It’s about time to start our module on the great female writer, Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein and wife of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
This Zaption video I made is an introduction to her troubled life I’ll deal with in class. Click the link and answer the questions after writing your SURNAME. Mary Shelley: A life about Death.
From the National Library of Medicine (thanks to EdTech teacher) this exhibition FRANKENSTEIN PENETRATING THE SECRETS OF NATURE looks at the world from which Mary Shelley came, how popular culture has embraced the Frankenstein story, and at how Shelley’s creation continues to illuminate the blurred, uncertain boundaries of what we consider “acceptable” science.
The second video is a Summary of the novel some of you have already read 🙂 Just to revise it in a visual form before reading an extract together.
As some of you did for the novel read during the summer I’m embedding a very interesting Frankenstein Google Literary Trip, so that you can visualize the places off the novel. It was meant for teacher so you neednt focus on all information, just select the relevant information. It lasts 6m’. You can also see here Francesca’s and Cristian’s version.
FRANKENSTEIN IN MOVIES: It’s alive!!
The following videoclip is taken from “Frankenstein the 1931 classic showing the trials and tribulations of the man and his monster, directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff and Colin Clive.
The second video is taken from Kenneth Branagh’s movie Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994 ) and it’s the scene of The CREATION OF THE MONSTER. Sticking close to the original novel, Kenneth Branagh guides us through the story of Frankenstein’s quest for knowledge and his creature’s search for his “father”. Director: Kenneth Branagh/Release Date: 4 November 1994starring Robert de Niro, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.
- Assignment 1 After watching the clip answer the following questions IN YOUR NOTEBOOK.
- What leads to the creation of the monster?
- What does Dr.Frankenstein look like? How does he feel before and after the creation?
- What does he say DURING and AFTER the creation?
- Does the soundtrack contribute to the atmosphere of the scene?
You can (it’s optional) also have a look at this presentation I found while surfing the net . It’s incredible how many things you come across … by pure chance!
Here’s the funny website you are already familiar with: Frankenstein in 60 seconds. I find the girl’s voice unbearable but you may like her. It’s a way of making literature very easy and understandable to everybody. As I see it it’s a way of trivializing great masterpieces, not my cup of tea 😉
Assignment 2 TO BE DONE AFTER OUR CLASS SESSION Leave your comment below answering to the following:
- Which of the 2 monsters you have seen do you find more impressive and why?
FOLLOW UP : watch this video published May 22 2012 & produced by Ridley Scott (director of Blade Runner, the Gladiator, Prometheus to mention just a few) PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION.
- Time required: 50 minutes
- Do the activities in the worksheet you’ll receive as a PDF in Schoology.
After all this work and effort you deserve a treat & a laugh: a clip from the the 1974 comically brilliant movie Frankenstein Junior. It’s a pun on the world “werewolf” (lupo-mannaro) & Where wolf? LOL Nella traduzione italiana il gioco di parole è andato perso 🙁