The book “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is a significant example of gothic literature. It was written in the 19th century, just a few decades after the Industrial Revolution and it was written by a nineteen-year-old woman which makes it quite marginal at the time of male dominance in Europe as well as in most of the world. The political critiques of this book are widely spread as ways of approaching the subject. Some critics take the book as an example of feminist approach to the time the author lived in; some critics are thinking about the book as a symbol of Marxist outbreak –at least on the level of ideas- against worsening living conditions of working class after the Industrial Revolution. Continue reading “Was Dr. Frankenstein a Sinister, or Just a Broken-Hearted Child?”
Bill: An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero, and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “s”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears, the glasses, the business suit, that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself… He’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race. Sort of like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plympton.