For Frankenstein Motif and Imelda


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Shelley makes Dr. Frankenstein a "mad" scientist. Selzer makes Dr. Franciscus a monk (at least metaphorically). Explain the importance of the shift from science to religion when comparing the novel Frankenstein and the essay "Imelda." Also, at the very end of "Imelda," Selzer says that what Franciscus did in the morgue was a good thing, and he performed it to ward off madness...What sort of madness do you think he is referring to?

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Victor Frankenstein becomes referred to as a “mad” scientist which leaves the reader wondering
why he gets that title. His ambition to create a humanoid makes Shelley the author to refer him as
mad because it is something that is beyond human ability. Additionally, no one else had chosen
that path before him and Frankenstein’s determination and secrecy when undertaking the project
was overwhelming. Selzer on the other hand talks of doctor Franciscus having a monkish character
which relates him with the commitment that monks have in their endeavors. He was dedicated in
his work and he gave his all without having t...

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