Monday, August 25, 2008

Enraged Slaves

“One among the schiavi ognor frementi” (20).

Schiavi ognor frementi is Italian for slaves forever in a rage. Although this appears to be a historical anachronism, meaning that the time period of the schiavi ognor frementi does not coincide with Frankenstein’s story, it refers to the Italians enraged by the Austrian rule over Italy. Elizabeth’s father is a member of the schiavi ognor frementi, struggling to regain his country’s liberty. Imprisoned by the Austrian government, his property was seized and his daughter left orphaned, eventually leading to her adoption by Victor’s family.

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