Frankenstein Book Review

Emily Na, Staff Writer

In her book Frankenstein, Mary Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist who creates a monster. Throughout his childhood, Victor is interested in science and aimed to obtain more knowledge. One day, he finds a tree completely destroyed by lightning and is overwhelmed with awe when he admires the power of electricity. When his mother later dies, Frankenstein starts becoming obsessed with the concept of life and death, and aims to surpass man’s imaginations by defeating death and becoming a godly figure. By assembling different body parts while living in almost complete isolation, Frankenstein completes his Creature, only to be disgusted and abandons him. Frankenstein’s Monster is then forced to live on his own; he learns through his distant observations of another human family and reads books. The Monster faces rejection on multiple occasions and soon becomes as devastatingly lonely and frustrated as Victor. The Monster later vents out his frustrations with society by killing several people, and when his Creator Victor dies, the Monster mourns, and leaves to die himself. I believe that this book is very telling about society and aspects of human nature; it addresses the harsh realities of how many tend to judge due to people’s physical appearance and background. While many may be able to sympathize with Victor’s Monster who is rejected by others despite his attempts to connect with humanity, I still find it hard to overlook how he still murders innocent people. I did not find this read to be enjoyable because I found many parts of it to be far too unrealistic, although I highly doubt that it was Shelley’s intention to make the story logical. I did not find any of the characters to be very likeable, and the overall plot seemed inconsistent. I would not recommend this book to others, unless they are intrigued by its concept or enjoy analyzing beyond the surface level.