lunes, 29 de octubre de 2007

Group 5 Analysis

Enjoy this summary:
The scientists who are unconcerned by the potential consequences about working, for example Lamarck thought that he was in the correct idea about the evolution of the world. Perhaps he was interested in the natural selection so he hasn’t had a concrete ideology of his idea.
At the elections you can select person behaviour like the personality of Lopez Murphy Ricardo or Lavagna Roberto. They are two men running for president. The men have a smart opinion of the country. Argentina’s inhabitants are thinking so badly of their country, but we have to avoid that opinion.
We can continue with Frankenstein’s story.
Victor Frankenstein is a young Swedish scientific who is interested in mystery stories and creates body parts taken from recently dead people. Then Victor gives life to the body and intents the creature to be beautiful but he finds it a monster and runs out of the lab in terror. He thinks the nightmare wasn’t there, but he was wrong. In my opinion Victor was wrong because his fantasy took really when he was a monster. When you are felling the nightmare it can disturbed your mind and mixing the fantasy with the real life.


http://frankenstein.monstrous.com/frankenstein_story.htm

GROUP 1 :

Biography

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Somers Town, in London, in 1797. She was the second daughter of famed feminist, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft.

Her father was left with the responsibility of safeguarding Mary and her older half-sister, Fanny Imlay. He soon fell in love with her and married her, although his friends did not approve of the match. She also disliked the amount of attention that Mary, as the daughter of the two most famous radicals of the time, received from visitors to the Godwin household. She made Mary do many of the household chores, invaded her privacy, and restricted her access to her father. At the same time, Godwin allowed her to listen to the conversations he had with many of the leading intellectuals and poets of the day. They were the eyry of freedom, and the pleasant region where unheeded I could commune with the creatures of my fancy. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, on the bleak sides of the woodless mountains near, that my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered.
Mary died on 1 february 1851, at 53 years old in London

sábado, 27 de octubre de 2007

Opinion about the play: Florencia Herbstein 2°M

First, I really enjoyed the play, I laughed a lot and it was very amusing. It seems to me that the central objective was to entertain the children in order to they didn't get bored and to teach something to them.
At first, I didn't like the idea of a "continuation" of the Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I thought that it'd better to see the "real" story that preservs the original spirit of Shelley. But, in my opinion the continuation was a kind of an infantile version of the original that was done to "catch" some of the basic "teachings" that the writer wanted to put in her story and more that Shelley didn't mentioned like "laugh at your fears".
The songs were excellent. My favourite was "The secret to life", I really like the rhythm!
That was only my opinion

jueves, 25 de octubre de 2007

Opinion about the play by Guillermo Mosse of 2°G

Well, I think that the play was excellent. I liked it very much (I love comedies!) and I enjoyed the huge difference between this story and the original one; this one is like a parody because it's more modern... with Igor falling in love of Miss Blotcher, and the coquette Elizabeth, the mistery of the word "laboratory" (the strange and strong sound), the apparition of Homero Simpson!! And the salesman of body parts.
Also I liked all the songs. The best one for me was the last one: laugh at your fears, with the monster singing!

Did you like the play?

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We watched, sang along and laughed with the actors.

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miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2007

Group 4: Setting and Characters



CHARACTERS
Victor Frankenstein: He is the main protagonist, a scientist. He creates a creature, a monster, which horrifies him.
The Monster: Tries to fit in society, but he feels abandoned because of his appearance and decides to get a revenge on his creator.
Elizabeth Lavenza: She is an orphan adopted by the Frankenstein family. She is Victor’s fiancée, murdered in the end by the monster.William Frankenstein: He is Victor’s youngest brother and the favorite of the Frankenstein family. The monster kills him as part of his revenge, in order to hurt Victor’s feelings.
Justine Moritz: She is a maid, taken while Victor was growing up. She is accused and then executed for William’s murder, which was committed by the monster instead.
Beaufort: Friend of Victor’s father, he is a merchant. Caroline’s father.
Caroline Beaufort: When his father dies, he marries Victor’s father. Later, she gets scarlet fever and dies because of it.
Peasants: A family of peasants. The monster observes him and learns how to speak. He starts to send them some gifts, to start a friendship, but when he reveals himself they reject him totally and increase his need to take a revenge on a society so superficial and discriminating.
M. Waldman: The professor of chemistry who introduces Victor into science. He doesn’t accept his conclusion but gets along well with Victor.
M. Krempe: A professor of natural philosophy who encourages him to begin his studies anew.
Where the story take place
The story starts in Ingolstadt (Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory), Geneva (Dr. Frankenstein’s homeland), then in continue in the mountain (where Dr. Frankenstein talks to his creation). Later, Victor goes to a Scotland island (where he is supposed to create a partner to Frankenstein) and he dies in the Artic (in a boat).
When the story happens
Mary Shelley rewrote the complete story in 1831, but the book was publicated in 1818, when she had thought the story. So, the story is developed in eighteenth century.
Clothes for women: long dresses with a lot of ornaments.
Clothes for men: dark costume with the same color for the tie.
Communication: They used to use letters, because it was a common between those years.
Transport: In those days they used carts, boats, wheelbarrows, etc.
Building: The castles were very dark and gothic and really huge.








