Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is much deeper than what is portrayed through the modern film versions. I grew up thinking of Frankenstin as a monster that was created for Halloween, never could I have imagined there was so much meaning behind the true story of Frankenstien…
Portrait of Authour Mary Shelley
First of all, Frankenstein isn’t even the name of the creature….it’s name is… well it doesn’t have one. What does this tell you about its creator? The creature is not as dumb and lethargic as what is portrayed in films; it teaches itself, and becomes aggressive only because of its sense of abandonment and lonlieness. The story is filled with lessons of life and even love. It explores the world of the gothic era with Shelley’s style of writing; capturing the essence of darkness and mystery that is present throughout the entire novel.
Why read this you ask? Well if you want to explore a different aspect of literature, Frankenstein is the way to go…I had never read anything from the gothic era before, and I have to admit, the style of writing is evident and it makes for a very interesting and challenging read. By reading Frankenstein you will develop a new found understanding and appreciation of this monster that we all have grown up with… you will be able to witness the story of the original ‘creature’ before it was ‘hollywoodized’ by our modern day society. When reading the novel you will be presented with a story that will challenge your thoughts and you will rely upon yourself to think outside of what you have already learned about the creature… you will be forced to push aside your misconceptions, and suprisingly enough, even feel pity for the creature.
I believe Frankenstein should be a part of an Intro. to literature course because I think that it is a good example of so many important aspects of literature… it draws in its readers using a dark sense of writing which creates an excellent setting in which the story takes place; it causes the reader to challenge their beliefs of culture, society, life and love and overall it is an excellent introduction to gothic literature.
Hollywood’s version of the creature