Carter Reviews: Frankenstein

         You know Frankenstein’s monster? Green, stitched skin, neck bolts, brought to life by lightning(bolts), really short hair? You know his pure evil, his demonic nature, his heartlessness? Forget about all that, because that is not him! I was honestly angry at cartoons and movies for flat out lying to me about what the book is really like. The original book has a very different approach, one that I like much better.

    For those of you who by some miracle don’t know the plot of Frankenstein, let me explain. The book centers around a scientific prodigy named Victor Frankenstein. While studying science at a university, he stumbles across a discovery that allows him to create life. When he attempts to create a being with this discovery to test it, the creature turns out terribly ugly and frightening, much to Victor’s fear and disappointment. When it escapes, it starts wreaking havoc, and Frankenstein vows to kill it.

      This may sound like a black and white horror tale, but it really isn’t. It’s a brilliantly written tale about parent and child, creator and created, and the death of innocence. The monster actually doesn’t start out as a monster, but an ugly body with a kind spirit, who is simply cast out and made a monster. He’s written in a very human way, and becomes a very sympathetic and tragic figure, but so does Victor himself, who loses everything he loves to his creation.

     Interestingly, the roles of protagonist and antagonist are shared by both the monster and Victor. One wants revenge on his unloving and neglectful father, and the other wants to destroy what he thinks a danger to everyone and who has killed many of his loved ones. The powerful character development, brilliant symbolism, and thought provoking concept make Frankenstein a truly beautiful read.

       Was it perfect though? No, it wasn’t. Besides Frankenstein and the monster, the other characters were kind of lacking and onenote. Frankenstein’s “cousin”/love interest(long story) in particular pretty much has only one personality trait: purity and perfection. Her laments about her suffering are powerful at first, but they got tediously repetitive and annoyingly melodramatic after a while. Despite this though, I highly recommend this book and think that everyone should read it, if only so that they know the actual monster and not the fake one that cartoons and media has created.

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