Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is known as ‘one of the classics’ a ‘must read’ for many reasons. But I think one of the main reasons isn’t for the story itself, but the way it was written.
When she wrote this book, Mary was 18. 18! Teachers from high school and university LOVE showing this book and analyzing this book and it was written by someone who’s basically the same age as me. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I know anyone who’s even in their 20s that can write something so well written and powerful as that or even do anything remotely close to writing a book that turns out to be THIS well known.
Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein but not many people know that it is very word heavy and (to us nowadays) backwards written. While reading this book, every few sentences I’d have to stop and re read the last line because I could not understand what was being said. Like I said in the beginning, I believe this is a contributing factor to its success. Many books these days are written in a way where you can skim over each sentence and get the idea of what’s happening without doing too much thinking. With this book, you have to read each word carefully and almost translate each sentence so it makes sense nowadays, thus making you think and picture EXACTLY what’s going on instead of thinking ‘oh yea, I think I understand’. Many kids these days just look at books and each page instead of actually reading. This book solves that problem and on top of that, it’s actually a really interesting book. The only other books I can think of that have a similar writing style are Shakespeare’s plays and I mean come on, go ahead and try and name something more famous and iconic as Romeo and Juliet… exactly, you can’t.
Mary Shelley is a genius and deserves all the praise she’s gotten for writing this book and then some. On top of being an amazing writer, she was a woman in the 1800s who published this book under her name and even though at the time women were seen as the “weaker gender”, which is just wrong in so many ways, the book was still insanely popular and it still is. Thank you Mary Shelley.
Victor may have been a genius, but he is still not a good person and on top of that, he may win worst parent of the year award due to how he treated the thing that he spent so much time and effort creating.
Victor and the monster are portrayed very much like father and son throughout the book and it makes sense, I mean Victor did create the monster. Because Victor is playing the parent roll here, I must ask, who runs away from their child? Yea I get it, they can be annoying sometimes but come on Victor, at least give him a chance. He ran away because his creation was terrifying, I’ve seen many terrifying looking people and you know what? I’m friends with a lot of those people so maybe get to know it before you run away screaming.
After running away, the monster kills someone and Victor gets mad and try’s to kill it. I understand killing people is wrong but Victor, you ran away from him because he was hideous. Of course he’s gonna come find you and because you weren’t there to teach him morals or that not all people are bad and want to kill him, he killed someone close to you to get your attention. Because murder is you know, not good, I totally get wanting to punish him but murdering your child? Maybe you need to sit down for a minute Victor and think because YOU brought him into this world, YOU ran away and YOU chose to teach him nothing. Therefore you are just as responsible as him for the murder. You also had a chance to give him the punishment you were looking for, too back your ego matters more to you than the life of a stranger. Funny how that works right? Your creation kills an innocent person and you get an innocent person killed to keep your creation a secret? Like father like son I suppose.
Clearly there is some family issues going on in the Frankenstein household. Maybe sit down for a minute and have some tea and just talk it out next time before you run away in total terror from the thing you created. Who knows, maybe your creation could have been the best friend you never had but always wanted.
When my teacher said we’d be reading Frankenstein this year, I was dreading it. I thought this book was gonna be another old boring book enjoyed only by historians and teachers but after reading the letters and first few chapters, I quickly realized this book is a book that can be enjoyable for anyone and is actually a very interesting and thought provoking book.
The letters were a little boring at first but the last letter added suspense by introducing Victor and the story of the monster into the story and looking back now, they were an important part of the story that introduced Robert Walton who plays a small but important part in the story of Frankenstein. He carried the story of Frankenstein and his monster with him on his journey and kept him alive. It’s ironic that Walton, a guy who was saying how lonely and sad he was in all of his letters, meets Victor Frankenstein, a man who left the same and created someone to solve that problem. As a reader, many can relate to Walton. Most people my age feel too good for some people and not good enough for others and because of that, it’s hard to find happiness and exactly what you’re looking for. Walton was a lonely man who was ‘too sophisticated for his shipmates but too uneducated for someone who shares his ambitions’.
The first 8 chapters show that Victor is nothing like the man who saved his life even though they share opinions on the people around them. Victor is portrayed in these chapters as a man with a lot of pain in his heart as early on, his mom dies of a sickness. The one person who he cares the world for is his adopted sister. He cares for her in a slightly creepy way but to each their own I guess. Eventually, he gets lost in his studies and shuts out his family to focus on creating “the monster”. By the end of the chapters, Victor shows the reader that he cares more for himself and his personal gain than others as he lets an innocent woman die in place of his creation because letting everyone know he created a monster would destroy his reputation.
Overall, this book peaked my interest after the first few letters. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes the think while they read.
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