When my teacher said we’d be reading Frankenstein this year, I was dreading it. I thought this book was gonna be another old boring book enjoyed only by historians and teachers but after reading the letters and first few chapters, I quickly realized this book is a book that can be enjoyable for anyone and is actually a very interesting and thought provoking book.
The letters were a little boring at first but the last letter added suspense by introducing Victor and the story of the monster into the story and looking back now, they were an important part of the story that introduced Robert Walton who plays a small but important part in the story of Frankenstein. He carried the story of Frankenstein and his monster with him on his journey and kept him alive. It’s ironic that Walton, a guy who was saying how lonely and sad he was in all of his letters, meets Victor Frankenstein, a man who left the same and created someone to solve that problem. As a reader, many can relate to Walton. Most people my age feel too good for some people and not good enough for others and because of that, it’s hard to find happiness and exactly what you’re looking for. Walton was a lonely man who was ‘too sophisticated for his shipmates but too uneducated for someone who shares his ambitions’.
The first 8 chapters show that Victor is nothing like the man who saved his life even though they share opinions on the people around them. Victor is portrayed in these chapters as a man with a lot of pain in his heart as early on, his mom dies of a sickness. The one person who he cares the world for is his adopted sister. He cares for her in a slightly creepy way but to each their own I guess. Eventually, he gets lost in his studies and shuts out his family to focus on creating “the monster”. By the end of the chapters, Victor shows the reader that he cares more for himself and his personal gain than others as he lets an innocent woman die in place of his creation because letting everyone know he created a monster would destroy his reputation.
Overall, this book peaked my interest after the first few letters. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes the think while they read.