Frankenstein Study Guide

Frankenstein Study Guide

Original title:
Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus
Published 2003 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1818)
Orkney Islands, Scotland(United Kingdom)
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ISBN 0141439475 (ISBN13: 9780141439471)

Many authors have pondered upon the future industrial revolution was going to bring to Europe and whole world. Mary Shelley was one of them. Even though she wrote her signature novel, “Frankenstein”, as a part of an informal writing competition, it later became a best-seller and a classic of all times.

Some might say that the book teaches people not to be selfish about our own abilities. The protagonist, scientist Victor Frankenstein decided to test his skills and capability to discover the secret of life by creating an artificial man. After seeing the monster he created, Victor is horrified and runs away from his laboratory. He doesn’t know that the story isn’t over yet and he will long after experience the consequences of his actions.

Made of different body parts, the creature bears no resemblance to being handsome or at least normal. He is condemned to be lonely and always persecuted because no society accepts difference. He doesn’t demand blood and cruelty, but he has no chance to avoid it. His only hope is that his creator repeats the experiment and shapes another creature.

But life is never easy and truth is never simple. The monster becomes too persistent in trying to persuade Victor. The story gets more and more confusing. What if it’s the monster that has killed Victor’s brother? And if he did, does he deserve forgiveness? Did Victor murder his friend and will he survive the tragic health implications of his remorse?

Being a typical gothic novel, “Frankenstein” novel is full of somber scenes and tragic events. But the story leaves a more complex feeling than just a thriller. The resemblance of creator and its creature as well as double morals make the reader wonder long after finishing the last page of a book.

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