Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus" (1818) is a combination of gothic horror story and science fiction first conceived for a writing challenge by Lord Byron when she was just eighteen. It is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who assembles pieces of corpses to create an artificial man and brings it to life with galvanism. Though it seeks affection, the unnamed monster inspires loathing in everyone it meets. Lonely and miserable, the creature ultimately destroys its creator.
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... your surprise would have been boundless. His limbs were nearly frozen, and
his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering. I never saw a man in so
wretched a condition. We attempted to carry him into the cabin ; but as soon as
Soon after, when he was alone with me, he said, “I have, doubtless, excited your
curiosity, as well as that of these good people; but you are too considerate to
make inquiries.” “Certainly; it would indeed be very impertinent and inhuman in
Soon after her marriage, she had accompanied her husband into her native
country, and for some years my father had very little communication with her.
About the time I mentioned she died ; and a few months afterwards he received a
The astonishment which I had at first experienced on this discovery soon gave
place to delight and rapture. After so much time spent in painful labour, to arrive
at once at the summit of my desires, was the mostgratifying consummation of my
He soon perceived that I disliked the subject; but, not guessing the real cause, he
attributed my feelings to modesty, and changed the subject from my improvement
to the science itself, G 3 The MoDERN PROMETHEUs. 125 fatal night, the end ...
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My favorite book of all time.User Review - TheRavensLenore - Borders
I am in love with the "monster" portrayed in this book. From his point of view, it's when the coldness of the world changes us for the worse. To think that she wrote this novel at such a young age, it is profound. Read full review
A Brief review of "Frankenstein"User Review - VendettLia - Borders
Oh, This is a beautiful book. How its words flow just right with the story, is just Magnificiant. The story is captivating, not to mention wonderfully depressing.(^^) I really do have high respects ... Read full review