Title: Frankenstein (1818 Text)
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Genre/Themes: Classic Literature, Science Fiction, Horror, Humanity, Power, Ethics
Blurb from Goodreads
At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
I am so annoyed at myself for letting myself be taken in by the Hollywood horror bastardisations of this novel. I’m a huge wimp. Terrified of horror. Blood. Guts. Gore. All that sort of stuff so for years I avoided this classic WHAT A DAMN FOOL I WAS BECAUSE THIS IS SHEER GENIUS!!!
I love what Mary Shelley did.
The man versus his creation….
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG.
Frankenstein has been so messed up by pop culture. There is such a misunderstanding about what this novel tried to say about us as people. It’s got so many layers to it and layers that you could bring into a modern day debate regarding genetic manipulation etc.
I just love the mind that Mary Shelley had.
And how she used the three different perspectives to tell us this story was utterly genius.
Because she never
once as the author tried to tell us what to feel. Tried to tell us how we
should interpret this book. We were given three sides from which to make up our
And therefore as a reader was able to feel so much sympathy towards the creation. I loved how in the book Shelley didn’t purport to name the creation.
You had Victor saying things such as “get away daemon”, “wretched creature” etc but it was done in this fabulous way that not once was the creation actually named a monster so it’s so telling of society how in the 200 years since the book’s release that the notion people have in their minds is of an evil monster.
This book is just not as simple as that. There is guilt on both sides and there is good on both sides. There are such delightfully subtle nuances that force us to question the darkest parts of humanity. It’s just deliciously ambiguous.
Okay at times there was a little too much narrative exposition at times but GOD DAMN IT I LOVE IT!!! Major props to Shelley for inventing one of my favourite genres, that of science fiction.