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FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (1818)
Frankenstein is a student of natural philosophy in Geneva. He builds a creature in the semblance of a man and gives it life. The creature is repeatedly rejected by those who see it, but the monster proves intelligent, and later highly articulate. Receiving no love, it becomes embittered. Frankenstein deserts his creation but then agrees to make a mate for the monster. A wave of remorse makes him destroy the female. The lone creature swears revenge. He kills Frankenstein's bride on their wedding night.
The scientist becomes mad, but recovers and chases the creature across the world. The two confront in the Arctic wastes. Frankenstein dies and the creature disappears in the wilderness mourning the loss of the man who gave him life. - The novel contains no supernatural elements; the creation of the monster is described in the third edition on a rational scientific basis. The work epitomizes the scientist who experiments fist and thinks about the consequences later.

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Frankenstein and Family

Do you believe that if the monster had a family that loved him and cared for him it would have prevented tragedy from occuring? Also, should Frankenstein have taken more responsibility for the monster since he is the creator? Let me know your thoughts!

Critical Analysis of Letters 1-4

I am reading Frankenstein for an literature class I am currently taking and for this post I am choosing to both summarize letters 1-4 in the beginning of the novel; after readinfg my summary I would like to discuss some of the themes that one may see in the beginning of this novel. In the beginning of the novel we meet Robert Walton, a sea captain who is on a journey to find a passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. He writes many letters to his sister in London in named Mrs. Saville. This journey is something that he talked/ dreamed about for many years and now that he gets to do it, he is very happy and since none of his other dreams have manifested themselves he feels as though this must be successful. The writer of the letters is happy that this dream of his will allow for him to satisfy an 'ardent curiosity" since he will be setting foot on another part of the world that someone hasn't been on yet. To prepare for the trip Walton takes practice trips to Russia and as he takes this practice trip one of the things on his mind is that he doesn't have a friend who will be able to maintain the disappointment that he will feel if the trip doesn't go as he plans. As it begins, the journey is going well but then in the middle of the ocean they see a sleigh that is being pulled by dogs which then disappears; then the next day there is another sleigh and the person on this sleigh then boards the ship nearly frozen. Walton comes to find out that the person is out looking for someone who ran from him (which happens to be the person from the first sleigh); as Walton spends more time with him he comes to find out how unhappy this person is and that at some point he had the same dreams as Walton but had to abandon them. For me, I see the development of a heroic theme beginning. Walter is going on an expedition to discover something that is unknown to man to the point he is willing to risk his life just to do this. What are some other themes that you all see developing in letters 1-4? Let's chat!

Frankenstein Monster Sympathy

Does the monster's expressiveness and persuasiveness make it easier for readers to sympathize with him? Why do most movie versions present the monster as mute or inarticulate?

Who do you think was more of a monster, Victor or his new creation?

Who do you think was more of a monster, Victor or his new creation?

What color is Frankenstein's monster?

Hi! I'm just curious what exactly was the color of Frankenstein's monster? Was it blue or black? Thanks

Frankenstein's Monster a bit like Perry Smith

I have just been watching Capote, which reminded me of his book In Cold Blood, which I read last year. One of the murderers from In Cold Blood reminded me of Frankenstein's monster. Perry Smith was an artistic sort, who yearned to be educated, yet he was filled with rage, was self-pitying, and capable of committing terrible acts of violence. He was only about 5'4", while Frankenstein's monster was at least 7', but that hardly matters. What matters is your willingness, or lack of inhibition in doing these dreadful things. When Frankenstein's monster complains about the neglect and abuse he suffered, to me that sounded like self-exculpation for the wilful acts of murder he committed on victims who had never done him any harm.

Which sci-fi subgenre is Frankenstein

I am not really enjoying this book, but at least it is short and the chapters are not very long. I wanted to read it because it is arguably the first science fiction book. Actually, it seems to a sub-genre of science fiction, but I am not sure it has a name. That is, it is not a first-contact, or post-apocalypse, or cyber-punk. It is a mad scientist/dodgy corporation makes a monster/android/sexbot/super-human. In Bladerunner. the monsters were genetically engineered superhumans, although in the book it was derived from, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the monsters were androids. The last film I saw of this type was Ex Macchina, in which the monster was a sexy fembot, and Frankenstein was a sort of Mark Zuckerberg figure, although the corporation he heads reminded me more of Google. Common tropes include: the monsters are superhuman in some way, e.g. very strong, very attractive, very intelligent. the monsters develop minds of their own, become impossible to control, and eventually turn on their creators. the monsters are sociopathic, either through desperate self-defence, lack of socialization, repeated rejection, or a natural lack of empathy. The only book of this sub-genre that does not quite follow this pattern (although I have not read it) was The Stepford Wives.

Victor Frankenstein's charge sheet

Victor Frankenstein seems to have been very irresponsible, not just about making the monster but his in neglecting his duty of care for it afterwards, and for not informing the authorities when the murders started taking place. It is difficult to work out which was the worst.

Why is Victor Frankenstein insane?

In Mary Shelly's version of Frankenstein, do think Victor Frankenstein is insane?

First Italian translation

Hello all. Iím looking for the first Italian translation of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I found an edition of 1944 (tran. Ranieri Cochetti, Donatello De Luigi, Roma 1944) but since the book was published in 1818 I donít think that it can be the first edition. Can someone please help me?

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