Frankenstien… In The Modern Day?

This novel is based in the romantic era, with gothic content and such. Not something written in our times. Well, lets say this novel was written using modern language, with the use of modern technology, something a reader today would enjoy. What would you think?

Lets break it down, this novel is written in the romantic era, an era filled with gothic, horrific things. In this day, I’d say what were far from topics like that in todays era. So, the difference between Frankenstein then and Frankenstein now would be huge! Imagine if Frankenstein’s creation was created using a real human, how would the story change? Or, if it was created as a robot, how would that change the way the book is from beginning to end?  It’s a crazy thing to think or even imagine the difference that would be made.

This novel was written over 200 years ago, so changing all of the aspects, both big and little would have affect on the story tremendously. But, in my opinion changing the story into current times, the story just wouldn’t be the same as we know it. Frankenstein is a novel that can never be replaced with anything other then itself. Its a known, loved story that will never will be replaced by anything else, a classic that will never die,

Is The Monster Really a Monster?

I know, crazy right? A hideous, mean (or so we think), green, HUGE monster that is created to be an actual monster, doesn’t turn out to be an actual monster? I know, a tongue twister, but just give that a thought. A plot twist if I do say so myself, heres my reasoning to why I personally assume the monster isn’t quite what you think he is, and the genuine monster could be someone else.

The biggest, number one reason why I believe the creation isn’t the actual monster is how hard it tries to fit in society, noticing villagers emotions, how they interact and even learned how to communicate with them. “They were not entirely happy. The young man and his companion often went apart and appeared to weep. I saw no cause for their unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it.” (Shelley 105). The creation took onto human actions and wanted to fit in more to society, which makes me believe he’s more of a human, then a monster.

Another reason I believe the creation isn’t an actual monster is how much emotion it has, and how it is not afraid to show it. Now, for being created to be a monster you’d assume there would be no emotion or feelings involved considering the fact monsters are supposed to be the total opposite, but, the creation reflects on his past and realizes his emotions, “I cannot describe the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge.” (115) . Its emotions show how he’s trying to be more human like, rather then a mean monster that it was created to be.

Now, the real question is.. Is Victor Frankenstein himself the actual monster? In my opinion, yes. Victor is the real monster. His creation was created to be a ‘mirrored image’  of himself, which in the long run backfired on his end and the creation looks to be turning out better then he is. But, that is just my opinion.

 

 

Franken-Thoughts: My First Impression

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.