Frankenstein Book Review


Mackenzie Dahl , Opinions

In 1816, 18-year-old Mary Shelly wrote the famous Novel Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. It was published two years later and came to become one of the most popular horror-scientific books of its century. This book tells a good storyline and does a fantastic job of portraying the logistics behind the actions of Viktor Frankenstein. 

The book begins by telling the story of the history behind Viktor’s parents’ childhood and then his own. Viktor had grown up in a good household with loving and supportive parents. He was surrounded by good people and had positive influences throughout his adolescence. Viktor was the typical boy raised in Geneva, Switzerland, but as time went on, he pondered upon the idea of what he wanted to study in his future. 

He had been contemplating what he wanted to study when suddenly, he witnessed lightning hit a tree and watched the series of events unfold. He was fascinated by this, and it was this event that assured Viktor he wanted to study sciences. After going away to college for some years, he had dug himself into a deep hole by attempting to create life out of dead body parts. He had been working at a morgue while in college to have easy access to materials for his experiment. Viktor was unaware his fascinations had got the best of him, and he had no longer been doing this solely out of passion. 

Once his creation finally works, Viktor runs away from the creature and leaves him in his apartment. He had been scared to return to the consequences of his own actions, but when he finally returned home, the creature had vanished. The creature had no knowledge, was scared, and, most importantly, was unwelcomed by anyone due to his looks. During this vulnerable time for the creature, Viktor continued to hide from his creation. The actions Viktor chose likely change the way the reader perceives him. How others treated the creature from the second he came to life made him into who he was. He had always felt ignored, and iscolated, and not even his creator wanted to take responsibility for creating his life.  

The creature had been referred to as a monster, so that was how he saw himself. He had no one to show him the ways of the world, so his experiences were all he had known. This book does an amazing job showing the social impacts one may endure with a lack of education. The creature also lacked support, which, in the end, made him seek revenge on his creator. Once the creature realized how a typical person had people who loved and cared for them, he despised Viktor for running away from his creation. Shelly does a great job at showing how even today, you want to own up to your mistakes before they start to follow you. 

Shelly, M. (1953). Frankenstein /mary Shelly. Playmore Inc.