As one of the first gothic novels Frankenstein explores the darker side of human nature, ambitions, and the human mind.
Mary Shelley was the second wife of famous English poet Percey Shelley. She had three children during her lifetime, but only one survived birth. Her most famous work was this novel, Frankenstein; it was not until long after she was dead that she received any real credit for her other novels.
This novel is told from the first person point of view. George Walton begins narrating the story through his letter to his sister. After he rescues Victor from the ice and nurses him back to health, Victor begins to tell Walton his tale. As the story begins the perspective shifts from Walton's to Victor's point of view while still being told in first person. The first person narration really helps give the reader insight into the true state of the main character's mind, and it is indeed a dark place.
Frankenstein takes place in many locations all over Europe, and some parts of Asia. The arctic ocean above Russia, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Geneva in Switzerland. The time period for this novel is sometime in the late 1700's. Science is still very much primitive but beginning to develop, that North Pole still had not been discovered as one of the main characters, Walton, is trying to reach it. Arguably one of the most important place settings for Frankenstein is Ingolstadt t...
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...r to the creation but rather to Victor, the creator. Victor took something (the power to give life) for himself that was too great for any man, and by doing so destroyed himself and everything he loved. The theme is that there is knowledge that man was never meant to have, and that such knowledge is ultimately destructive. There is a great quotation from the book that goes along with this theme statement: "...now dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier the man who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow."
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and believe it to be one of the best books I have ever read. It was extremely well written and challenging for me to understand at times. It conveys that dark side of human ambition very well, and it has given me much to think about.
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