Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Gothic standard and you: Much ado about Frankenstein

So, we're reading Mary Shelley's classic horror story, Frankenstein. Scared? No? Me neither. What about if I told you you had 3 assignments? Scarier? Thought so. However, they're really not too bad:
  1. Read Mary Shelley's introduction. The British Lit textbook has a pretty cool piece from Mary Shelley, talking about how the story of Frankenstein came about, on pages 672-675. Read it.
  2. Blog Responding to the Selection (RS) #8. I think it's a pretty cool question, actually, which is why I'd like at least one strong paragraph (more is better, too) on this topic:
    Many areas of scientific investigation carry both potential benefits and potential dangers for humankind. (a) What such areas in our own age can you name? (b) Which areas do you believe human being should never become involved in? Give reasons for your answer.
  3. Read more Frankenstein. Specifically, by next Monday, read up to page 117. You should be finished reading this book by the time Spring Break is over, so if that means you need to read past 117, then do so. (Suggestion: if you're going to Italy or the Philippines for a study tour or mission trip, I'd try to finish this book completely before you even get on the plane. It's seriously not that long.)

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