Exploring the Drive to Create in Frankenstein

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Is it hubris that drives the creative process? Is it the desire to be remembered long past death? An interactive asks readers of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" to consider what this wife and husband have to say about what drives the desire to create.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Review the myth of Prometheus and have class members consider why Shelly references the myth in her subtitle
Classroom Considerations
  • The interactive focuses on the first three chapters of the novel
  • Registration for a free PBS account is required to access materials
  • Part of the PBS Great American Read collection
  • The full text of "Ozymandias" is included in the interactive
  • Pages 7 (doeos for does) and 9 (power for poem) of the interactive contain typos that may confuse some users