“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”
We enter the novel, reading letters from traveler to sister, the traveler rescues some poo soul (that turns out to be Victor Frankenstein), and eventually we get told the story from Victors point of view.
After the loss of his mother, Victor Frankenstein travels to the University of Ingolstadt, Germany, to study the sciences, and becomes captivated with how the body works. He uses what he learns to bring life to a monster, a hodge-podge of human parts.
Frankenstein detests what he had created. The monster is without creator, without companionship, left on his own to figure out his existence.
I want to start off saying that I am impressed with the fact that Mary Shelley was only 18 when she wrote Frankenstein.
In the beginning of the novel, I was bored, honestly. There were the letters to start the story off, all the details that I wasn’t even sure were needed (and still think some may not have been).
However, the further I read, the more I enjoyed it.
The lessons you receive throughout. And the feelings! My emotions were so mixed up with Frankenstein’s monster: pity, sorrow, love….
My heart broke for this “wretch.” He is so well written throughout the entire story. He is a child with deformities needing to be loved, casted aside by his parents. He is a “lesser” being, created by mistake, unwanted, unloved. He has these emotions and can’t quite deal with them properly… he throws a destructive temper tantrum. Any attention is wanted/craved, even if its negative attention.
To me, Victor was the villain in the story. Don’t get me wrong… his drive was admirable and his journey interesting. He was a genius, with “mad scientist” focus, in the beginning, to accomplish his goals. Once he finished his task, and gave life to this creature is when he started to take on the villainous roll.
The way he treated his creation was disgusting. That being said, I could see and somewhat understand Frankenstein’s position. Same with the monster. Two wrongs don’t make a right and all that jazz.
The ending destroyed me. I was not expecting that at all. Reconciliation without any actual resolution.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Shelley kept it a secret of how Frankenstein actually gave life to this creature.
WHAT!? Yep, the lightning was totally a Hollywood thing. I was actually a little sad about this fact. I was, however, glad that there **spoiler** was no windmill fire. Oh! And not to mention that fact that Frankenstein’s monster was actually an eloquent speaker… like wtf? I thought it was mostly grunts, was shocked that he spoke, and French at that!
After everything was said and done, I rated Frankenstein three stars. Like I said, it was a bit boring in the beginning, and some of the wording threw me off (time period I guess). But I definitely think this should be a must read.