Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Today we go back 200+ years back with another book review of a timeless classic that\’s really worth reading. Especially in this time of rapid scientific developments and the debate of AI taking over the world.

We are in a unique place where we have to balance the power of science with the strength of compassion and kindness.

The author and a little background of the novel

Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley (born 1797) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a monster. The novel was first published in 1818 and has since become one of the most famous and influential works of Gothic literature.

The character of the creature is particularly intriguing.  There’s sympathy for this misunderstood being despite its violent acts. The monster\’s yearning for acceptance and companionship can startle you.

\”Frankenstein\” is a cautionary tale that explores the dark side of human ambition and the moral responsibilities that come with scientific advancements. It remains a relevant and thought-provoking read, prompting readers to reflect on the implications of their own actions and the ethical considerations of pursuing knowledge at any cost.

The Story of the book

\”Frankenstein\” tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young and ambitious scientist who becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life. Driven by his desire to conquer death and unlock the secrets of life itself, Victor conducts a series of experiments and successfully brings a creature to life. However, he is horrified by his creation and rejects it, leaving the creature to navigate the world on its own.

The creature, abandoned and shunned by society due to its grotesque appearance, seeks revenge against Victor for his abandonment and the suffering it endures. The narrative alternates between Victor\’s perspective and the creature\’s, as they both grapple with their own internal conflicts and the consequences of their actions.

As the story unfolds, Shelley explores themes of ambition, responsibility, the consequences of playing god, and the nature of humanity. The creature, initially a lonely and misunderstood being, turns to darkness and violence as it seeks revenge and longs for companionship.

The creature was left to fend for itself, and it eventually turned on Victor and his loved ones. Victor pursued the creature across Europe, but he was never able to destroy it. In the end, Victor died of exhaustion, and the creature disappeared into the Arctic.

Frankenstein is a complex and thought-provoking novel that explores themes such as the nature of good and evil, the power of science, and the importance of compassion. The novel has been praised for its suspenseful plot, its vivid characters, and its exploration of the darker side of human nature.

My Book Review: things I liked about the book:

Frankenstein is a classic novel that is still worth reading today. Infact, especially today. It is a powerful story about the dangers of ambition, the importance of compassion, and the nature of evil.

\”Frankenstein\” is a masterpiece of literature that combines elements of horror, science fiction, and philosophical introspection. It continues to be a timeless classic that challenges readers to contemplate the consequences of their actions and grapple with the complexities of human nature.

Some key insights from the book:

1. The dangers of playing God: Victor Frankenstein\’s obsession with creating life leads him to create a monster that he cannot control. The novel suggests that humans should not try to play God by creating life.

2. The importance of family: The novel emphasizes the importance of family and the dangers of isolation. Victor Frankenstein\’s isolation from his family and friends leads him to become obsessed with his work and ultimately leads to his downfall.

3. The dangers of ambition: The novel suggests that ambition can be dangerous if it is not tempered by morality. Victor Frankenstein\’s ambition leads him to create a monster that he cannot control, which ultimately leads to tragedy.

4. The nature of humanity: The novel raises important questions about what it means to be human. The monster is initially kind and gentle but becomes violent and vengeful after being rejected by the society.

Go get the book in a library near you or buy it.



One response to “Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”

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