Book: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Rating: 4/5

Frankenstein-Mary Shelley

The novel is a narration by the protagonist Victor Frankenstein. Victor is born in a family in Geneva that is distinguished and he is brought up with love and care. The humanitarian and considerate nature of his parents induces the values of patience, charity and self-control in him. As Victor grows up, his thirst of knowledge makes him move to the Ingolstadt University. Things seem to be fine till the desire of experimentation and research leads Victor to create a horrifying man-like creature from his own imagination and put life into him. Realizing the horror of his own creation, Victor flees to return home just to confront the horrifying fact that his creation has committed the crime of a murder. Investigations begin and Victor guilty of himself for creating the heinous crime, keeps on repenting. Meanwhile, the monster requests his creator to create a companion who will be there for him. Victor refuses. What happens next? This keeps up the curiosity of the reader till the end. What is the result of this blunder that Victor has committed? Does it just stop at one murder? Does Victor manage to reveal this truth to his family? How does he face himself, his creation and the world? Why does Victor, who is brought up with morals and values get tempted to create a monster? The novel delves into the positive and negative aspects of human mind.

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Social/Historical context:

Frankenstein is written by Mary Shelley, the wife of poet P.B. Shelley. The novel was first published in 1818 and the second edition was published in 1823. This classic is one of its own kinds that encompass the elements of Gothic novel as well as those of a science fiction. It also brings into light the psychological and ethical aspects of human mind and brain when dealing with scientific inventions and discoveries.

Writing Style:

The novel begins in an epistolary form as a correspondence through a series of letters between Captain Robert Walton and his sister Margaret Walton Saville. The narrative by Victor comes in as the second phase and the novel is finally concluded by Captain Walton. This enables the author to portray various points of views. The construction of the plot is clear and easy to understand and the language is simple making it effortless for the readers to connect to the theme and characters.

My Thoughts:

I find the novel to be interesting, simple and one that keeps the reader engaged and curious. The plot moves smoothly without any complex turns. As suggested by numerous reviewers, the novel does appear to be a science fiction of the earlier times. At some places the description of the monster and the fears of Victor make it appear to be a horror, but more than the Gothic theme, the novel appears to be more of fiction to me.

Book Reviewed by Snehal Yerawadekar

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