As a person that is not a fan of reading, my initial thought of this book was “Oh, great! Just another book that I would have no interest in.” Although, the first four letters and eight chapters made me think otherwise.
Letters 1-4, One of the longest, toughest parts to read, especially since it’s the beginning of the book. The man who wrote the letters, Mr. Robert Walton was a very pleasant writer. All of the letters written were easy to follow, yet in detail of his adventure he was taking. I could tell imediately this book was based on a family aspect and how much family meant not only to Walton himself, but the other characters as well later on into the book. Furthermore, in these letters, more focusing on letter two, Walton goes onto explain how he’s feeling alone, ” I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy.” (Shelley, 18). Again, this is relating back to the family aspect of the book and how he wishes he could have had Margaret with him, and the fact that this novel has a family relation to it, I was more intrigued by the idea and wanted to continue reading.
Chapters 1-8 on the other hand, gave me some different thoughts. The main character was introduced- Victor Frankenstein, my impression of the novel changed with the blink of an eye. Victor, in my opinion is a very self-centred person, not caring about anyone else after what he was taught about the ‘secret life’ and focused primarily on himself and his creation- the monster. When it comes to a character in a book it makes me think that the whole book will just be ruined, not even worth reading on, but, as I read further into chapters 5 and 6 when the monster was created, I was glad there was another character to maybe attract more to, relate to, and hopefully like a little more then I did Victor, and sure enough, I did.
To conclude my thoughts, I am a major fan of the deferent themes that appear throughout the book, even though I am not a huge fan of Victor (just like some other readers also), I have a feeling the rest of the book will all come together in the end and I will throughly enjoy the content.