Title

Truth in Listening: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Date

5-30-2013 10:20 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Marjory Lange

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Marjory Lange

Presentation Type

Symposium

Abstract

In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, the act of listening reveals what cannot be seen: ideas, history and truth. The only people who discover the inner goodness of both the creature and Frankenstein are those who listen to their tales before judging them. Characters who are capable of ‘hearing’ beyond what they initially experience, discover the truth, while those who rely on sight alone are blinded to innocence, purity of intentions and virtue. Truth, in fact, cannot be seen at all; it must be heard.

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May 30th, 10:20 AM

Truth in Listening: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, the act of listening reveals what cannot be seen: ideas, history and truth. The only people who discover the inner goodness of both the creature and Frankenstein are those who listen to their tales before judging them. Characters who are capable of ‘hearing’ beyond what they initially experience, discover the truth, while those who rely on sight alone are blinded to innocence, purity of intentions and virtue. Truth, in fact, cannot be seen at all; it must be heard.