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.
Yesterday the stranger said to me, “You may easily perceive, Captain Walton,
that I have suffered great and unparalleled misfortunes. I had determined, once,
that the memory of these evils should die with me; but you have won me to alter
Your favourite school fellow, Louis Manoir, has suffered several misfortunes
since the departure of Clerval from Geneva. But he has already recovered his
spirits, and is reported to be on the point of marrying a very Jively pretty
boy had lost himself, and was exposed to all the damps and dews of night:
Elizabeth also suffered extreme anguish. About five in the morning I discovered
my lovely boy, whom the night before I had seen blooming and active in health, ...
During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice, I suffered living torture. It
was to be decided, whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would
cause the death of two of my fellow-beings: one a smiling babe, full of innocence
... and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me. The appearance
of Justine was calm. She was dressed in mourning; and her countenance, always
engaging, was rendered, by the solemnity of her feelings, exquisitely beautiful.
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Mary Shelley's romantic novel first published in 1818 anonymously has been the inspiration for movie monster makers. Since the first film adaptation in 1823, Shelley's creation has been brought to ... Read full review
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It gets lonely when you're a monster. Shelley makes us look at the inhuman aspects of ourselves. When what we create gets out of hand isn't it still our fault? Read full review