When reading any novel or book I try to relate parts throughout, where I can, to my life to gain a further understanding of the meaning of whatever took place or happened. I have noticed that throughout the initial chapters there are a lot of areas and situations that I found are relatable to aspects of my life. I find that people can misunderstand me when I say or do things and take them the wrong way; this relates to Frankenstein’s Monster. He doesn’t mean any harm to people or Victor but he is mistaken for a deadly, disgusting and mean monster and no one will give him a chance just because of the way he looks. Another connection I can make from the book to my life, is that Victor Frankenstein reminds me of my friend Rodrigo. Rodrigo is very hard to persuade when he has his mind set on something, and he is the one to “judge a book by its cover” as victor did to his monster. Relating Victor to Rodrigo really helped me understand and visualize what he’s like in the book and what his motives and thought patterns are. Frankenstein’s Monster also reminds me of grade 9’s on the first day of school; they show up to an unfamiliar place that they have no clue what it is like and get judged and criticized by the seniors, just as Frankenstein’s monster was by the people, and the seniors who want nothing to do with them. “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed. When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was, and gratitude assisted the development of filial love.” (Shelley 2.3) this quote really help me relate to Victor because i felt i had the same amazing childhood with loving parents just as he did. in conclusion I find that this book is very easy to find connections to mine especially, but overall anyone’s everyday life.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.