King George III And Frankenstein Analysis

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Samad Ahmed Professor Alicia Stevenson English 1302 Period 2 21 January 2015 Candid Resemblance: King George III and Frankenstein’s Madness King George III emerged to the throne in 1760. Dejected by the loss to the American Revolutionary War, George III lost the land acquired overseas and his mental stability. Later on, it was said that he suffered from porphyria, experiencing hallucinations, eventually leading up to his doomed derangement in 1788. The king’s psychotic perception not only mirrors Victor’s maniacal mind, but also paints the setting for Frankenstein, acting as a catalyst to an era of unorthodox vision, pandemonium, and creativity. In the early-to-mid 1700s, literature revolved upon concepts that were “driven by ideas, events, and reason”(“Enlightenment and Romanticism: a Comparison”). This period of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Enlightenment, was stimulated by social events that required reform and restructure. This was propelled by theoretical stimulation and philosophical ideology, expanding the boundaries of what was concrete into those ideas that seemed preposterous to achieve or even imagine. Romanticism can be seen as a refurbishment of the Enlightenment era. In essence, this time saw a radical change of which motivation arose from “character, emotions, and passion”(“ Enlightenment and Romanticism: a Comparison”), leading into an unsophisticated, almost “primal” manner of writing. Therefore, characters in the Romantic era, such as Victor
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