And it all comes to an end..
Upon finishing Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I began realizing how modernized it became over the years. The original story of Frankenstein was simple; a man with the last name Frankenstein created a monster who he was disgusted with, which eventually turned on him and killed his entire family. But, this is nearly nothing like the modernized version of Frankenstein that people know of today. When you hear the name Frankenstein, you immediately think of a six-foot tall, green monster, with black hair and bolts in the side of his head. Throughout the years, the story of Frankenstein has been flipped around and manipulated in more ways than I can count, making it incredibly different from the original. But, when looking deep into the meaning behind the original story, I was able to connect as to how the modern monster is referred to as Frankenstein, rather than the creator, Victor Frankenstein.
If you refer back to my last blog post, which I don’t know why anyone would want to seeing as how poorly I am at these, you’ll see a glimpse of my views of Victor becoming a monster himself. So, it makes sense that movies and stories nowadays would twist the storyline around to change the creature into having the name Frankenstein, wouldn’t it? I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I’m onto something here. So many people think of the modern Frankenstein stories being so incredibly different and unoriginally dumb compared to the first story of the monstrous creation, but in reality, it’s not all that different. If anything, it’s more true to what Mary Shelley tried to implicate about the personality and mentality of Victor Frankenstein.
Overall, whether talking about the original or modern day version of Frankenstein, the storyline has several hidden meanings to it. Science occasionally can go too far, don’t play God, monsters are not born monsters, difference should be celebrated not shunned. These are just a few examples of the hidden messages and meanings that I came across while reading this novel. You’re probably sitting there thinking “Girl, why are you switching topics so quick right now? This is dumb? Are you crazy?” but just bare with me here, folks. I would just like to emphasize the example of “monsters are not born monsters” and allow you to all think the way I do about this topic.
Now, picture two novels in front of you. One titled “Old Frankenstein”, and the other titled “New Frankenstein.” Old Frankenstein is symbolized for Victor Frankenstein while New Frankenstein is also Victor, but often is referred to as the monster himself. Old Frankenstein was a man with a family, and a soon to be loving wife. New Frankenstein is a monstrous, creature of a man. In the end, they’re both Frankenstein. In my opinion, this is how I view the process of the modernization of the Frankenstein story. Whether Frankenstein is a green monster or just a creator with a bad side, in the end they’re both the same. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? No? Okay lol maybe next time then.
Anyways, all in all, I adore the story of Frankenstein, since it has so many different meanings. But, i’ll be honest. I definitely hated it in the beginning, but I’m willing to look past that if you are? So, in conclusion, Mary Shelley did good on this one. Happy Easter my people, go eat some yummy chocolate to celebrate the fact you never have to read another Frankenstein blog by me ever again!
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.