Hello and welcome to yet another book review. In May, I was able to read Frankenstein in two weeks. While it was the only book I got to read in May, it didn’t stop me from listening to audio book on my commute to work. Usually I post book reviews on Wednesdays, but I wanted to release it today (Friday) for the thrill of the title. As always, you can follow me here on WordPress or on my Facebook page. On every Monday, I upload some of my photography exclusively to my Facebook page.
Today’s book review is over a literature classic. There’s a chance that you read it in high school for English during school or for summer reading. While I never completed the book over six years ago, I was able to finish this book in two weeks. This eighteenth century classic has been adopted into a couple of movies and just recently celebrated its 200th Birthday.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is only 207 pages long and divided into three parts. While my memory of the story wasn’t accurate from years ago, I realized fifty pages into the book how much I had forgotten about the book. My best example with this, is I had thought that the name of the monster was Frankenstein. When actually the monster/creature/deamon had no official name. Frankenstein is the name of the man who created the monster. What a realization that was!
During my senior year in high school, I was only two years into the AP English program. While I still enjoyed reading, my literacy, writing, and comprehension skills has doubled since after High School. Since I’ve adopted to my own learning style, I have been able to appreciate the classics more. Personally, I do not agree with having 17-19 year old teens read Frankenstein for summer reading. My reasons are based upon my own lack of understanding of British literature (at that age), the European nations, and the darkness that is within Shelley’s book.
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There are three dominant reasons why I did not enjoy Frankenstein years ago:
1. Land description
I am not someone who enjoys four- five pages with of nature descriptions Okay, I get it. It’s iced Move the sleigh. Part of this is also about what little knowledge I had of France, Switzerland, Germany, Inglosladt, and Ireland (to name a few). Below, I’ll write out and show pictured research of the actual path of the story that occurred across Europe.
2. The Science’s
For me, I was not a fan of the simplified talk of chemistry, natural philosophy, etc. Science is still not my strongest knowledge. I’ve improved since taking a few classes in University. Most of that progress has been in Chemistry (the basics) and specifically Astronomy. This time, I felt more confident in the science’s I was reading about.
3. Dark Stories
I mentioned disdain for dark stories during high school. During high school, depression (with light anxiety) was developing. My emotional intelligence and being was in dismay, compared to how I’m feeling now. I felt then, that Dr. Frankenstein should’ve complied with his creature’s demands. Some of my favorite parts from years ago, is still my favorite now (dialogue between Frankenstein/Creature). I always pitied and could relate to the creature then, but now my views have become more in favor of Dr. Frankenstein.
The story is now not the darkest horror story I’ve read. Last year, I was able to complete the House of Leaves. Now, I feel I can read any horror story without hesitation.
Dr. Frankenstein grew up fascinated with the natural sciences. After completing a few years in University, he applied his knowledge towards creating his own master piece. In the month of November, Frankenstein gave birth to his deformed daemon (British spelling for demon). Once he saw what he created, Dr. Frankenstein fled from the top of his apartment and no longer wished to see his monster, or even his family. The apartment was like a castle on the top of the hill.
It was a thriller of two years worth of chasing between the two characters. Once Dr. Frankenstein and the monster meet within the monster’s cave. This is during part two of the story, we then hear the creatures side of the story. Years ago, I wasn’t interested in this part. Now, my interest was peaked, because I had several questions. The creature tells the audience how he went from living around the humans to watching one family in Germany. The creature’s learning skills improved, just like how a baby learns not to touch an oven when it’s hot.
The creature then goes on a hunt for finding his creator. Unintentionally at first, the monster murdered Frankenstein’s children (and later other family members).It takes him several months, but he was able to find Dr. Frankenstein and his family. During this confrontation, the two characters strike a deal: If Dr. Frankenstein makes his creature a female partner, then the creature will leave him and his family alone. For months, Dr. Frankenstein stalls on this project. It takes Dr. Frankenstein going to Switzerland to begin the promise he made. During one of the nights he was creating the future female monster and he see’s the monster in his window. This makes Frankenstein realize that if he does create a partner for the monster, then other monsters of would be on the planet. Dr. Frankenstein destroys his second creation and flee’s home.
With the story written in a series of letters as the retelling of the story, the ending is one that didn’t sit with me too well (the book did it’s job). After Dr. Frankenstein’s family was murdered, he went in search of his creature for revenge. Isn’t it ironic, that at first the creature was searching for the creator, and then it ends the other way around. While Dr. Frankenstein dies on the boat that saved him from freezing out in the cold, his creature did have the final word on the last few pages of the novel. The creature, now saddened with the loss of his creator, vows to go to the northern parts of the ice (North Pole) and to starve himself to death. Personally, I did not agree with this ending, from a mental health standpoint. Which explains why I never finished the book before. The book does its job in the end- to make you feel for the creature, whether you are for or against the being.
And maybe I’ll get to watch the original movie this month!
In the end, I am glad I gave this classic a second chance. The amount of books on my reading list is at six typed pages long. Slowly but surely, I’ll make it through my list. Are there any classics you have yet to read? Let me know in the comment section below, and I always respond in a timely manner. Wishing you the best this week.