grupo6

Title: Frankenstein Year: 1931
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYCnNb5Iyak

Title: Frankenstein Created Woman Year: 1966
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0EQG3UMubs

Title: The Curse of Frankenstein Year: 1957
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTaj3rLPd68

The most succesful films of Frankestein were Frankenstein (In 1931, Universal acquired the rights to a companion piece, Peggy Webling’s 1927 British play, Frankenstein: An Experiment in the Macabre, adapted for the American stage in 1931 by Hamilton Deane. After the success of Dracula with director Tod Browning and featuring new star Bela Lugosi, Carl Laemmle Jr., Universal Studios production chief, offered Whale his choice of some 30 Universal properties. Whale picked Frankenstein.
Casting the Monster was a challenge. In the developing screenplay he would remain mute, but he would be a complex person. They needed an actor of subtlety and range. Whale’s romantic partner, David Lewis (a film producer), suggested that Whale test an obscure but experienced character actor named William Henry Pratt, who went by the stage name Boris Karloff.
On meeting the 43-year-old actor, Whale was fascinated by his face and “penetrating personality.” The key to Whale and Karloff’s shared vision is that the Monster is a oversized newborn child, his lurching, loose-armed walk that of a toddler struggling to keep his balance.
Frankenstein was a run-away success, bigger than Dracula. Karloff became a superstar, and horror films grew from an occasional oddity to a full-fledged film genre, particularly at Universal.)The Hammer Frankensteins differ from the Universals in their lush color, their convincing 19th century costumes, and their fascination with body parts, living (female) and dead (male). Fisher's films form a sequence in their own right (only two of the Hammer Frankenstein films -- The Evil of Frankenstein, 1964, and The Horror of Frankenstein, 1970 -- were not directed by Fisher, and the latter was the only one that did not star Cushing). The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), Frankenstein Created Woman (1966), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) can be seen as extrapolation of Shelley's Frankenstein.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), ensured Hammer's future and was a landmark in the modern horror film history. Christopher Lee plays “The Creature” as a patchwork, brain-damaged man who moves like a broken puppet. The original Creature was pretty thoroughly destroyed in that first film; subsequently the focus of the Hammer series would be on Victor Frankenstein, superbly played by Peter Cushing. The films trace Frankenstein's ongoing experiments into re-animation and brain transplantation. The latter has become a murderous and increasingly monstrous rationalist.

Parodies of frankestein
“Young Frankenstein " is a parody of the famous book and of the movie led by Boris Karlof.
The movie is in black and white.

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/55978/Young-Frankenstein/trailers

integrantes: Romina, Andres, Melanie y Cindy
de las diviciones "a" y "b"

martes, 23 de octubre de 2007

group 3 (Martina Schvarzstein, Nicole Aizenberg, Nicholas Damiko and Lautaro Benito)

After being rescued from near death, Victor Frankenstein tells Robert Walton the story of his growing up in a warm Swiss family and his fascination with studying how life was formed. He was an amateur scientist who created a "perfect" human from spare body parts - only to have his plan backfire when the monster turned out to be extremely ugly and frightening.After observing a family living in a small cottage, monster Frankenstein had the courage to look for an invitation before getting rejected again. He looked for revenge of the person who created him.During his trip back to Geneva, Switzerland - the monster met Frankenstein’s younger brother and killed him for revenge. After his brother’s death, Frankenstein went back to Geneva and found the monster canvassing the same woods his brother was last seen, coming to the realization the monster was responsible for this brutal act. After a short trip to the mountains, the monster caught up to Frankenstein and ordered him to create a female monster from scratch for companionship. After agreeing, he scaped to England to start and scrapped the project , citing the possibility of more confusion. Knowing his days were numbered after Henry Clerval’s murder, he married his cousin Elizabeth only to find his new wife killed by the monster later.After paying a visit to the cemetery to meet with his fallen family members, Victor realizes that his life’s goal from that point forward was to hunt down the monster and kill him. Before, Victor already determines his fate and goes ahead with his wedding day, knowing the monster would catch up to him. Now, he planned to kill the monster to save humanity from his threat. Victor followed him all over Europe and the North Pole, where he temporarily loses track of the monster through a crack in the ice where he also meets Robert Walton and his crew. Ambitious, Victor gives a lecture on how glory was his weakness and the dangers of being too ambitious, citing "tranquility" as one of life’s goals.

Group 4: Setting and characters (Ariana, Michelle, Martina and Tali)

The narration is developed in the eighteenth century and takes place primarily at three locations: at Geneva (homeland of Dr. Frankenstein), in university and almost always in different forests and mountains, all isolated and dark places.

The constructions in the eighteenth century were glum, dark buildings.
Art has a neoclasic or rococo stile.
In this time people communicated by letters.
And the transport were wheelbarrows, horses, carts, boat, an all the middle ages common transports.
























