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Eleven False Assumptions about Frankenstein

Frankenstein: Complete, Original Text (Forgotten Books) - Mary Shelley

Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein. Or at least one thinks so. Book adaptations very often present Frankenstein's story in a superficial way. After accepting the pop-cultural version of it we may understood it all the way around. So I've selected eleven false assumptions that many make about Frankenstein. 


1. Frankenstein is the Monster. Nope. Frankenstein is a doctor who creates the Monster.


2. The Monster is dangerous. Not at the beginning of his life. He's vulnerable and all he wants is acceptance and a friend. 


3. Victor Frankenstein abandons the Monster because of its evil soul. Nope. It seems that he abandons the Monster because he is scared of it. He's different, much uglier than he thought, huge. He named the creature "the Monster" before it acquired any monster-like features. When the Monster wakes up doctor Frankenstein realizes what he has done and what the outcome of his crazy work looks like. 


4. The Monster is rotten to the core. Nope. Abandoned by his creator the Monster is ugly but innocent and naive as a child. He was rejected many times and experienced nothing more than hate from other human beings. His good deeds didn't bring him  any good.


5. The Monster is stupid and primitive. No. After many nights in the forest and by the fireplace, he found a spot in a household situated in the remote area. From the hidden room, he overlooks and overhears the family. By observation (like a child) he learned to read, write and speak. He also got the knowledge of literature, geography, humane nature and culture. He became thoughtful and sensitive creature. 


6. The Monster becomes a murderer and kills everyone on his way. No. He sough revenge and killed only those in relationship with Frankenstein's family. 


7. The Monster wants to kill Frankenstein. No. He wanted to make his life lonely and miserable. 


8. The Monster doesn't have any feelings. No. He knew he's appearance is very unusual and that people are scared of him but he didn't want to be alone. The Monster wanted to be loved that's why he asked Frankenstein to create a second Monster, a female. Then they would live happily ever after in Amazon's rain forests and would not hurt anyone. 


9. Frankenstein creates a female for the Monster. Yes and No. He nearly finished her, however, he never revived her. What's more, he tore her apart. 


10. The Monster kidnaps Frankenstein's wife to create a family with her. No. He killed her as he promised, during wedding night. 


11. Frankenstein kills the Monster. No. We don't know what happened to the Monster. We know he was left alone on ice floe on freezing rough waters. It was Frankenstein who ended dead in the story.


The Shelley's descriptions were so vivid and, yes, very depressing. The language is stunning, modern writers write differently. The book made me think about many difficult and complex issues, such as medicine, experiments, responsibility, human body, complicated relationships, guilt and punishment, life and death. Frankenstein was published in early XIX but the issues brought up in the book are universal and definitely up-to-date. Good piece of classics.