Chapter 5

Andrew Kang
English 123
Professor Grant Glass

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Chapter 5

It was on a dreamy Sunday afternoon in August. As I looked outside the stain glass window, bright crimson red robins were soaring in the deep blue sky chirping away with one another. The sky consisted of occasional patches of white clouds, but as each fluffy white cloud passed by, the sunlight began to shine through the window reflecting on my new beautiful creation. Made out of only the most delicate elements I could find, the creature was ready to come alive. The creature slowly revealed its bright blue eyes that sparkled like the shining star. It began to inhale so softly and tenderly that you could barely notice each breath it took. I was filled with all new types of emotions as i only felt happiness and love for I have created life and a new son. The creature limbs were in proportion as his facial features could only relate to the most beautiful magnificent creatures that roam our planet. His clear, smooth skin glowed as my creature face was so vanilla and sweet as it began to smile. His smile was soft, like autumn leaves caught in a breeze as it was just enough to see a glimpse of his pearly white teeth. The creature lustrous electric blond hair flowed as his luscious cherry red lips were as red as the red robins flying outside. I had worked hard day and night for nearly three years for the sole purpose of creating life from scratch. The past three years I have deprived myself of rest and health, but as I look at my new creation, it was worth it.
Filled with joy I am now able to show my creation the bright side of humanity.


Although it seemed like Frankenstein in Baghdad was not the class favorite, I did enjoy the novel very much. I found the plot-line of a monster seeking to avenge the innocent people who died to make up his body very intriguing. I viewed whatshisname more as a heroic admirable figure until the later half of the text, as his morals changed to make him out as more of a villain. For example, he has few qualms in murdering anyone, good or bad who got in his way. However, as much as I enjoyed the plot and whathisname’s development, I didn’t agree on the ending as I felt Hadi deserved better as Ahmed Saadavawi wholly mistreated Hadi. In this adaptation of the original Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Hadi is drawn from the original character of Victor Frankenstein. However, unlike Victor Frankenstein who deserved a cruel ending, actions did not necessarily warrant his suffering in the end.  Though Hadi was not the most pleasant person in the novel and he repeatedly demonstrated many selfish intentions like when he tried to trick an poor senile lady into selling her house, Hadi was never purely cruel like Victor Frankenstein. I do not necessarily believe that Hadi deserved a wholly happy and fulfilling ending, yet  the mutilation of his face as well as the false accusation that Hadi is Whatshisname all seemed overly cruel. The primary reason I believe Hadi deserved a better ending than Victor Frankenstein is that he did not intend to build Whatsitsname so it would come to life and wreak havoc in Bagdad. Victor on the hand thought that he could play a god-like role and create a new being. Furthermore, Victor could have prevented his creation numerous times from becoming a monster had he been  more accepting and nurturing. This was not a possibility for Hadi as whatshisnames morals were already set when coming alive therefore making Victor and Hadi objectives differ.

復活 (Resurrection)

Dear Hayao Miyazaki


      I believe I have found your next upcoming film that will surpass all your previous iconic films. Titled in Japanese as 復活 (Resurrection), this film will be an adaptation of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. However, this Frankenstein will stray away from the original storyline. When people think of Frankenstein, there minds envision a lab, a mad scientist, and sparks buzzing through bolts of a monster’s head. Forget all of this, this new Frankenstein film will be about a dead man’s journey for vengeance during a time where the world is filled with chaos from the Second World War. Resurrection will be animated by your studio, Studio Ghibli.

    Taking place in Hiroshima and Seoul during the final stages of World War 2, Resurrection will be a two-part film. The first part will take place in Hiroshima before the Americans drop the atomic bomb, where the main character Matsumoto Yoshihito (Victor Frankenstein) is introduced. Matsumoto Yoshihito is a brilliant Japanese designer, that designed the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane which was the number one plane used by the Imperial Japanese Air Force during the Second World War. Engaged to his childhood sweetheart, a Korean girl Pak Ji-woo (Elizabeth Lavenza), Matsumoto lives a reasonably comfortable life with a silver-spooned childhood. Park Ji-woo, on the other hand, suffered during her early childhood for her whole family has been killed by Japanese soldiers during the colonization of Korea. Just as how Victor’s family adopted Elizabeth, Park Ji-woo is adopted by Matsumoto’s family after being found wandering the streets of Seoul alone. Thankful for Matsumoto’s family’s kindness and all the support they have given her, Pak Ji-woo forgives the Japanese people for the hideous crimes they had committed towards her family. Despite the war going on, and the Matsumoto family being forced to make certain sacrifices such as giving up half their food rations to the local hospitals to help the Japanese Empire, Matsumoto still puts a smile on his face for two reasons. The first reason is be because his wedding is about to take place on August 6, 1945. The second reason is that he is on the verge of making a new type of jet plane which will turn the tides of the war. However, Matsumoto’s life turns upside down the night before his wedding as a mysterious man with a white lotus symbol tattoo to his forehead that symbolized he was part of the righteous army, a Korean freedom fighter group invades the Matsumoto house hold. During the house invasion, the mysterious man shoots Matsumoto in his chest five times, kidnaps Park Ji-woo, and takes Matsumoto’s design for his new airplane. After being found by his best friend Yamauchi Nobuharu (Henry Clerval), Yamauchi does his best to nurse Matsumoto back to health, but sadly Matsumoto dies the next morning August 6th on his wedding day. This is also the day American B29 drop the first Atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This will be the end of Part I.

