Frankenstein, my favorite monster

frankenstein-halloweenFrom the moment it was published in 1818, Frankenstein, a classic horror story, has been enormously popular and continuously in print in many languages. The story has inspired plays, poems, parodies as well as other stories, novels, and more than 40 movies. The monster derives from the novel by Mary Shelley and is the result of man’s tinkering with nature and his untamed desire to create and apply his knowledge.

The name of the scientist is sometimes wrongly used as that of the monster itself, and hence for any monstrous creation. Frankenstein’s popularity is partly because it is the first modern myth that used science to release the monster. Frankenstein is sometimes compared with politics, nuclear science, genetic engineering and other agents of change to warn against experimenting with things we don’t understand.frankenstein

Frankenstein has enjoyed an afterlife in numerous stage productions and movie adaptations that have reshaped the monster of the original story. Indeed the monster has taken the name of his creator and his archetypal image is still influenced by the 1931 movie poster and movie starring Boris Karloff as a green skinned giant with bolts in his neck.

The creature in Shelley’s 1818 novel is hardly the grunting, green-skinned behemoth familiar to generations of movie fans. Stitched together from body parts and brought back to life by Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein, he develops into an articulate, sensitive being who ponders the meaning of life while suffering his miserable existence abandoned and alone.

The myth of the Frankenstein monster returns to its literary roots in this tale of a scientist’s monstrous attempt to play God. This story is the archetype for many subsequent tales of the mad scientist and his creatures with the monster of misguided science eventually tormenting its creator.

FrankAt the centre of the novel is the Monster’s own autobiography, as this highly articulate being reveals the loneliness and persecution he suffered as a consequence of a lonely and abnormal creature .Victor Frankenstein, father to that loathsome creature, must finally open his soul to a kindred spirit in hopes of unburdening his fallen conscience. Thus we begin at the end of his journey through the frame narrator Robert Walton, aboard a ship attempting to reach the North Pole.

In the novel, Victor Frankenstein’s last words are, “Farewell, Walton! Seek happiness in tranquillity, and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. Yet why do I say this? I have myself been blasted in these hopes, yet another may succeed.” Frankenstein’s conflicted ambition is with us always. He is the one true man made monster in which everyone in one way can relate to. And that’s the Monster that stands at our window, reminding us to take care of our creations.

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2 Responses to “Frankenstein, my favorite monster”

  1. ……That’s “Fronkenshteen!!!”

  2. jamesdunn81 Says:

    Put, ze candle, BACK!

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