Characters:

Víctor Frankenstein:
The doctor Frankenstein carácter does very big changes during the story. At the beginning, when he creates the monster, is a boy who loves books and has a very good heart. When the years pass, his character is more close, until he creates the monster, when he discover what is happening to him. There he knows he needs his family help. Sometimes he feel a bit guilty, cause he let his “boy”, but there he remembers his aspect and think he did something good.

The monster Frankenstein:
He was create by doctor Frankenstein with human parts. The monster is like a naive, good, child. When he goes to the street all the people attak him, he don´t knows the reason and escapes to the forest.
When he see people, feel the necessity to learn to write and talk to like a “normal” person. He get his purpose, but the people get scrary from him. There he knows tha is a monster. At these moment he thinks on doctor Victor Frankenstein, and gets full of hate. There is when he think that if Victor created him, he had to breed anf love him like a son. They are the reasons cause he want a vengeance and hopes that his “father” feel alone.

Alphonse Frankenstein:
Victor’s father. Alphonse consoles Victor in moments of pain and encourages him to remember the importance of family.

Henry Clerval:
He has a very good relation with Victor, he is like his brother.
After working for his father, Henry begins to be a scientist, like his friend, Victor. He is very cheerful.

Elizabeth Lavenza:
She is an orphan, four or five years younger than Victor, who was adopt by the Frankenstein family. She has a love relation with Frankenstein.

William Frankenstein:
He is Victor’s youngest brother and the darling of the Frankenstein family. The monster strangles William in the woods outside Geneva, because he want to hurt his “father”.

Justine Moritz:
A young girl adopted by Victor´s family, while he is growing up. They have a very strong friendship. Justine is blamed William’s murder.

Caroline Beaufort:
The daughter of Beaufort. After her father’s death, Caroline is taken Alphonse Frankenstein. Ater she marries him. She dies of scarlet fever, which she contracts from Elizabeth.

Beaufort:
He is Caroline Beaufort´s father and friend of Victor’s father.

Mr. Kirwin:
He is the magistrate who accuses doctor Frankenstein of Henry Clerval´ s murder.

M. Krempe:

A professor of natural philosophy at Ingolstadt. He dismisses Victor’s study and encourages him to begin his studies anew.

Robert Walton:
His letter open and close Frankenstein. He help doctor Frankenstein and hears his story. He records the incredible tale in a series of letters that he send to his siter,Margaret Saville.

Peasants:
A family of peasants: A old man, De Lacey; his son, Felix; his daughter Agatha and a foreign woman, Safie. The monster learns how to speak and interact by observing them, but they don´t love him.

M. Waldman:
The professor of chemistry who does that Victor get interest in science.

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lunes, 22 de octubre de 2007

Group 4: Andres Soibelzon

Frankenstein was about a doctor called Victor that was interested in the secrets of the sky and the earth. He was born in Switzerland and study in Ingolstadt, Germany. He was also interested in the "mysterious soul of the men". Victor create a body with many parts of cadavers, and the experiments concluded when the creature wake up and have life. Victor knows about the creature he had made and run away from his laboratory. When he returned to his laboratory the monster was not there. The monster tryed to establish a relation with people but he was rejected because of his appearence and he was full of hate and miserable.
Victor returned to Switzerland to rest with his family and think about what he has made.
Then he decided to go to the mountains. Near MontBlanc he met with the monster. Then the monster told him how he learns to speak watching a family secretly, and he asks Victor for a partner for him because he was too alone. Victor accepts the request and in an island in Scotland he decided to establish a new laboratory. He was finishing his experiment but before he gives life to the creature he decided to kill it. Frankenstein saw this and swears take revenge.
He was going to take revenge killing his best friend and his wife Elizabeth.
Victor follows the creature and he died in a ship.
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We are meeting on Wednesday 24th for our "Class Debate". Be ready to talk about your topic and read some of the articles, especially the plot, so that you`re aquainted with the story.

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Group 6:Film Versions, by Dominique Panczuch and Sofía Podjarny


Frankenstein is a 1931 science fiction film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and very loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.It was released the 21st of November in 1931 (USA).The film stars Colin Clive, Dwight Frye, Edward van Sloan, and Boris Karloff. The film also features Mae Clarke and John Boles.
The film's name was derived from the mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), who experimentally creates an artificial life - an Unnamed Monster (Boris Karloff), that ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker's assistant Fritz and society as a whole. The film's most famous scene is the one in which Frankenstein befriends a young girl named Maria at a lake's edge, and mistakenly throws her into the water (and drowns her) along with other flowers.



In addition to this film, dozens of other adaptations have been made of the Frankenstein horror story (and lots of other variations such as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965), Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) (shot in the same castle and with the same props and lab equipment as the original film), and Frankenhooker (1990).


