The book “Frankenstein”, written by Mary Shelly, is a story about a man, Victor Frankenstein who is a scientist of natural philosophy. Frankenstein, having attended university, wanted to create life. He was obsessed in the process of creating his hideous monster. He used cadaver body parts and knowledge of chemistry and electricity to give it life. Now let’s take a step back for a minute and look at the story as though victor was a woman and we will call her Victoria Frankenstein. In this Blog we are going to look on the flip side of things and listen to Victoria’s side.
Women in the gothic era were not treated as women are presently. Women were viewed as property, they were not able to attend university and expected to be pretty, innocent, and let’s face it a little bit ditzy. For instance, if you were to look at Disney’s character snow white this would be your typical gothic era woman. Men on the other hand could go out and have jobs, earn money, go to school or university, which is just what Victor did. In the introduction to Elizabeth as a character in Chapter one Victor described her as “All praises bestowed upon her I received as made to a possession of my own.” (Shelley,34) Victor believed her to be his property and cared for her too deeply.
Now let’s say Victoria is like your average gothic era woman. She is pretty, selfless, loving and caring. She loves science and is super smart. Victoria adores reading, is determined and she’s got a little bit of spice to her. Now since Victoria is just so into science, she really wants to create a creature using the power of science, (like victor did). She has read so many science books and texts and is now knowledgeable enough to put the petal to the metal and follow through with her experiment. Since it was kind of a crazy idea and especially for a woman, Victoria really had to hide what she was doing after all if the people in Geneva found out about her little experiment, they would assume she was absolutely mad! So away she went, and she did it, she made the creature come to life. But there was a problem, this creature was hideous! She was frightened and astonished by him at first. Victoria’s female caring nature helped her to be an excellent creator of the monster’s character. She nurtured him and taught him all the things he needed to be a member of society so that he could be trusted by the towns people.
So, let’s go over how the two stories would end differently. Both Victor and Victoria created the hideous monster but, they were very different. Victor was afraid of the monster and abandoned him which left him sad, alone angry seeking revenge. Victors monster was shunned by people and lonely. The monster was kept a secret because Victor was afraid that people would think he was crazy. Victorias monster was different, he was scary looking but had a big heart and was gentle. She celebrated her creation and introduced him to society and therefore had no fear of what people would think. So, who knows maybe Victoria and the monster could then fall in love and live happily everafter.
In conclusion, we can learn from the two different endings of the story that people learn from their environment and life experiences and you can’t judge a book by its cover. Victor was scared and he abandoned the monster and Victoria showed the monster love no matter how ugly or scary he was.