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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read At the age of eighteen, Mary Shelley, while staying. Frankenstein or. The Modern Prometheus. Mary Shelley. First published in The text of this edition is from the revised edition of This web edition. The world's most famous work of horror fiction: a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by.

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.

A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs. Pursuing these reflections, I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time although I now found it impossible renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.

As gorgeous as the prose is, I thought it a crime not to include at least one quote. No other approach could have possibly conveyed the majesty and significance of the achievement, because we would have known it was bullshit.

Shelley did it perfectly…which leads me nicely into… Seven: The corny, slapdash lightning scene is entirely a work of Hollywood? Are you kidding me? All of it bunk. Eight: Speaking of tools, Victor Frankenstein is a giant one.

As far as I am concerned, he is clearly the villain of the piece. I liked and even admired Victor in the beginning of the story and found his personal journey compelling.

The creature has often been mistakenly called "Frankenstein".

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In one author said "It is strange to note how well-nigh universally the term "Frankenstein" is misused, even by intelligent people, as describing some hideous monster". This also occurs in Frankenstein films, including Bride of Frankenstein and several subsequent films, as well as in film titles such as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Furthermore, the film Son of Frankenstein introduced an evil laboratory assistant, Ygor Bela Lugosi , who never existed in the original narrative. Victor Frankenstein's name[ edit ] Mary Shelley maintained that she derived the name Frankenstein from a dream-vision.

Despite her public claims of originality, however, a number of other sources have been suggested as Shelley's actual inspiration. There is also a castle called Frankenstein in Bad Salzungen , Thuringia, and a municipality called Frankenstein in Saxony.

It was at this castle that a notorious alchemist, Conrad Dippel , had experimented with human bodies, and Florescu reasons that Mary suppressed mention of her visit in order to maintain her public claim of originality.

Day supports Florescu's position that Mary Shelley knew of and visited Frankenstein Castle before writing her debut novel. In addition, Shelley's portrayal of the monster owes much to the character of Satan in Paradise Lost; indeed, the monster says, after reading the epic poem, that he empathizes with Satan's role in the story.

There are many similarities between Victor and Percy Shelley, Mary's husband. Victor was a pen name of Percy Shelley's, as in the collection of poetry he wrote with his sister Elizabeth, Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire.

Percy had a sister named Elizabeth; Victor had an adopted sister named Elizabeth. On 22 February , Mary Shelley gave birth to a baby two months prematurely, and the baby died two weeks later.


Percy did not care about the condition of this premature infant and left with Claire, Mary's stepsister, for a lurid affair. Modern Prometheus[ edit ] The Modern Prometheus is the novel's subtitle though some modern editions now drop the subtitle, mentioning it only in an introduction.

He made a being in the image of the gods that could have a spirit breathed into it. Prometheus, being the creator, took back the fire from Zeus to give to man. When Zeus discovered this, he sentenced Prometheus to be eternally punished by fixing him to a rock of Caucasus , where each day an eagle would peck out his liver, only for the liver to regrow the next day because of his immortality as a god.

He was intended to suffer alone for eternity, but eventually Heracles Hercules released him. Prometheus was also a myth told in Latin, but was a very different story. In this version Prometheus makes man from clay and water, again a very relevant theme to Frankenstein, as Victor rebels against the laws of nature how life is naturally made and as a result is punished by his creation.

In , Edison Studios released the first motion-picture adaptation of Shelley's story.

Victor's work by creating man by new means reflects the same innovative work of the Titan in creating humans. Some have argued that Mary Shelley saw Prometheus not as a hero but rather as something of a devil, and blamed him for bringing fire to man and thereby seducing the human race to the vice of eating meat fire brought cooking which brought hunting and killing.

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The term "Modern Prometheus" was actually coined by Immanuel Kant in reference to Benjamin Franklin and his experiments with electricity. Mary is likely to have acquired some ideas for Frankenstein's character from Humphry Davy 's book Elements of Chemical Philosophy, in which he had written that "science has The Creature also quotes a passage of the poem.

His name has never appeared as the author of the poem although other poets are cited by name in the novel, implying that Mary wrote the poem and developed the psychological ideas. Another potential reason is to conceal his contributions to the novel. At the university, Victor meets his professors M.

Krempe and M. For two years, Victor becomes very involved with his studies, even impressing his teachers and fellow students. He devises a plan to re-create and reanimate a dead body.

He uses a combination of chemistry, alchemy, and electricity to make his ambition a reality. After bringing the creature to life, Victor feels guilty that he has brought a new life into the world with no provisions for taking care of the " monster.


The monster wanders the countryside while Victor seeks solace in a tavern near the university. Henry Clerval appears to save Victor and restore him to health.Through the Eyes of the Monster Van Helsing.

As human beings, we see our lives as a narrative, ourselves as the hero, and we look for villains to blame for our short-comings. He was intended to suffer alone for eternity, but eventually Heracles Hercules released him. No other approach could have possibly conveyed the majesty and significance of the achievement, because we would have known it was bullshit.

For amusement, one evening, they challenged each other into writing the scariest ghost story they could come up with.

It is an entwined tragedy, a double tragedy between the man and his creation, and it's never quite clear who is at fault, who is the villain, and who is the wretch. James Gunn and Matthew Candelaria. download the Ebook: Ultimately it is Frankenstein who must answer for the monstrous act committed by his creation. Again and again, the pleasant surface is favored over the ill-formed; the unknown depths to remain unknowable.

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