Author: Mary Shelley
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Gothic, horror fiction, science fiction
Set in: Late 18th Century
Frankenstein book is written by Mary Shelley who is a British author. The story is set in the 18th century when a scientist creates a man having larger physic than a normal person. Although the monster, created by the scientist Victor Frankenstein, does not have any name, over time people have given him the name “Frankenstein”. Frankenstein novel has a great storyline with philosophical exploration, which has always had an influence across the literature. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has a gothic touch with scenes that have lots of blood. This book has been taking differently by everyone. Some refer to Frankenstein as a monster, while others criticize the man behind it, the scientist, who has played against God. This classic novel has been always a popular science fiction/fantasy novel. In this Frankenstein book analysis, I am going to explain my perspective of the book, and how I took it. This book had me contemplated life that how bad intentions can be destructive for you and the world.
About the Author:
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is a British author, who was born on Aug 30th, 1797 in London. She was a popular novelist for the Romantic genre and one of his classic and famous works, called Frankenstein, has been loved by generations. Marry got married to Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1812 and he died in 1822. After this, Mary worked and published her husband’s poems. Her famous classic novel, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, created its own place across cultures and literature. It’s a work of art that is praised due to the gothic and part philosophical genre. Some of her other books include Valperga (1823), The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck (1830), Lodore (1835), and Falkner (1837).
Analysis and Evaluation
State the main topic of the book and the author’s treatment of it. Also, explain the development of the thesis, using quotes or references.
Frankenstein novel is perfectly treated with au suspenseful and horror touch. Many people might compare it with the other classic novels of Dracula but Frankenstein is completely different and perfect in its own way. Throughout the novel, you get an attachment to the storyline and it makes you think about how anyone can do such a great sin. Creating a Monster! Lots of terrifying things take place that gives you chills and makes you wonder that there is a monster within all of us!
The main theme of the book is that a scientist goes against the will of God and creates a monster. The horrifying things he made him do has no justification as they are pure madness. The things go against nature, the system of universe which might confuse many people. Frankenstein is a unique being who indulges in bad things without knowing their impact or their actions would cause such destruction. Indeed, the man behind all these terrible things is Victor, not his creation. The creature might seem monstrous on the outside but in reality who is evil on the inside? That is Victor Frankenstein, the scientist! The book allows you to go into the minds of characters and feel their emotions. Mary Shelley has done a great job with the storytelling and the structure of the Frankenstein novel. You even get to connect with the “monster” that he still has kindness somewhere because he is only scary-looking from the outside. His actions were coming from somewhere else, triggered by the scientist. Here is a quote:
“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. The feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind.”
Strengths and Weaknesses:
For me, it is a brilliant piece of work by Mary Shelley and this unique style is the biggest strength of this novel. The story grabs your attention from the very start and goes with a flow till the end with multi-layered narration. The book allows you to feel different emotions at different times. There are parts when you will be shocked by the horrifying actions of the characters while at the other times, you will feel compassionate towards Frankenstein.
“I endeavored to crush these fears and to fortify myself for the trial which in a few months I resolved to undergo; and sometimes I allowed my thoughts, unchecked by reason, to ramble in the fields of Paradise, and dared to fancy amiable and lovely creatures sympathizing with my feelings and cheering my gloom; their angelic countenances breathed smiles of consolation. But it was all a dream; no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone. I remembered Adam’s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him”
The connection between the scientist and his creation will give you thrill as they go nomad. They experience freedom in the wilderness and they not bound to feel the societal system. You will enjoy every bit of the novel with a touch of horror and compassion at the same time.
On the other hand, I got a little confused especially when the narration starts with the first four letters that were written by the ship’s captain. Later on, the narration was changed to the perspective of Dr. Victor. Also, there were some parts that were too dragged and more melodramatic to which I was not able to connect.
My Take on the Book:
For me, this Frankenstein novel is one of the best science/gothic fiction reads as it has a superb storyline which is why I decided to write Frankenstein book review. The book is a perfect combination of horror and imagination. I would really recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of horror and science fiction. This book taught me that what we see outside is not always on the inside.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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