Literary Analysis-This Monstrous Thing

Literary Analysis-This Monstrous Thing
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  • Protagonist: Alasdair Finch
  • Antagonist
  • Theme
  • VS
  • Alasdair is a round, dynamic character who has internal conflict about his brother and his death. Alasdair is a round character because readers see multiple sides of him, from his loving side towards Mary, to the side of him that was able to kill his brother for his science. Alasdair is dynamic because in the beginning of the story he is grieving his brother enough to bring him back from the dead, but at the end, he realizes the mistake he's made. 
  • Figurative Language (Personification): "...with golden firelight dancing from beyond it" (245)
  • Dr. Geisler is a flat, static character who's main focus is on bringing people back to life with clockwork pieces, doing anything to figure out how. Alasdair's view of him is dynamic in the fact that at the beginning of the story, Alasdair views him as a way out of a bad situation. As the story progresses, readers see that Geisler's intentions weren't all good, though those had been his intentions the entire time, making him static as a character. 
  • Foreshadowing: "When we dug up Oliver's body it seemed fitting to bring him here, Dr. Geisler's secret workshop in the clock tower where the resurrection work had begun." (2)
  • The theme of This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee is that sometimes it's best to let people go in life. Alasdair misses his brother, Oliver, so much that he brings him back from the dead. However, throughout the story, Alasdair begins to realize that it would have been best to leave Oliver dead. 
  • Irony: On pages 236-238, Clémence turns Dr. Geisler in to the police.
  • Dr. Basil Geisler, you're under arrest!
  • Lee uses figurative language to describe the way certain scenes look and to give the novel more character.  This figurative language allows readers to better see what Alasdair and Clémence are seeing. 
  • When Alasdair brings Oliver back to life, it's in Geisler's secret workshop. This is foreshadowing for when Oliver tries to start his revolution in the same clock tower.  
  • This scene is ironic because everyone believes that Clémence is Geisler's trusty assistant. In reality, Geisler has been forcing her to work for him to pay back the repairs he did to her lungs. Clémence despises, which allows her to report him to the police without remorse. This scene helps readers to understand more of who Clémence is as a character. 
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