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Adria Barich Ms. Gardner English 2 16 November 2013 Cause and Effect: Frankenstein Brackett, Virginia. "Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web.18 Nov. 2013 Bracketts article tells of major events in the life of Mary Shelley, but it lacks information regarding her many successes. The tone throughout the article is sympathetic towards Shelleys rough childhood, and it is best for people seeking additional knowledge on Mary Shelleys life because it is full of unique information. This article is persuasive in the sense that Brackett wants his readers to pity Shelley. While Bracketts article discusses many different aspects of Shellys life, it doesnt necessarily do an accurate job of describing these events in terms of clarity. The main problem is that the author constantly switches from using persons first name in one paragraph to using their last name in the next. This ultimately confuses the reader as to who he is referring to. Although the information in Bracketts article is interesting, it can be difficult at times to comprehend. Burt, Daniel S. "Frankenstein." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 13 Nov. 2013 Burts article is a very helpful and interesting resource for people seeking clarity of major events in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. The author manages to summarize the novel in such a way that someone who has not read the novel is left desiring to read the actual

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book. Throughout the article, Burt has a very upbeat tone which completely contrasts with the novels somber nature. He constantly praises Frankenstein in a subtly bias manner, and although it may be slightly partial, the information in the article remains accurate. Burt draws his readers in with interesting facts about the novel and its author, then keeps them intrigued with comparisons of Shelleys monster and the stereotypical Frankenstein we see in scary movies. He notes their vast differences and how Shelleys Frankenstein is subtler, while still bone chilling. Burt brings up everyones perception of the monster green, bolts in head, and speaking in broken Englishand he mentions how even though he is made from stray body parts in a graveyard and has a murderous streak, the only thing that sets Shelleys monster apart from anyone else is his appearance. Burt makes us want to see what the true Frankenstein is truly like, rather than the exaggerated version of our childhood. D'Ammassa, Don. "Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 24 Nov. 2013 D'Ammassas article, while very brief, is straightforward and informational in describing the life of Mary Shelley. DAmmassa constantly praises Shelley for writing a novel that has yet to be duplicated by even herself. The article is ideal for people in need of information on the writing career of Mary Shelley Focusing primarily on her writing career, this biography describes how Frankenstein shaped Mary Shelley as an author. DAmmassa mentions how Frankenstein set such high expectations for Shelley, and she is constantly criticized for never again reaching such

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depths. DAmmassa honesty states that Frankenstein would not be as well-known as it is today unless it was for the movies; not Shelleys novel. Shelley would never have been as famous as she is today if it were not for Frankenstein. Evans, Robert C. "Elements of the Grotesque in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 16 Nov. 2013 Evans article is very honest and effective in pointing out the hidden grotesque elements of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. This article is ideal for people who have found themselves initially disappointed with the novel. Evan points out that there are in fact a variety of components that do make Frankenstein extraordinarily grotesque; the repulsive elements are just hidden within the text. Evan explains the supernatural blood-chilling fear Shelley achieves, although it is an element that isnt always obvious to the reader. The author remarks immediately that students are initially bored by Frankenstein because of its subtler nature compared to the version in horror movies. He counters this argument by cleverly breaking down each major section of the novel to show its revolting qualities. Evan points out the theme of the bookbreathing life into a dead bodyand the chilling feeling that gives off alone to prove that Frankenstein is a truly frightening novel. Quinn, Edward. "alienation." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 24 Nov. 2013 This article, written by Edward Quinn, describes the effects of alienation in both a literary and realistic sense. Quinn lists off a timeline of characters who have felt the wrath of

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alienation, dating back to the 1600s with Shakespeares work. This article is ideal for people in search of novels including the theme of alienation. Quinns article describes the causes and effects of alienation. He conveys the concept of alienation by stating that there is not just one way to feel out of touch; alienation could mean feeling separated from society or feeling out of touch with ones self. Quinn mentions that alienation is a result of the shallowness and hypocrisy of modern life, and that it makes the victim feel existence lacks any coherence or purpose. While this may make for a good plot line, it can lead to disastrous effects when experienced outside of a novel. Visser, David. "nature." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 27 Nov. 2013 In this article, Visser artfully describes nature and its relationship to literature. While the author describes what roles nature plays in certain novels, he uses many unique syntactical varieties and intriguing metaphors. This article is ideal for people searching for what the theme of nature could represent in literature. Visser constantly conveys the idea the literature could not exist without nature. The author points out that nature exists both internally and externally: the inside of a character and their surroundings. Additionally, nature can be used to describe a place of origin, as a muse, or as a god. Without most of these elements, a story could not be told.