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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
It's Alive: Allegorical Connections Between Oppression, Literature, and Frankenstein

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The essay examines connections between Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and socioeconomic oppression. Informed by historical references and building upon existing critiques of Frankenstein, the essay seeks to uncover the metaphorical relationship between the story and its symbolic representation of class struggle between the proletariat and bourgeoisie. Though previous scholarly work regarding Frankenstein has offered forth mainly biblical interpretations, it is the essay’s contention that Frankenstein serves as an allegory for the ways in which Frankenstein’s monster is an embodiment of the bourgeoisie-created poverty and bondage under the system of capitalism. Additionally, the essay argues that, while viewing the story through a critical lens, the character of Dr. Frankenstein acts as a metaphor for the capitalist process of irresponsible production.

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Sean Casey

Sean Casey is a senior Communication major from Toledo, Ohio. Sean's main academic focus within the field of communication is the connection between race and athletics, and plans to attend graduate school upon gradation from Graceland.

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Dr. Raquel Moreira

Raquel Moreira is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Graceland. She received her PhD in Communication from the University of Denver.

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
103 Resch Reach Science and Technology Hall