I had the opportunity to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley several years ago and it became one of my favorite books. My initial feeling was sorrow, what a wonderful story that has been slowly destroyed by Hollywood through the years. We think of Victor Frankenstein as a mad scientist trying to destroy mankind, and the monster having bolts in his neck with very little intellect. Mary Shelley’s book is completely different from the Hollywood version we are accustom to. The monster is intelligent and has emotions, the mad scientist or Victor was scared of his own creation due to his appearance. The monster initially showed no signs of evil in the novel, but where did he learn it from? Who is the real evil monster in the story? Was it the humans or Victor Frankenstein? I felt empathy for the monster throughout the novel, including: pity, sorrow, and understanding. As the novel progresses I immediately saw that the monster just wanted to be accepted by all mankind despite his hideous appearance. The most interesting aspect of the novel, was when the monster confronts Victor on the slopes of Montanvert. The conversation took place in chapter 17, according to the monster, “You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede”(Shelley, 2008, p. 216). After threatening Victor with revenge, the monster finally convinced him to create a mate. The monster really wanted was love and companionship. He promises, that they would disappear to South America and never be seen again. According to the monster, “If you consent, neither you nor any other ...
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... have grown to appreciate the novel, Frankenstein, even more since the first time I read it. She led a life nearly, as tragic as the monster she created through her writing. Mary seems to pull some of her own life experiences in Victor’s background, as in both mothers died during or after childbirth. Learning about Mary’s personal losses, I have gained a better appreciation of her as an author and a woman of the 17th century. She had association with some the most influential minds of that period.
Shelley, M. W. (2008). Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. Waiheke Island: The Floating Press, 2008, eBook Collection.
Mary Shelley-Author- biography.com (), Retrieved October 22, 2016, from http://www.biography.com/peop/mary-shelley-9481497
MindEdge, Inc. (2014). Introduction to the humanities. Waltham, MA: MindEdge, Inc.
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