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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.


Victor Frankenstein is a scientist who, after studying chemical processes and the decay of living beings, gains an insight into the creation of life. He gives life to his own creature, "Frankenstein's monster", or often simply referred to as simply "Frankenstein".

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, the creature 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 each other in the icy Arctic wastes.

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I think the writer Shelley had a wild imagination. When I first started reading the novel, I thought this book is boring because I did not understand who Walton was? How did Walton knew about the creator? before Victor mention to the class.

Frankenstein boring?

As I read along, I find the story of Frankenstein very intriguing. I cannot imagine the creator of Frankenstein is a women with such intrigued imagination. Why do great novel always starts so boring?

Frankenstein as manifestation

As the story progresses, it seems that Victor and Frankenstein are similar. Do you think that the monster was a manifestation of Victorís state of mind?

Mary Shelly vs. Frankenstein

Frankenstein draws parallels to Mary Shelly, such as a motherís death from childbirth and not having any formal education. Do you think Mary saw herself in writing Frankenstein?

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.

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