There was also another film made before the edition from 1931 that was, that was the first one made, in 1910 by Edison Studios that was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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domingo, 21 de octubre de 2007

Group 2: Background. Written by: Maia Wasserman, Julieta Kompel, Ivana Slipakoff and Julieta Herstic

Frankenstein is a Gothic fiction, a genre of literature that combines elements of horror and romance.
Terror, mystery, the
supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses, Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets and hereditary curses are some of the components that appear on gothic features.
It includes:
Anti-Catholicism, especially criticism of Roman Catholic excesses. And the stock characters of Gothic fiction include tyrants, villains, bandits, maniacs, Byronic heroes, persecuted maidens, femmes fatales, madwomen, magicians, vampires, werewolves, monsters, demons, revenants, ghosts, perambulating skeletons, the Wandering Jew and the Devil himself.
Frankenstein was written in 1818 by the 19 years old woman
Mary Shelley. She and her stepsister used to run off to continental Europe several times. In 1816, they go abroad again, this time spending time with Byron and his friend Polidori in Geneva. Once there, Byron suggested to all of then to write a ghost story. Mary wrote Frankenstein, the only story of the four that was ever to be published as a novel.
It was first published anonymously in
London, but it was then known in the third edition of 1831 under her own name.
Frankenstein was the first novel in English to deal with the possibility that science will create a monster that can destroy science, and possibly mankind.


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_novel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein


By: Maia Wasserman, Julieta Kompel, Ivana Slipakoff and Julieta Herstic

Group 1: Biography (Magali Tyszberowicz, Eliana Tujschinaider, Julian Micheles, Julian Hilale)


Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, best known as Mary Shelley, was born in Somers Town, London, in 1797. She was the second daughter of the political theorist, William Godwin, and the feminist educator, Mary Wollstonecraft, who died ten days after Mary was born. In 1801, William married Mary Jane Clairmont, who was cruel, and didn’t like her step-daughters. Mary’s father gave her permission to visit his library, which encouraged her to write her first poem "Mounseer Nongtongpaw", published when she was just eleven. In 1812, she met Percy Shelley, who was unhappily married to Harriet. They met again in 1814, and escaped to France, because there parents disapproved them. Percy was very self-centred, and paid more attention to Mary’s step-sister than he did to her. In February 1815, she gave birth to Clara, who died in March, and in January 1816, to William. That year, they travelled to Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, where one afternoon, Mary and some friends had a ghost-story writing contest. She didn’t have any ideas, but she heard the other stories, and that’s why one night, she had a walking dream that inspired her to write “Frankenstein”. In December 1816, after Harriet’s suicide, Mary and Percy got married, with their parent approval, and in 1817, she finished writing Frankenstein. Later that year, she gave birth to Clara, and one of her books was published anonymously. In 1818, Frankenstein was published. They moved to Italy, where Clara and William died, and Percy Florence was born. In 1822, Percy Shelley died, and in 1851, Mary died in London.

Sources:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley

www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/chronology.html

Written by: Magalí Tyszberowicz, Eliana Tujschinaider, Julián Micheles, Julián Hilale (2ºJ)

viernes, 19 de octubre de 2007

Frankenstein(the plot) Por el Grupo 3

Here is the summary of the Marey Shelley´s Frankenstein:

After being rescued from near death, Victor Frankenstein tells Robert Walton the story of his upbringing in a warm Swiss family and his fascination with studying how life was formed. He was an avid, amateur scientist who created a "perfect" human from spare body parts - only to have his plan backfire when the monster turned out to be extremely hideous and unappealing. During a brief study and recovery period with Henry Clerval, his closest friend, Frankenstein’s monster navigated the social scene for human friendship and was turned down again and again. After observing a family living in a small cottage, monster Frankenstein mustered the courage to seek an invite before getting rejected again. The last straw, he ventured out to seek revenge on the person who created him.

During his trip back to Geneva, Switzerland - the monster met Frankenstein’s younger brother and killed him for revenge. After his brother’s death, Frankenstein went back to Geneva and found the monster canvassing the same woods his brother was last seen, coming to the realization the monster was responsible for this brutal act. After a short trip to the mountains, the monster caught up to Frankenstein and ordered him to create a female monster from scratch for companionship. After agreeing, he fled to England to start and scrapped the project midway, citing the possibility of further disarray. Knowing his days were numbered after Henry Clerval’s murder, he hastily married his cousin Elizabeth only to find his new wife killed by the monster later.

After paying a visit to the cemetery to meet with his fallen family members, Victor realizes that his life’s goal from that point forward was to hunt down the monster and kill him. Prior, Victor already determines his fate and goes ahead with his wedding day, knowing the monster would catch up to him. Now, he sought to kill the monster to save humanity from his menace. Victor chases after him throughout Europe and the North Pole, where he temporarily loses track of the monster through a crack in the ice where he also meets Robert Walton and his crew. Ambitious, Victor gives a thorough lecture on how chasing glory was his Achilles heel and the dangerous of being too ambitious, citing "tranquility" as one of life’s goals.

