With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.
Frankenstein — Mary Shelley Forget the Hollywood image of the monster with bolts in his neck, Frankenstein, written by the then 18 year old Mary Shelley, is an intriguing read as well as a morality tale, still as relevant for today, if not more so. The tale also illustrates the dangers of judging people — to paraphrase Martin Luther King — by how they look and not by the content of their character; and that if you shun people simply because they look differently from you, the anger and resentment you sow will inevitably come back to haunt you.
Frankenstein was written while Mary Shelley was in Switzerland with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and was first published anonymously in We hear of Frankenstein via letters by a Captain Walton — who meets Victor Frankenstein while on his own journey for glory in the freezing north seas.
Like Frankenstein, he too is exploring unchartered territory and in so doing is likewise leading himself and his crew into possible death.
Frankenstein is clearly a highly intelligent and capable young man. Even towards the end of the novel when he is an emotional and physical wreck and on the point of death, Captain Walton concludes: He seems to feel his own worth and the greatness of his fall.
In other words, he decides to play god. It is this monomania which Shelley warns us against. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved, Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered more gradually; and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.
That this creature is hideous is without doubt: However, we never get a detailed description of him. His image is left mainly to our own imagination.
All we really know about him is his yellow, watery eyes and the fact that he is unusually tall and superhumanly agile and strong, able to live in the most inhospitable places on earth and climb an almost perpendicular mountain: Throughout the novel the monster is shunned, first by his creator Frankenstein and then by society.
That at first he has noble qualities is without doubt.
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He is intelligent, eloquent, persuasive and sensitive. He is initially empathetic to the needs of others around him. He refuses to steal their food when he realises how little the cottagers have; instead he goes out and collects wood for them and clears their footpath of snow.
His empathy is such that he is sad when they are sad, happy when they are happy. He imagines winning them over, gaining their love and finally no longer being alone.
However, the De Laceys are so horrified by his appearance in the cottage that they refuse to live there anymore. It is then he decides to seek out his creator and sets off on his path of murderous revenge.
Just as when the creature puts his hand in the fire and realises that something, that provides warmth, can also cause pain, so knowledge can both help and be an affliction for mankind.
We also see the proof of the adage that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. There is no doubt that Frankenstein wanted to help his fellow man.
He is wracked by guilt, feeling that he is the true murderer of William and Justine. I had been the author of unalterable evils; and I lived in daily fear, lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness.
He promises Frankenstein that he will cease hostilities and go into exile in South America, far away from any place inhabited by man. Frankenstein at first agrees. As Frankenstein says at the beginning of the novel, unaware of how true a statement it will prove to be. Mary Shelley depicts the grief over losing a loved one with great feeling and sensitivity.
It was something she must have felt only too keenly. Her mother, the famous radical thinker Mary Wollstonecraft had died soon after her birth, and by the time of writing Frankenstein Shelley had already lost a child. When Frankenstein mourns the death of his best friend, Henry Clerval, the sentiments are movingly depicted.
Is this gentle and lovely being lost forever? Has this mind, so replete with ideas, imaginations fanciful and magnificent, which formed a world, whose existence depended on the life of its creator;—has this mind perished? Does it now only exist in my memory? No, it is not thus; your form so divinely wrought, and beaming with beauty, has decayed, but your spirit still visits and consoles your unhappy friend.Mary W.
Shelley, Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) Frankenstein is an old classic about a scientist who creates a monster and the awful events he unintentionally causes. Victor Frankenstein is a hard-working young man at university who discovers how to give life to an inanimate body and uses his knowledge .
In the movies, Frankenstein’s monster is the villain, but in the novel one is as likely to see the doctor, Victor Frankenstein, as the true villain. Besides being readable for early 19th century prose, the story is loaded with morality tales that don’t draw attention to themselves—those are the best kind.
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Victor Lighthouses and Lifesaving on Washington's Outer Coast, William S Hanable. The monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a thing to be feared. The story around the creation of this classic novel is almost as good as the tale itself.
One evening, an year old Mary Shelley, along with Lord Byron, and her husband the poet Percy Shelley, decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story.