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Frankenstein/Science Fiction Essay (Reading and Writing Task)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the Science Fiction text that allowed all other examples of the sub-genre to follow. Discuss this proposition with specific reference to the Drama Script and Film versions of the novel, along with any other relevant Science Fiction texts you have read or viewed.

* Your essay should especially consider Shelley’s context and that of other writers you refer to, as well as your own context as a reader. * You should make specific reference to the texts you are discussing via both direct (quotations) and indirect (explanations) evidence. * Be sure to plan your response so that each paragraph has its own unified idea.

A sample paragraph structure might look like the following:

1. Introduction – Thesis: e.g.: “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the first text which uses scientific experimentation as the basis of its plot. In doing this, it paved the way for all Science Fiction which followed…”

2. Body P1 – Author context + sub-genre features – what changes have occurred over time as a result of context? Consider Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury

3. Body P2 – Discussion of Frankenstein

4. Body P3 – Discussion of other text e.g.: War of the Worlds (make some reference to Frankenstein as well)

5. Body P4 - Discussion of other text e.g.: There Will Come Soft Rains (make some reference to Frankenstein as well)

6. Body P5 – Relevance of Frankenstein today in a completely different context from that of its first publication

7. Conclusion – Look at legitimacy of the Science fiction sub-genre as the most enduring because it is about the future. e.g.: “Science Fiction has predicted many of the advances in technology that we have experienced, while also predicting the sometimes disastrous effects of…...

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