Reading Frankenstein has always given me mixed feelings. The first time I read Frankenstein was in Grade 8, where I found a much more simple version of the novel and out of curiosity, read it. Back then, the novel had been much more straightforward for me. It was just another story of the consequences of meddling with things that are beyond our ability to control. Fast forward a few years to this summer, and my feelings for this novel has been greatly complicated, and not as straightforward as I initially thought it was. I can now appreciate the amount of effort and complexity that Mary Shelley put into her novel, transforming it into one that would be remembered for years.
For me, Frankenstein is a brilliant piece of work that I enjoyed reading. It showed me how a person could be lead so astray by the lure of fame. The prime example of this is prominently displayed the main character himself, Victor Frankenstein. However, here is where my main criticism with the book lies. To me, Frankenstein was self-centered and whiny for someone you would call an exceptionally talented scientist, given that he discovered the ‘formula of life’. He only seemed to care for himself, and did not consider the full impact of what he had done, only after it was too late, resulting in the cleverly executed murders of his family and friends. Aside from all this, Frankenstein also demonstrated a braver side to him, which was prominently showed when he decided to destroy the Monster’s mate, even though he knew would result in more killings of his family. Frankenstein is also shown to be shallow-minded, which is shown after the destruction of the Monster’s partner, where he promises to be with Frankenstein on his wedding night. When the Monster said this I immediately knew that he would murder Elizabeth; however, Frankenstein, as self-centered as he was, immediately thought that the monster would target him instead, and on his wedding night, left Elizabeth alone and unarmed, promptly resulting in her death.
Aside from this one criticism I still find Frankenstein to be a beautiful novel, and remains to be one of my favorite books.