Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

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A young Swiss scientist's discovery of the cause of generation leads to the creation of a hideous monster.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Signet Classics, 2013.
ISBN: 9780451532244
Branch Call Number: F Shel
Characteristics: xiv, 257 p. ; 18 cm.


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DCPL_Teens Oct 12, 2018

Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.

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Sep 17, 2020

This book kept me turning every page for a hope at happiness for Victor. I am honestly speechless and at a lost for words. Read the book and you will feel the same way. Absolutely stunning.

Aug 19, 2020

A contemplative monster story. Real heart and soul in the writing.

Aug 09, 2020

Frankenstein is an undoubtedly expressive way to portray the implications of someone not taking responsibility for their actions. It follows Victor, of whose character some may be inclined to label the moniker ‘mad scientist’; Victor explores science just enough to desire to take on the task of synthesizing a sort of powerful creature which he can have to himself, but upon its creation, he can barely face the monster. Shelley does a fantastic job of telling the story and accentuating the main plot, but Frankenstein is certainly not exactly an easy read. For instance, Frankenstein has several different frames of view, and it is a complex frame story (a story within a story within a story) as one character tells a story to another character, and the story involves a character narrating a story to another, and so on. A reader can easily be confused as to which story is being told by which character. The complex language doesn't really help either. If younger kids, possibly even young teenagers were to read this work, they would almost certainly need a very literate adult to help them break down events and understand the story better. However, it's a great story with some nice lessons, and it is certainly worth the time spent analyzing it.

Jul 23, 2020

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text is a classic example of where the movie adaptation of a novel is extremely different from the original text. While there is a Monster and quite a bit of death in Frankenstein, in my opinion (at least by modern standards) Frankenstein is not a horror novel. Instead, Shelley explores much more complex, philosophical themes about the distinction between good and evil and what exactly makes people human in the context of a possibly misunderstood monster and its creator.

One of my favorite elements of Frankenstein was Shelley’s writing. She so eloquently describes each character and their desires, motivations, and emotions. She can make you empathize with even the most wretched of characters, like the Monster. Furthermore, while it may be subdued at times, Shelley writes with this feminist voice that sheds light on the importance of women in society.

Personally, I think the key to enjoying Frankenstein is reading it without the mentality that it will be a carbon copy of the movie. I think the sooner you stop eagerly waiting for an action scene and being bored and frustrated when there is not one, the sooner you are able to better appreciate the slight nuisances in Shelly’s writing and the novel for what it is instead of what you hope it will be. At least that was my experience with reading Frankenstein, but for others, this advice may not even be applicable. Nevertheless, Frankenstein was still an enjoyable read and I would recommend others.

Jun 14, 2020

Frankenstein is one of the most famous Gothic horror novels that has ever existed simply because it deals with an integral question humans have asked for quite a long time: what exactly constitutes life? The story follows a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who pursues the ability to create life. He manages to actually create an animate being (out of mismatched cadavers from a nearby cemetery, don’t ask how), and then he promptly abandons his creation out of fear. Frankenstein refuses to acknowledge his creation, who is now sentient and well-versed in French, upon which the monster begins to ruin Frankenstein’s life in the worst ways possible. Frankenstein has been immensely popular for around 202 years because it challenges the definition of humanity and shows the dangers of science gone wrong. The descriptive imagery successfully allows the reader to feel Victor’s helplessness and anguish as everything falls apart around him, and it makes the reader feel compassion for Victor. Even though some readers might yell at their books because of Victor’s many mistakes, like reanimating the dead (which generally should not be a thing people do), Frankenstein is one of many classic books that is a must-read.

May 22, 2020

During a voyage to the North Pole, a crew of expeditioners rescue a man in the ice. The man, Victor Frankenstein, begins to tell the captain of his story, recounting the events from his childhood to creating a reanimated creature that he is now in pursuit of. Frankenstein is a chilling, gothic tale that dives into the mystery of bringing creatures back to life, and of the consequences Victor undergoes for creating and abandoning the creature. I liked this book greatly as it showed humanity in the creature, something he would forever be denied, as well as selfishness in Victor, and his refusal to help. This story, unique in its own making, is a classic that one should read at least once in their lifetime.

Apr 08, 2020

An excellent gothic horror poetically written in the Romantic style of the 1800s and intermingled with deep moral philosophy. A great read for pleasure or for study.

esimpat Mar 27, 2020

In the quest for greatness and notoriety, Victor Frankenstein, a young university student, discovers the genesis of life and creates a man in his laboratory. Isolating himself for years to accomplish his experiment only to experience extreme loathing at what he has created. The story then transpires as to the choices made by the characters in a way that does not condemn nor deify the act but allows the reader to make their own assessments.
At face value the story contemplates the morality and consequences of creating life but the narrative examines these issues with different perspectives that takes a deeper look at man’s struggle with right/wrong, compassion or lack thereof, status, and revenge. It is a story that is relevant even today as we stand on the cutting edge of science and its dilemmas in regard to any consequences to humanity in the name of progress.
Frankenstein is a book to read once and then perhaps read again later.

Dec 17, 2019

Shelley’s work has been cited as evidence against everything from GMO to AI. However, while I do think man-playing-god-gone-wrong is a central theme, there are several other ones I wish to dwell upon.⁣⁣
The first has to do with the dichotomy of good and evil. Frankenstein believes that the monster is evil because he is not human, but the latter argues it is because of the treatment he has received. In other words, it is a matter of nature versus nurture, and the book seems to lean towards the latter. ⁣⁣
However, what’s interesting is that as a monster, there is technically nothing wrong with killing humans. After all, don’t the humans hunt hares also, and not even notice when we step on bugs while walking? The good and evil is no longer a definite concept here, but rather dependent on identity and perspective. ⁣⁣
The second concerns the definition of humanity. Throughout the novel, both main characters remain obsessed with social connections. Frankenstein would rather die than tell people of his creation, and the monster first falls due to human rejection and later takes revenge through eliminating his creator’s connections. Thus, the definition of humanity here does not seem to be physical, as Frankenstein insists, but rather social. ⁣⁣
Lastly, we know Frankenstein is compared to god and the monster to Adam, but Frankenstein also describes his experiment to the original sin by saying “the apple was already eaten.” So he, too, is Adam. Through playing god and creating Adam, god himself has also fallen. Through creating a monster, Frankenstein has also become one himself. ⁣⁣

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Dec 11, 2019

It was good when I owned it, but I don't like books when I read them the second time.

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Dec 29, 2010

The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.


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I ought to be thy Adam


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