So THIS is how it Ends?

 

Author, Mary Shelley

There is no way anyone could have expected an ending that dramatic in the novel Frankenstein.  Mary Shelley hit us with a really interesting conclusion.  Lets just say everyone dies, and I like it.  This ending was so crazy and unexpected that it’s almost impossible not to enjoy it.

Victor just made one too many wrong decisions and everything went spiraling downhill from there.  It’s almost mind boggling how oblivious and outright stupid Victor is in this book.  Why he thought t was a good idea to break his promise with the monster is beyond me, but it does make for a good ending where three people close him were killed in short succession.  Was it his fault?  Oh definitely.  That said, Mary Shelley did a great job making Victor really dumb.

It is just outright hilarious that both the monster and Victor devoted their lives to chasing and being chased after they took everything away from each other.  The fact that after all this time and missed opportunity, Victor finally decides to try to hunt down the monster and dies before he can even find him is very comical to me.  How much sense did that make Victor?

The ending wasn’t all funny though, there was a touch of sadness when the monster cried at Victor’s death (Shelley 241).  This is when he realized there was literally nothing left for him in life.  I think the ending has some very meaningful messages, for example no one deserves to be alone in the world (even the ugliest monster).  The conclusion to Shelley’s novel was very surprising and a breath of fresh air opposed to most books with very cheerful happy endings. The final message of this book is very dark the way I interpret it: although you might have enemies in life, let them be because life is short and you’ll end up in the same place sooner or later.

 

“Mary Shelley.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 May 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Books, 1994.

Tyler Halbert

Man vs Monster: Who Tells it Better?

This is the real debate as we reach the climax of the story where Victor meets his monster for the first time.  I believe the monster has a much better story that is way more interesting than Victor’s, and I’m sure lots of people would agree with me.  To me Victor just seems like a very dull unlikable guy that always mopes around about how horrible his life is meanwhile he caused all of his pain he suffers through. On the other hand, the monster has a very different and far more interesting approach to life than Victor.  The monster tells us about all the things he learned and how he really likes this family that he stalks, and it is actually kind of cute.

The monster just feels so much more cheerful than Victor yet he still has a balance of sadness and dread that ties into the theme of the book.  The monster has a story that really touches us as readers, he has no one to talk to and everyone is afraid of him yet he is so kind and (usually) gentle.  He is aware that everyone thinks he is ugly and scary and that just makes him even more likable, his story reminds me of the “loser kid” in all the high school movies that everyone avoids.

The monster is obviously not nice throughout the whole book though, but he becomes vengeful for good reason.  He ends up hating people after he gets rejected by the family he liked, and swore to take revenge on Victor.  That doesn’t really make the monster evil though does it?  I believe it’s just an eye for an eye, even though the monster may have taken it a little far.  Overall, I find the kind yet vengeful vibe the monster gives off in his point of view much more enjoyable than the “I hate everything” vibe that Victor gives off.

 

Hartston, William. “Frankenstein Day: Top Ten Facts about Mary Shelley’s Monster Creation.” Express.co.uk, Express.co.uk, 30 Aug. 2017, www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/847536/frankenstein-day-top-ten-facts-mary-shelley-monster.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Books, 1994.

Tyler Halbert

What Goes on in Victor’s Head?

 

 

After reading the first eight chapters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein you no doubt wondered, what the heck is wrong with Victor?  is he mentally unstable?  I would argue that he is because he does some questionable things throughout the first portion of the novel.  He wanted to accomplish the impossible, and create life out of death, but why?  He clearly doesn’t want fame because he decides to keep his creation a secret.  Victor is even afraid of the thing he created, so why did he do it to begin with?  I don’t really understand Victor’s thought process in these chapters, after he created his creature he was filled with horror and disgust (Shelly 59).  up until this point in the novel Victor worked so hard and dreamed of the day that he would accomplish this feat, so why the change of heart?  I want to believe that he realized what he had done was wrong, but that is not the case.  The more likely case is that he is scared for his reputation and what people would think of him if they found out.

At this point in the story I don’t think Victor has any sort of kindness or sanity in him.  If Victor was a good person he would have told someone about this “creation” rather than letting it roam free with no guidance.  I believe that keeping a dark secret like that from the world is bound to backfire, and guess what?  It did.  “Nothing of human shape could have destroyed that fair child.  he was the murderer!” furthers my point that this dark secret was a bad one to keep (Shelley 79).  This is Victor’s thoughts to himself as he sees his creation that just killed his brother, and he doesn’t do a thing about it!  I’m almost certain that Victor has little care for anything but himself, because if I SAW the murderer of my brother I would definitely do SOMETHING.  If I were Victor, I would make the complete opposite decisions he makes throughout these chapters, because in my opinion most of them are blatantly dumb.  Yet another example would be during Justine’s trial, where Victor still chooses to not speak out even when there’s a chance people will believe him (Shelly 89).

So, Victor makes all these interesting choices that I’m sure most people would not make, and I am wondering if he will continue to make these choices. What do you think? Will Victor make things better, or worse?  Does this blog change your thoughts on the novel? Let me Know!

 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Books, 1994.

Vovseriozku, Nevosprinimalkin. “Mental Illness.” Mental Illness Brain, 1 Jan. 1970, mentalillness.blago.blogspot.ca/2015/06/mental-illness-brain.html

Tyler Halbert

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