When reading Frankenstein, it’s easy to focus on the monster’s alienation, struggles, and potential disability. He’s also more often than not the receiver of the reader’s sympathy. Seen as deformed, lonely, and abused by a cruel and unforgiving world for no fault of his own, the monster gets all the attention from those who’ve read… Read more Sympathy for Dr. Frankenstein
In the second half of the story we learn about everything that the monster went through, everything he learned and experienced. When he learned about the world and how everything worked he wondered about his mother and father, he wanted to know how he was created. He had stolen the notes that Victor had written… Read more Karma, am I Right?
As I’ve come to find out, there’s apparently a Frankenstein manga made by Junji Ito, who is known for his unsettling horror works. It has some interesting differences from the original story, mainly regarding the companion that Frankenstein was going to make for his creation. In the manga, he actually succeeds in creating her but… Read more The Second Creature
The monster saw my determination in my face and gnashed his teeth in the impotence of anger. “Shall each man,” cried he, “find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were required by detestation and scorn. Man! You may hate,… Read more A Character Change in both Victor and his Creation.
“Urged thus far, I had no choice but to adapt my nature to an element which I had willingly chosen. The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion. And now it is ended; there is my last victim!” (Chapter 24) This quote, specifically the italicized portion, allows the reader to see how the… Read more The Creature’s Self Image
This post is directly inspired by Rose’s post, discussing the frustration of trying to define what it means to be human. You can check it out here. If you were to ask most people who’ve read Frankenstein “Is Frankenstein’s monster human?” it’s reasonable to imagine that most people would answer with a hard no. After… Read more Why isn’t Frankenstein’s monster human?
I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend… Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all humankind sinned against me? I really enjoyed listening to the conversations about good and evil during this week’s Teams Meeting. The question about whether Frankenstein’s creature is truly evil or not can be and has been… Read more Evil Versus Good, Nurture Versus Nature
(This is a week late! It was written from the first part of our Frankenstein reading) Going into any book, I always can’t help but notice how female characters are represented and written. Especially when it comes to older fiction, I usually find that the women are nothing more than side characters or pawns that… Read more Elizabeth’s Objectification and Lack of Autonomy
‘Devil!’ I exclaimed, ‘do you dare approach me? and do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! or rather stay, that I might trample you to dust! and, oh, that I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore the victims whom you so… Read more Mental Health in Frankenstein
1. What does Frankenstein reveal about the importance of companionship? In this text, companionship is shown to be something that is an essential element to the human condition. When the characters in the text find themselves alone, their mental soundness quickly deteriorates. The monster spent much of the novel sharing his story with trying to… Read more Companionship and Revenge: Frankenstein Questions