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And today’s book is……. *Drum roll*
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Originally Published: 1818
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We all know the movies, Victor Frankenstein leaves home to pursue his passion for science which leads him to create the creature the story is known for. Once he see’s his creation come to life he automatically regrets his decision and tries to hide from the creature, after this the creature vanishes. Though we don’t see the creature for quite a while, that doesn’t me he isn’t busy. During his disappearance, he kills Victor’s youngest brother bringing Victor back home, and allowing an innocent woman to die. From here on, more deaths occur for the people that Victor loves leading Victor, into madness, to chase after the creature as a way to have revenge and repentance until his own death.
My First Thoughts:
This is my second time reading this novel, the first time I couldn’t remember the ending. This time I’m having a hard time to really remember the middle.
My Final Analysis:
This is a story that you don’t want to watch the movie first for. I know that is practically impossible just because this is one story that has been redone for movies and television numerous times. What do you remember most from the movies? The scene where the creature is created and come to life, right? And then afterwards not much else.
The reality is that the scene of creation and the “It’s ALIVEEEEE!” part lasts about a few sentences, and even then it is very very vague.
Also, instead of the story focusing on the creature, this is a tale focused on the fall of a man with the potential to create revolution in science. You watch this man lose what he held close: his little brother, his best friend, and the woman he has always loved; and how what stared out as fear moves to madness with severity.
We do get a couple of chapters which are dedicated to catch up on the monster and to attempt the reader to get some sort of feeling of pity for him, but that depends on who is reading. For myself, I can understand the pain the monster feels, being born with the intent of great things only to be shunned, hated, and hunted. He asks Victor to just give him one thing so that he will leave forever away from the evils within humanity, but even then he is denied. So, in his own way, the creature’s vengeance is justified. He didn’t asked to be born.
But no one is. It’s what you do with it that matters.
He chose to kill people. He chooses to make Victor suffer. But, he also chose not to harm the family he was watching over, only to run away. Is it still justified then, when he says that it is all Victor’s fault?
But that is a question I will leave to you, so please leave a comment down below, I would love to hear from you. 🙂
Updated Thought: Something I was wondering last night. If the creature’s idea of vengeance upon Victor was to have him feel same pain the creature felt, then he obviously did not achieve his goal. The pain felt by the creature is the pain of rejection and dejection from the world, where the pain felt by Victor comes from loss and guilt. In a way, if the creature really wanted him to feel the same pain then he would have made it where Victor would be rejected by anyone who he wished to receive affection. Instead, the creature’s route of vengeance only brings people to Victor’s side as he continues to have companions on his journey after the creature.
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