Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is just the First Stopover in Frankentown and What I Thought Of It
A quote that stayed with me:
“If I have no ties and no affections, hatred and vice must be my portion; the love of another will destroy the cause of my crimes, and I shall become a thing, of whose existence everyone will be ignorant.”
It made me think if it is our relationships and loved ones that make us human.
A new word that I learned:
Siroc is probably a variation of sirocco, which is a “hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts.
After reading the following lines:
“eradicating the remains of my melancholy, which every now and then would return by fits, and with a devouring blackness overcast the approaching sunshine.”
I felt the similarity between Frankenstein and the monster he created even more clearly. I can’t really explain why they seem like the same person.
I am really glad that I did read this book. More than anything, I came from it feeling sorry for the poor creature that Frankenstein created and then abandoned. It gave me a new appreciation for the rules of society, ethics, morality that we take for granted. Without it, we might all turn into monsters.
I also wanted to point out that while the monster was never taught right from wrong, Frankenstein had been. Yet, the creature seemed kinder than his creator.
I don’t think any other conclusion was possible but I still think that it ended rather abruptly.
Now that I am done with the parent material, it is time to move on to the anthology, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein.
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