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Amazement

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When I used to think of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley so many emotions would bubble up, frustration with the main character Victor and his selfishness, empathy and heartbreak for the lonely creature he created, and love for sweet and kind Elizabeth (Victor’s wife). Now that I’ve finished the Gothic novel when I think of it I’m in awe. The fact that someone could’ve thought so far ahead of their time and been so creative to have written this book amazes me. It’s an entirely original idea. How Mary Shelley came across it and created this fantastic and famous novel is beyond me. I write short stories here and there and I couldn’t imagine having come up with an idea like this.

She thought very scientifically, for example the fact that she thought of creating new life by electrocution (in this case lightning), “With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet” (Shelley 58) was phenomenal. You can also tell that for her to write this story she put a lot of thinking into it and didn’t just write it out randomly on paper.

The format of this story is also something I’ve never seen before called a frame story and epistolary. If you aren’t familiar with these terms epistolary is a novel written in a series of documents or letters. A frame story is a narrative with many narrators within it but all the side stories connect in the end. Think of it as the Russian nesting dolls, how there’s a doll within a doll within a doll, you get what I mean. But I thought this was a really unique idea that I’d never seen before, it made the novel much more interesting and gave you a new kind of perspective. I found it more personal and I got a further understanding of the characters this way.

The theme of the entire story; how dangerous knowledge can be is really before her time. It almost foreshadows the future and how we live today. For example artificial intelligence. There are many movies and articles on why it should never be created, yet we still seek the answer to it. This is a perfect example of why we should respect the knowledge we attain instead of misusing it and taking advantage of it. The saying knowledge is power is extremely true, especially in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein because it shows that the power may not be positive or useful but negative and destructive. This theme is a huge lesson that we should all abide by but many people don’t learn from it and strive for the unknown to discover something someone hasn’t and to solve problems that should never be solved. Why we do this I don’t think anyone will ever know but we should start paying attention to the lessons people have been trying to teach us for centuries such as Mary Shelley’s knowledge can be dangerous.

Overall this book completely amazed me and I thoroughly enjoyed it Mary Shelley did a superb job at pulling on your emotions and keeping you enthralled with the book. I’m glad I read it and could learn the many lessons she weaved within this book such as parenting and the importance of it.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

 

 

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Misjudgement

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the first Gothic novel I’ve ever read and so far I am enjoying it. Frankenstein takes you through a spiraling tale of mistakes, miss-communications, and misjudgments, causing you to experience extreme turmoil one second and jovial feelings the next. The characters take you on a terrifyingly insane journey with twists on every road. You sit in nail biting suspense at moments, and the next you’re ready to throw something at the wall out of frustration with the characters. As you know my first blog was ranting about one of the main characters, Victor Frankenstein. This blog is going to be about misjudgments and shallowness, and not being able to look beyond an appearance. In these last few chapters I’ve read it’s been from the creatures perspective and it has been quite interesting. He starts off as a big grotesque creature who really only has the mindset of a child. He goes into a village unaware of his ugliness and the villagers react savagely, throwing things at him, insulting him, and beating him until he flees, “The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel…” (Shelley 112). People despised him and hated him just because of his looks, but he still has feelings and emotions just like any other human, because that in fact is what Victor created him with. When I read this it made me think of a movie that is now in theaters called Wonder, it’s about a boy named August Pullman who has a facial deformity.The preview shows you the many different reactions he gets, including disgust. This boy is facing some of the same things the creature is, being outcast just because of the way you look.

Another example of mankind’s shallowness in this novel is a day when the creature was traipsing through the wood and came upon a beautiful young girl who slipped and fell into a rapid stream, “I rushed from my hiding place and with extreme labour, from the force of the current, saved her and dragged her to shore.” (Shelley 151). What kind of hideous monster would risk it’s life to save another’s? Perhaps one who’s not a monster at all. Now to the shallowness part, the creature repeatedly tried to revive the girl but when her companion came along, he ripped the girl from the creatures arms and ran away. The creature then chased him still hoping to revive the girl when the man turned around and shot him. The creature, who saved this girls life, gets punished for doing so. “This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone.” (Shelley 152). There are so many examples of humans judging humans by their looks, Beauty and The Beast, and one that sticks fresh in my mind is Rigoletto. A man with half his face scarred and deformed, opens his house to children in the community and helps them in many ways, but when a child gets hurt from falling into a damn, he takes her into town to get help so she can be saved and the townspeople then accuse him of killing her. He is then beaten and killed by the townspeople. In both these cases they had saved the girl, and got punished for it. Why is it that humanity does this? That they have to judge and only care for appearances?

I hope  this blog has opened your eyes to the fact that looks aren’t everything, and to look beyond them. So I  leave you with this, the humans judge, despise, hurt and kill these ‘monsters’ but does that not make them the monsters?

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

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A Frank Rant

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Hey there! Have you ever read a book where you despised the main character? That is what Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is. Victor Frankenstein is a selfish, arrogant man who takes no responsibility for his actions. He created life, he animated a dead body, but shied away in fear of the grotesque look of the being he created. He looked at his creation as a monster, a beast, and fled: “his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips….. but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.”(Shelley 58-59) He then told no one about what he did and didn’t care for the monster who in reality is just a child.  This causes the monster to become bitter because Victor abandoned it instead of raising it with love and affection as you would a child. Yet Victor hates it because of it’s mere ugliness, only seeing what’s before his eyes instead of what’s beyond that, the monster doesn’t know what it looks like, it doesn’t know why it’s being neglected.

He keeps the creature a secret in order to save face, because he doesn’t want to face the shame. He’s so concerned about this fact that he lets a young innocent girl die. He then leaves the creature on its own, all alone and confused, and not knowing anything. But for these chapters it’s in Victors perspective and as I keep reading I get more and more disgusted. He speaks of his guilt and unhappiness, the horrible feelings that swallow him, yet none of those feelings would be there if he had spoken up and got help, or not even had the audacity to try and recreate life. I cannot wait until I get to the part where I can read the story from the monster’s perspective. I feel that it will be very interesting to hear the creature’s point of view, and what it’s like having to figure everything out on it’s own. So I will keep fuming about Victor until my next post and by then I will hopefully be on the monsters point of view. I hope you liked this post, see you soon.

 

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

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