Author: Mary Shelly
Initially, I avoided every possible opportunity to read this novel. I have managed to avoid any movie allocated to the name, ‘Frankenstein’. I don’t find any pleasure in horror movies, and I always envisioned Frankenstein as such.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
Studied with the eye that I read this novel through, channeling into the depths of human nature, this book is far from a horror story. It is a story of rejection and the damage that it does to human character. As I read the pages of the ‘monsters’ experience, I was left silenced by my own thoughts. Reading his experience showed the cruelty and neglect served upon him because of the way he looked.
First impressions are a natural survival setting that we all have implanted into each of us from birth. Society then moulds that instinct as we judge ourselves and experience hurt and fear. But do we take that too far? Do we stop listening to ourselves and place our judgment on the society we have come to be a part of? I don’t only mean the prejudices that are commonly spoken of through media either. I am thinking much deeper. I don’t even know how to express the hurt and isolation we place on people unknowingly. Words spoken, looks given, even words unspoken. The outcomes of isolation and the feeling of rejection are often… quiet.
I have heard many say this book is life-changing.
Frankenstein is a ‘classic’ for a reason. I recommend that this book be read, and an examination of humans that the character looked at from between the lines of each page.
Frankenstein is the classic gothic horror novel that has thrilled and engrossed readers for two centuries. Written by Mary Shelley, it is a story that she intended would ‘curdle the blood and quicken the beating of the heart.’ The tale is a superb blend of science fiction, mystery, and thriller. Victor Frankenstein is driven by the mad dream of creating his own creature. Experiments with alchemy and science to build a monster stitched together from dead remains. Once the creature becomes a living breathing articulate entity, it turns on its maker and the novel darkens into tragedy. The reader is very quickly swept along by the force of the elegant prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multi-layered themes in the novel. Although first published in 1818, Shelly’s masterpiece still maintains a strong grip on the imagination and has been the inspiration for numerous horror movies, television, and stage adaptations.