frankenstein

title: Frankenstein

author: Mary Shelley

genre: Fiction, horror,  reanimation

dates read: April 22nd – April 24th

review: 4 of 5 stars

summary: Captain Robert Walton writes to his sister about his journey to the North Pole.  His tale becomes more exciting when he comes across a man, Victor Frankenstein, whom they rescue from a fragment of ice.  He and the crew care for Frankenstein.  Seeing in Walton a reflection of his own ambitions, Frankenstein shares his tale as a warning: what began as a scientific curiosity turns out to be his worst nightmare.

personal thoughts: This was obviously not a happy tale.  I was prepared for it.  What I was not prepared for was the sadness I felt for the “fiend” and “monster.”  I think I’d drawn my knowledge of Frankenstein and the story of the monster from parodies of the real thing.  The height from which Victor Frankenstein fell was quite sad to see, but the story of his monster made me think twice.  I have no idea if this was the author’s intent, but I think it could be seen as powerful commentary on our distrust of things we don’t understand and the cruelty and prejudice of humanity towards those who are different.

favorite quotes:
“Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid.” p. 1

“What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?” p. 5

“excessive sorrow prevents improvement or enjoyment, or even the discharge of daily usefulness, without which no man is fit for society.” p. 40

“when falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?” p. 41

“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!” p. 85

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