Group 2: The background

Mary Shelley wrote, when she was nineteen, “Frankenstein”, one of the most famous gothic novels of the times. However when this book was published for fist time (1817), it wasn’t published bay no name; but fourteen years later appeared the third edition, by Mary’s name. it was de first time that Mary Shelly appeared as the Frankenstein’s author.
The general idea about this story is that there is a scientist who wants to give life to a man that was made by parts of seven men.
[
If you don’t know what “gothic” means, here is its definition: Gothic is a strange genre of literature that combines two elements, horror and romance.
Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror (psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, secrets and curses.
]
With the passing of the years the novel, become famous; so much that in 1931 appeared the film.








Bibliography: about
- The author:
http://education.yahoo.com/homework_help/cliffsnotes/frankenstein/1.html
- The kind of the novel and its characteristics:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_novel
- Video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EYCnNb5Iyak

written by: Ari.t - Joni.m - Joni.h - David.k - Alan.s

Group 2: Background

Frankenstein is a gothic fiction novel.

A gothic fiction is a genre that combines horror and romances. The effect of Gothic fiction depends on a pleasing sort of terror and an extension of essentially Romantic literary.
Features of Gothic fiction include terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets and hereditary curses.

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel. It was written by Mary Shelley at the age of 19. It was published anonymous, but in 1831 a new edition was under her own name. The title refers to a scientist who learns how to create a monster with body parts taken from the dead people. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to Frankenstein's monster as "Frankenstein" (the name of the doctor who creates it). It was a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and industrial revolution.


Ioni Stamati 2º c and Ariel Zylber 2ºe

jueves, 18 de octubre de 2007

Group 6: Frankenstein film version

This film version was filmed in 1910 by J. Searle Dawley.

This 16-minute tape is the first adaptation to the screen of the characters in the novel by Mary Shelley and was produced by Thomas Alva Edison. The film was shot in silent film and camera set at general level throughout their duration.

It premiered on March 18 of that same year and was a free adaptation of the novel.

The principal actors in this film are:

Augustus Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein

Mary Fuller as Elizabeth

Charles Ogle as Frankenstein the monster










This film version was filmed in 1931, produced by James Whale.

The director made the second part of the film in 1935 entitled The Bride of Frankenstein.

The principal actors in this film are:

Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein

Mae Clarke as Elizabeth

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein the monster











This film version was filmed in 1957, produced by Hammer Productions and it was directed by Terence Fisher.

The principal actors in this film are:

Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee








This film was filmed in 1994, directed by Kenneth Branagh

The principal actors in this film are:

Robert De Niro as Frankenstein the monster

Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Frankenstein

Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth







By Stephanie Pragier

Ailin Elgart

2º M

Group 5: Analysis




This statement means that sometimes scientists don't care about the consequences of their work.


This is an example of what happens in Frankenstein's book.

Victor Frankenstein is a young Swedish scientist who is interested in the mysteries of life and death and creates a man using body parts taken from recently dead people.

Then, Victor gives life to the body and intents the creature to be beautiful but he finds it a monster and runs out of the lab in terror. When he goes back, he doesn’t find the monster so he thinks the nightmare has finished. However, he is wrong.

Here, we can see his irresponsable act because he creats a monster by mistake, doesn't try to fix the problem, instead he runs away and doesn't worry about the things it can do. In our opinion, Victor didn't have the right to do what he did: create life in a man.

The learning about all of this is that anybody can't do what he or she wants before thinking if it is correct or not.

Other similar behaviour is shown in Jurassic Park's novel in which a group of scientists cloned dinosaurs using their DNA. A lot of them escape from their jailes and produce horror meetings between the park's staff and the visitants who are still staying in the park and some deads too.

This is a case of biological tinkering that ends in a very bad way, so this demonstrates the man don't have to modify the nature.



Written by Sofía Fajntich and Paula Goñi




Group 4 : Setting and Characters (Brian Horowicz, Daniel Yufe y Matías Safranchik, 2º L)

