When it comes to the science fiction and horror genres, there isn’t any story that can beat Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It includes all the classic sci-fi themes we all know and love, including a Monster, mad scientist, and crazy-times.
I read this book a few years ago, and just recently re-read it. It was definitely one of those “why didn’t I read this sooner” type of books. I absolutely loved it, and it has given me inspiration for my next tattoo!
Let’s take a look at the story and just why I love this book, and why you should give it a try.
We start off meeting a ship captain who is trudging through the extreme North. He and his ship get encased by ice on the ocean, and everyone starts to lose faith that they will ever escape. While this is all going on, the captain and a few of his crew watch as a gigantic being rushes by on a sled.
A few days later, they come across a regular sized human who is stuck on the ice. This is Victor Frankenstein – mad scientist and bringer of life. He says he won’t get on the boat until he knows whether or not they are going in the direction he is.
When they say they are, he hops aboard and, after resting, begins to tell his tale to the captain. It is then we learn what that gigantic being was and just how it came to be.
Frankenstein was always in love with the sciences, and as a child was introduced to some debunked theorists. He didn’t realize this at the time and began developing his scientific beliefs and theories from these theorists.
He goes to university and finds out he was learning everything wrong, but makes sure to rectify that. While he goes through this process, he still has this obsession of trying something no one has ever tried, only written about – bringing the dead back to life.
Is it possible? Too much of a dream?
Frankenstein wants to see for sure and works day and night making a being out of “superior” parts, and then works to bring the being to life. As you can guess, the being definitely comes to life, but Frankenstein is horrified by what he has done and runs away.
This leads to the Monster being confused, traveling throughout the area looking for his master and some sort of love from anyone. However, humans are terrified of him because he doesn’t look like them, and they chase him out of towns by throwing things and cursing at him.
He eventually finds a cabin that he can stay near and learns how to speak the language, read, and write all by watching a family. Things don’t go too well for him, though, and the story starts to take an even darker turn as the family becomes aware of him.
This story is one that is immensely powerful and still holds a lot of sway in today’s society. I remember seeing one of those obnoxious reviews from someone who hated this story saying, “Everyone hated the Monster because he looked different and I don’t think people should be that way.”
Well, at least the person got one of the points of the story, and the story is amazing for that very reason. Shelley wasn’t trying to say this is how society should act; in fact, she showed how society DID (and does) act, and how dangerous and harmful that can be.
Frankenstein is a gripping tale that keeps you turning the pages late into the night. I love classic literature, so I never have much trouble getting into a classic story. However, Frankenstein felt immensely easy to get into, and I know a lot of people who aren’t classic literature fans who enjoy this book.
When the story starts out, you really feel for Frankenstein and start to understand his obsession, and, naturally, you’re curious as to how he can accomplish his goal. As the story progresses, you start to feel even more so for him as terrible things keep happening all around him.
You then learn that it is his creation that is causing the pain and you start to feel his anger towards the fiend, too.
However, when you meet the Monster, you start feeling for him too. What are all these feels, you guys?! It goes back and forth between feeling bad for Frankenstein and wanting to slap him, and feeling bad for the Monster and wanting to slap him.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re a fan of classic horror. I already know that this book will be one I re-read frequently. It is an absolutely gorgeous story.
Well, there you have it! Have you read Frankenstein? What do you think of the novel?