Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Book - 1987
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-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature
-- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism
-- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index
Publisher: New York : Chelsea House, 1987.
ISBN: 9780877547464
Branch Call Number: 823.7 Shell-M
Characteristics: vii, 173 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bloom, Harold
Alternative Title: Frankenstein


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Aug 05, 2015

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is one of the most famous horror stories of today. Taking place during the 18th century, the book follows the life of Victor Frankenstein and how the result of his horrific experiment affected his life. This is from both primarily Victor’s perspective and the perspective of Captain Robert Walton, who finds Victor while on the way to the North Pole. Victor starts life with a happy childhood, which then leads him to university where he studies with a passion for science and the secret of life. After years of research, Victor begins his experiment to create life out of dead body parts. The creature comes to life, only to be denied by its creator. The escaped experiment escapes causing Victor much grief and eventually affecting everyone in his life. However, the “monster” isn’t what Victor believes it to be.

The modern day image of Frankenstein does not correctly portray the original story. The monster in actuality is a core character that intensifies the plot. On one side, the despairing life of Victor Frankenstein can cause readers to sympathize with the character. As the reader followers Victor, they feel sadness for the continual losses in Victor’s life, and they feel fear from Victor’s perspective of the monster. However, as the story progresses more of the monster is revealed. This plot twist invokes feelings of betrayal, sadness, and even anger towards Victor. Eventually the reader learns of the false fear for the monster and the depressing end to the story. “Frankenstein” is a complex but well written story that all, including those reading it for school, should have no problems with.

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