Frankenstein. It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

The story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who creates an artificial man from pieces of corpses and brings the creature to life.  Though it initially seeks affection, the monster inspires loathing in everyone who meets it.  Lonely and miserable, the monster turns upon its creator, who enentually loses his life.  The name Frankenstein has become popularly attached to the creature itself, who has become one of the best-known monsters in the history of motion pictures.  

Frankenstein is the first science-fiction novel with two central tragedies.  One of overreaching and the dangers of ‘Playing God’, the other of parental abandonment and social rejection. 

The creature relates his first days of life, living alone in the wilderness.  He found that people were afraid of him and hated him due to his appearance, which led him to fear and hide from them.  While living in an abandoned structure connected to a cottage, he grew fond of the poor family living there and discreetly collected firewood for them, cleared snow away from their path, and performed other task to help them.  Secretly living next to the cottage for months, the creature learned to speak by listening to them.  When he saw his reflection in a pool, he realized his appearance was hideous, and it horrified him so much as it horrified humans. He grew increasily attached and approached the family in hopes of becoming their friend, entering the house only when the blind father was present.  But on the return of the others, the rest of them were frightened.  The blind man’s son attached him and the creature fled the house.  The next day the family left their home in fear that he would return.  The creature was enraged by the way he was treated and gave up all hope of ever being accepted by humans.  Although he hated his creator for abandoning him, he decided to travel to Geneva to find him because he believed that Victor was the only person with a responsibility to him.  

The creature demands that Victor create a female companion like himself.  He argues he has a right to happiness and if Victor refuses his wish, the ceature threatens to kill Victor’s remianing friends and family.  Fearing for his family, Victor reluctanly agrees.

While working on the female creature he is plagued by premonitions of disaster.  He fears the female will hate the monster or become more evil then he is and tears apart the unfinished female creature.

The creature becomes absolutely, unforgettable evil.  Pure evil.  His only motivation is to ruin his creators life and he does not care how he does it or who he hurts along the way.  He kills a small child with his bare hands because the child is related to Victor. He also kills his Victor’s best friend and finance’ the night before their wedding. 

Victor dies and his death did not bring the creature peace, rather his crimes have made him even more miserable.  The creature vows to kill himslef so that no one will ever know of his existence and drifts away on an ice raft, never to be seen again.

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