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Re: Chapters 1, 2 and 3: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
First time posting, trying to better my literature interpretation skills here and there. Not sure if I'm any good, but thanks for reading. I like this book club idea.
In Chapter 3, Frankenstein contrasts the professors Krempe and Waldman. To Frankenstein Krempe is disdainful and arrogant towards the alchemists that Frankenstein studied. "Have you really spent your time in studying such nonsense?" While Waldman, he finds amiable and sympathetic to the alchemists. So I find it interesting that the reader is manipulated to see Krempe negatively -he is "squat", "gruff" and "repulsive." While we're meant to see Waldman positively, as Frankenstein's "true friend".
So of course, Frankenstein naturally gravitates to Waldman as a mentor. It means he doesn't have to wholly abandon what he'd learned prior to his university studies in the way the Krempe suggested he should. Waldman lends legitimacy to Frankenstein's pursuit of the occultish practice of reanimating dead flesh, in a way that Krempe never would have.
Given the chaos caused and the ethical concerns, It's the friendly, affable Waldman who seems to have led Frankenstein down a flawed path.
Is befriending Waldman as a mentor instead of Krempe a reflection of Frankenstein's overall judgement and ethics?
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