Victor Frankenstein - The doomed protagonist and narrator of the main portion of the story. Studying in Ingolstadt, Victor discovers the secret of life and creates an intelligent but grotesque monster, from whom he recoils in horror. Victor keeps his creation of the monster a secret, feeling increasingly guilty and ashamed as he realizes how helpless he is to prevent the monster from ruining his life and the lives of others. Victor Frankenstein (In-Depth Analysis) The monster - The eight-foot-tall, hideously ugly creation of Victor Frankenstein. Intelligent and sensitive, the monster attempts to integrate himself into human social patterns, but all who see him shun him. His feeling of abandonment compels him to seek revenge against his creator.
The Monster - Robert Walton - The Arctic seafarer whose letters open and close Frankenstein. Walton picks the bedraggled Victor Frankenstein up off the ice, helps nurse him back to health, and hears Victor’s story. He records the incredible tale in a series of letters addressed to his sister, Margaret Saville, in England. Robert Walton - Alphonse Frankenstein - Victor’s father, very sympathetic toward his son. Alphonse consoles Victor in moments of pain and encourages him to remember the importance of family.
Elizabeth Lavenza - An orphan, four to five years younger than Victor, whom the Frankensteins adopt. In the 1818 edition of the novel, Elizabeth is Victor’s cousin, the child of Alphonse Frankenstein’s sister. In the 1831 edition, Victor’s mother rescues Elizabeth from a destitute peasant cottage in Italy. Elizabeth embodies the novel’s motif of passive women, as she waits patiently for Victor’s attention.
Henry Clerval - Victor’s boyhood friend, who nurses Victor back to health in Ingolstadt. After working unhappily for his father, Henry begins to follow in Victor’s footsteps as a scientist. His cheerfulness counters Victor’s moroseness.
William Frankenstein - Victor’s youngest brother and the darling of the Frankenstein family. The monster strangles William in the woods outside Geneva in order to hurt Victor for abandoning him. William’s death deeply saddens Victor and burdens him with tremendous guilt about having created the monster.
Justine Moritz - A young girl adopted into the Frankenstein household while Victor is growing up. Justine is blamed and executed for William’s murder, which is actually committed by the monster.
Caroline Beaufort - The daughter of Beaufort. After her father’s death, Caroline is taken in by, and later marries, Alphonse Frankenstein. She dies of scarlet fever, which she contracts from Elizabeth, just before Victor leaves for Ingolstadt at age seventeen.
Beaufort - A merchant and friend of Victor’s father; the father of -Caroline Beaufort.
Peasants - A family of peasants, including a blind old man, De Lacey; his son and daughter, Felix and Agatha; and a foreign woman named Safie. The monster learns how to speak and interact by observing them. When he reveals himself to them, hoping for friendship, they beat him and chase him away.
M. Waldman - The professor of chemistry who sparks Victor’s interest in science. He dismisses the alchemists’ conclusions as unfounded but sympathizes with Victor’s interest in a science that can explain the “big questions”, such as the origin of life.
M. Krempe - A professor of natural philosophy at Ingolstadt. He dismisses Victor’s study of the alchemists as wasted time and encourages him to begin his studies anew.
Mr. Kirwin - The magistrate who accuses Victor of Henry’s murder.

Setting:
The place: Geneva (Victor's home)
The time: 18 century, we can't say the exactly year because in the letters the characters send each other there is no date, month or year.

Group 4 : Setting and Characters (Melisa and Dalia)

Characters:
Alphonse Frankenstein - Victor’s father, very sympathetic toward his son. Alphonse consoles Victor in moments of pain and encourages him to remember the importance of family.
Elizabeth Lavenza - An orphan, four to five years younger than Victor, whom the Frankenstein’s adopt. In the 1818 edition of the novel, Elizabeth is Victor’s cousin, the child of Alphonse Frankenstein’s sister.
Henry Clerval - Victor’s boyhood friend, who nurses Victor back to health in Ingolstadt. After working unhappily for his father, Henry begins to follow in Victor’s footsteps as a scientist.
William Frankenstein - Victor’s youngest brother and the darling of the Frankenstein family. The monster strangles William in the woods outside Geneva in order to hurt Victor for abandoning him.
Justine Moritz - A young girl adopted into the Frankenstein household while Victor is growing up. Justine is blamed and executed for William’s murder, which is actually committed by the monster.
Caroline Beaufort- She dies of scarlet fever, which she contracts from Elizabeth, just before Victor leaves for Ingolstadt at age seventeen.

Where the story happens
The story happens at three locations: at Geneva (homeland of Dr. Frankenstein), in college and almost always in different forests and mountains, all spots isolated from the people and most gloomy often.
When the story happens:
The book begins with the letters of his sister Walton telling about his trip. This trip takes roughly three months, but we can not realize because no dates on the letters it sends. The story is developed in the eighteenth century, which affects quite in history and allows us to deduce some things like….

Clothes:
For women: long dresses with a lot of ornaments.
For men: dark costume with the same color for the tie.
Communication: They used to use letters, because it was a common between those years.
Transport: In those days they used carts, boats, wheelbarrows, etc.
Buildings: The castles were very dark and gothic and really huge.

Group 6: Frankenstein´s movies (Tony, Hernán y Nico)

Frankenstein (1931 film)

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Directed by
James Whale
Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Written by
Mary Shelley (novel)Peggy Webling (play)John L. Balderston, Francis Edward, Faragoh and Garrett Fort
Starring
Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan and Mae Clarke
Cinematography
Arthur Edeson
Editing by
Clarence Kolster and Maurice Pivar
Distributed by
Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
November 21, 1931
Running time 71 min.
Country
USA
Language
English
Budget $291,000 US (est.)
Followed by
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)



Bride of Frankenstein
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Directed by James Whale
Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.
Written by William Hurlbut (screenplay and adaptation) and John L. Balderston (adaptation) and Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein
Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester and Reginald Barlow
Music by Franz Waxman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 22, 1935 (U.S. premiere)
Running time 75 min
Language English
Preceded by Frankenstein (1931)
Followed by Son of Frankenstein (1939)


Son of Frankenstein

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Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Produced by Rowland V. Lee
Written by Mary Shelley (novel)Wyllis Cooper (screenplay)
Starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi and Lionel Atwill
Music by Frank Skinner
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) January 13, 1939
Running time 99 min
Language English
Preceded by Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Followed by The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)



