Aesthetics in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Jerold J. Abrams
Keywords: Frankenstein, aesthetics, sublime, Longinus, Santayana, Kant, Aristotle, Shelley, Paradise Lost, Milton
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the brilliant scientist Viktor Frankenstein constructs and animates a gigantic and superhumanly powerful man. But upon animation, Frankenstein discovers he neglected beauty, and beholding his hideous creation flees in horror without even naming the man. Abandoned and alone the monster leaves society, yet secretly observing humanity learns language and philosophy and eventually discovers humanity’s self-understanding and his own self-understanding to be grounded in beauty rather than reason.
Issue: Vol 1 (2018): All Persons Great and Small: The Notion of Personhood in SF
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