Author: Mary Shelly
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.
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.
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.
have heard many say this book is life-changing.
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.