Romantic ideals were an opposite reaction to this thought process. They valued youth and innocence and felt that this could all be found within the individual. As I said before, Romantics believed that society was turning man away from trying to understand their own human nature. The valued strong emotion and the use of imagination. Our poetry in class clearly depicts their love of expressing emotion. That is why when we have been describing the Romantics in class, their poetry has always ended up in the conversation. Their poetry expressed their joy and emotion about life. When we talk about the Enlightenment, we talk about philosophy. These thinkers put intelligence and intellect ahead of everything in order to explain the understandings of humans. Their thinking was set on limits and order. Man was to operate within its proper boundaries. Romantics did not believe in limits and they attempted to go beyond the ordinary reality that Enlightenment thinkers saw, and understand the deeper meanings of human nature.
In the beginning of Frankenstein, I thought it was interesting how Robert Walton wrote his letters. He was on a ship in the middle of the Arctic. He repeatedly says how he had no true friends until he met Victor. He was alone with his thoughts and his letters clearly show that. When someone is alone with their thoughts I feel it wasn’t hard back then to be a Romantic thinker. You are away from the norms of society and have nothing but yourself to explore.
Nature vs. Nurture.
When it comes to nature vs. nurture, the romantics believed that nature was great, they believed it was the good of good and evil. They also thought that creativity was spawned from nature. According to dictionary.com, nature means the material world, especially as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities. Nurture means to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development, according to dictionary.com.
The romantics also stated that everyone is naturally good but corrupted by society. I think that good is not only your surroundings, but also how you were raised. If we are raised as good people with good values, we can turn out to be good people. I do agree that society can make us into bad people though. However, when it comes to nature, it is survival of the fittest. If humans were just like every other animal in nature, we would be killing and hunting for food and humans could be just as violent as any other animal. Nature is not always good when it comes to instinct.
We need more than just nature in the modern age. The human advancements allow more people to live in this world and live in peace for the most part. It is important to incorporate both nature and nurture in our lives. The romantics believed that nature was the good and nurture was the bad. I believe that every good has its evil and every evil has its good and that we get more out of the combination of the two.