The Ghost of Frankenstein

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Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Produced by George Waggner
Written by Scott Darling and Eric Taylor
Starring Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi and Evelyn Ankers
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 13, 1942
Running time 67 min
Language English
Preceded by Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Followed by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)



Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man

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Directed by Roy William Neill
Produced by George Waggner
Written by Curt Siodmak
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.,Ilona Massey,Patric Knowles,Lionel Atwill,Bela Lugosi and Maria Ouspenskaya
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 5, 1943 U.S. release
Language English
Preceded by Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Followed by House of Frankenstein (1944)



House of Frankenstein

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Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Produced by Paul Malvern
Written by Curt Siodmak (story) and Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Starring Boris Karloff,J. Carrol Naish,Lon Chaney Jr.,John Carradine and Anne Gwynne
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 1, 1944 (U.S. release)
Running time 71 min
Language English
Preceded by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Followed by House of Dracula (1945)




Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein

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Directed by Charles Barton
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by Robert Lees,Frederic I. Rinaldo and John Grant
Starring Bud Abbott,Lou Costello,Lon Chaney Jr.,Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange
Music by Frank Skinner
Editing by Frank Gross
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 15, 1948 (U.S. release)
Running time 83 min.
Language English
Budget $760,000

The end!
by Tony, Hernàn and Nico


























Group 1: Jazmin Pieczanski and Emilia Esper (2°G)

Mary Shelley:


.Frankenstein’s author was Mary Shelley; she was born in Somers Town, in London, in 1797. She was the daughter of famed feminist, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft and a famous anarchist philosopher, novelist, journalist, and atheist dissenter William Godwin. Her mother died ten days after Mary was born as a result of puerperal fever. It didn’t past too much time before Mary’s father married again. The name of his new wife was Jane Clairmont. Mary had a very good education, which was not normal in those times, although Jane intervened in Mary’s education. She was encouraged to write stories, and one of her early works, “Mounseer Nongtopaw” was published by Godwin’s company.
.On a visit to her home, in 1812, Mary met Percy Bysshe Shelley, a political radical and free-thinker, like her father. He was married with Harriet, but he was not happy with his marriage. By 1814 Percy Shelley was paying frequent visits to Godwin, and had struck up a friendship with his daughter, Mary. In the summer of 1814, Mary and Percy fell in love but unfortunately for them, William Godwin discovered their relationship, and forbade them to see each other again. Mary initially tried to do what her father wished, but, after Percy threatened to commit suicide if he could not be with her, she realized that she needed to pursue their relationship. As a result, on 18 July 1814 Mary and Percy escaped to France with Mary's stepsister, Jane Clairmont.
.Mary, Percy and Jane, traveled to the lake Ginera, to share a summer with the Lord Byron, who had a romance with Jane. They met a group of intellectuals and poets, but they were obligated to stay in the house, because of the bad whether. So they did a competition of horror histories, but Mary couldn’t invent one. But that night she had a dream with a pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together; so then she decided to write the history.
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10 December, Percy's first wife, Harriet, drowned herself in London's Hyde Park, so On 30 December 1816, shortly after Harriet's death, Percy and Mary were married at St Mildred's Church in London, now with Godwin's blessing. In the spring of 1817, Mary finished Frankenstein.
.Shelley moved his ménage from place to place, first in England and then in Italy. Mary suffered the death of her infant daughter Clara outside
Venice, after which her young son Will died too, in Rome, as Percy moved the household yet again. The birth of her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley, consoled her somewhat for her losses. Percy Bysshe Shelley died drowned at sea on 8 July 1822, aged 29, and she died on 1 February 1851 at Chester square in London, England.

Family tree:
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Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley

Emilia Esper and Jazmín Pieczanski.

miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2007

Group 2: The background

Frankestein is a novel written by Mary Shelley. She wrote this when she was 19 years old, in 1818. It first published anonymously in London. However, the third edition (in 1831) was published under Mary Shelley’s name.

The novel tell us that a scientist called Frankestein wants to give life to a monster with human bodies parts, taken from dead people.

Frankenstein is gothic novel. To the people who don’t know what is a gothic novel, there is some information here: A gothic novel is an important genre of literature that combines elements of horror and romance. As a genre, it’s generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole in 1764. The effect of Gothic fiction depends on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of essentially romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel.
Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror, mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets and hereditary curses.
The stock characters of Gothic fiction include tyrants, villains, bandits, maniacs, Byronic heroes, persecuted maidens, femmes fatales, madwomen, magicians, vampires, werewolves, monsters, demons, revenants, ghosts, perambulating skeletons, the Wandering Jew and the Devil.

This novel was against the modern revolution (industrial revolution). We know this because it has a subtitle: Modern Prometheus. This story has had an influence in the literature and developed a fantastic genre of horror in the films and stories.

