Hey, guys! I am very excited to discuss a Gothic Horror Classic, and that Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This was my first time reading it, and I am so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it. If you love spooky Halloween reads, then I definitely think you will like this, so I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!
“Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever. ”
I definitely understand why so many people love this story. I had mixed feelings about the monster that Frankenstein created because, at the beginning, I felt it was unfair for Frankenstein to seem so repulsed and horrified by the monster. He never gave him the chance to be a good person at all. The continual revulsion and mistreatment of other people along with Victor Frankenstein led to him becoming a very resentful, evil being that was hellbent on destroying Frankenstein’s life. If he had been afforded kindness he probably would have been a pretty decent guy, but because of the treatment of every human he had come into contact with, he truly became a monster. If you treat someone like a monster, soon enough that is what they become.
I honestly was not a huge fan of Victor Frankenstein at the beginning. I liked his character a little bit, but my opinion of him just went south after he treated his creation the way he did coupled with the fact that he had this immense hatred for the monster. But I did end up more on his side when everything the monster had done was revealed. I think he was really trying to just keep his family safe from this monster that was hellbent on destroying it based on the treatment he had received from Victor and other humans alike. But Victor did end up winning me back in the end.
I really loved seeing the huge family dynamic in this book as well. There are not a lot of books out there that feature a theme of family, and it was really refreshing to see. Victor’s love for his family is really the core of this story, and it was nice to see his family so prevalent in this story. We really got to know his family, and I just really appreciated that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, the characters, and the writing. I just think it was a really fascinating book, and I am so glad that I finally read it!
And there you have it! That was my review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. What is your favorite spooky read? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!