   In Part II, after the bombs have exploded in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hiroshima looks like a wasteland as Matsumoto finds himself resurrected from the radiation of the nuclear bomb with new abilities like super speed and super strength. Seeing his village being burned by crimson flames Matsumoto’s eyes are filled with tears as he is filled with emotions of anger and hatred. Matsumoto a once happy boy filled with light is now a man filled with only Darkness as he is a man on a mission to find his wife and murder all that gets in his way. During his search for Pak Ji-woo, he realizes that his body is deteriorating and doesn’t have much time to live. He journeys to Seoul after finding out his wife is still alive and is held up in the main righteous army hideout. As he arrives, he goes on an all-out killing spree wearing out his body killing every righteous army soldier. He finally finds Pak Ji-woo and collapses in her hand as he smiles once again like he did when he first met her taking his last breath before drying.


Robinson Crusoe faith in God


To have faith in someone is to have complete trust in that person knowing that they will be at your side until the end. That being said, having belief in God is knowing that whatever happens is because of God and whatever will come, won’t be in vain. We see the use of faith as it exists in religion throughout Robinson Crusoe as Daniel Defoe writes about the transformation of Crusoe’s belief in God through his journey on the island where he uncovers his identity spiritually and mentally. 

At the beginning of the novel, Robinson Crusoe, an average seventeenth-century Christian male shows himself to be like all the other Christians, trying to satisfy God by rigidly obeying him fearful of his might and power. This “power” that Robinson Crusoe believes God harbors is seen when Crusoe states, “I made many vows…that if it would please God to spare my life in this one voyage…I would go directly home to my father, and never set it into a ship again while I lived” (10). The fact that Crusoe believes God can give and take a man’s life shows how committed he is towards Christianity.

Another example of Crusoe professing his faith in Christianity is seen when he thanks God for letting him come upon on the island safely.  After arriving on shore Crusoe believed it was because of gods showing mercy to him as he quoted, “I fell to my knees and gave God thanks for my deliverance, resolving to lay aside all thoughts of my deliverance by my boat” (112). Once again, Crusoe leads to God for support, because in a Christian mindset, whatever happens, is because of God. Even after he survives a shipwreck, Crusoe does not curse God or question why he has summoned this situation upon him, but he thanks God. This mindset further demonstrates the intensity with which Crusoe trusts and wholly believes in the choices made by God, even if they leave Crusoe in a dire condition.  

Trying to endure the pain of being stranded on the island, Crusoe mindset on Christianity begins to change as doubt in God dépens further and further. He soon begins to discover that all the small miracles that have been happening were not the work of God, but these outcomes have been shaped by his own will. This shadow of doubt is first seen when Crusoe’s barley begins to grow during a time when it shouldn’t. He beings to praise God as he, “..began to suggest that God had miraculously caused his grain to grow without any help of seed sown and that it was so directed purely for my sustenance on that wild, miserable place.” (123). Although Crusoe is thanking God, a glimmer of contempt is revealed in the way he describes the island. While he initially thanked God for bringing him to this island, Crusoe has grown to see the flaws in his situation, perhaps alluding to his changing disposition more grounded in reality. However, moments later his, “…religious thankfulness to God’s providence began to abate” (124), realizing that all the work that has been accomplished since the island has not been the work of providence to God but actually to him. This scene is the turning point for Crusoe as he begins to hold himself accountable for his own fate. At the end of the novel, through Crusoe adventure on the island alone, Crusoe was able to become more self-independent knowing that his success on the island wasn’t because of God’s work, but his own giving his freedom from Gods guilt.