Written by Daniel Levita and Carolina Matzkin

Group 5: Analysis, Johanna Gueler y Florencia Herbstein

We think that this might help
The doctor Frankenstein did not care about the product of his work like an irresponsible man
with no manners and no worry about the others who can suffer because of the consequences of the work but we must understand that the ambition, the narcissism and the selfishness can causes that a man forget all, that become something cold, without feelings, something like a monster...
We think that the book tries to show that there is a kind of people who, in one second, can become someone very different because of the excitement of a wish that they want to do or something that they' d want to prove. Or maybe the book tries to show that sometimes we all forget everything and only concentrate in our selfish things.
In the history there were a lot of events that scientists were so unworried about the consequences of their work. For example, the scientists who "invented" the atomic bomb, that weren't worried about the million of lives that their work could destroy. Also invents that should not be invented because of all the damage that they make in the present. When scientists invented things like guns or drugs commercialized, those people only wanted to show the amazing things that they could make, very dangerous things, but still amazing. They wanted to become rich, with a lot of prestige. Scientists are not perfect. Their minds can be amazingly intelligent, but they still need a bit of conscience.
Johanna Gueler y Florencia Herbstein

Group 5: Analysis (Andrea Epelbaum, Natasha Mendeluk y Jessica Zilberman)

In the story we can see how Victor, a scientist, rebels against the laws of nature and is punished by his own creation. Through this event, we learn that sometimes the application of science can lead to unintended consequences like in this case where the creature becomes a murderer against its creator´s intention.
In our opinion this story can be considered as a mere science fiction novel where many strange events take place. However when you come to think of it you realize that in some way it could be considered a criticism of scientists because scientists generally get so involved in their discoveries or inventions that they forget or ignore the dangers their new creations may cause.

An example of this may be Albert Einstein , one of the world´s most famous scientists, who created the mathematical formula explaining that matter can be changed to energy. He thought that this discovery would contribute to help the humanity. However scientists used Einstein's famous equation as the key to unlock atomic energy and also create atomic bombs.



Andrea Epelbaum, Natasha Mendeluk y Jessica Zilberman

martes, 16 de octubre de 2007

Group 2 - Background information- (Alejandro Otero- Juan Alonso- Robinson Lee)

The novel is wrote by Mary Shelley when she was 19, in 1818. First published on London but the version that we can see now is the third one published in 1838 with her own name too.
The novel tell us that a scientist called Frankestein wants to give live to a monster with human bodies parts, taken from the dead people. Now, the mayor part of the people thinks that the monsters is Frankestein.
This novel is horrorific (in the good sense of the word), we can also says that its a ghotic novel. Its characteristics are that this novel was against the modern revolution (industrial revolution), we can prove it with the subtitle of the novel, The Modern Prometheus.
This novel has had a big influence to the literature, art of writting and somes types of movies of horror genre.


To know a little more about...


The transport in that times (arround 1830) were, the most used, the train:


And about the comunication we cant find too much information but we think that was the letter.
This is all the information we can give and we hope that this help us!

lunes, 15 de octubre de 2007

Group 1: Biography




Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London, in 1797. She was the daughter of feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft. Her father was the atheist philosopher William Godwin. Her mother died ten days after Mary was born as a result of puerperal fever.
Godwin realized that he couldn’t raise the girls himself, and looked for a second wife. He married Mary Jane Clairmont. Mary Jane was a woman with quick temper. She didn’t like Mary, and didn’t educate her as well as she educated her own daughter.
Nonetheless, Mary received an excellent education, wich was unusual for girls at the time. Her father gave her access to his large library. She was encouraged to write stories, and one of her early works, “Mounseer Nongtopaw” was published by Godwin’s company when Mary was eleven. At the same time, Godwin let her listen to his conversations with intellectuals of the time.
She met Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was unhappy with his marriage. They fell in love, but when Mary’s father found this out, he forbade them to see each other. Mary wanted to do what her dad said, but Percy threatened to suicide if he wasn’t with her. She realized that she had to be with him, and they escaped together.

Once, Mary, Percy and Jane (Mary’s step sister who was with them) met with a couple of friends. The weather was rainy, so they had to stay indoors. They decided to have a ghost story contest. Mary was concerned she didn’t have any ideas for it. After this episode, she had a waking dream that inspired her to write Frankenstein.

Mary and Percy were stunned by two family suicides in quick succession. Percy's first wife, Harriet, drowned herself in London's Hyde Park. Discarded and pregnant, Claire had not welcomed Percy's invitation to join Mary and himself in their household.
Shortly after Harriet's death, Percy and Mary got married, now with Godwin's blessing. Their attempts to gain custody of Percy's two children by Harriet failed, but their writing careers enjoyed more success when, in the spring of 1817, Mary finished Frankenstein.
Clara, their daughter, died in Venecia, this made a depression in their family. Only the birth of their new son made them happy again. In july of 1882 Percy died drowned in a shipwreck.
Mary Shelley died of cancer of brain on 1st of February in 1851 in London


Julieta Gluch, Mijal Tenenbaum, Leslie Beraja y Laura Ploit