Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2003. Print.
Written By: Mary Shelley
Reviewed By: Anhvu Nguyen
Recommended Audience: High School and College Students
Frankenstein is a dramatic and suspenseful novel. The plot consists of three different points of view. The story opens up with a captain writing letters to his sister explaining the introduction of the story. When he is writing his letters, it is in the present. However, his letters are a story of the past. The story then transitions into a new point of view. Victor Frankenstein is now telling the story to the Captain. With Victor’s story he reiterates a monster’s story. The author transitions back and forth with the three points of view throughout the story.
In the beginning of the story the Captain journeys around areas of the world. He then encounters Victor in the Arctic. When he sees Victor and his emaciated body, caused by the cold weather, he attempts to help him. After a few days of taking care of Victor and restoring his health, Victor tells him the dangers of pursuing the unknown. He begins to tell the Captain of his past. The story then transitions to Victor telling the story to the Captain. Victor explains how he pursued the unknown for knowledge. As a child he loved to learn and apply his sciences. He then grew up and wanted to create a creature of great stature and be proud of his creation. This is when pursuing the unknown became dangerous for Victor. He dedicated all of his time to this project. He neglected the letters that his relatives sent him. In addition he scavenged for body parts. He became obsessed with this pursuit and it grew out of control.
Victor had realized that he bestowed birth upon a “hideous fiend”. Ardently he abandoned the monster and fled the city. He attempted to forget all he had done the past years and returned to his family six months after his creation. Upon returning to his family, they asked him where he had been and what he was doing. He evaded answering their questions and soon discovered that his little brother William had been murdered. He discovered it was the monster that he created who was the murderer. His friend Justine had been accused and condemned as the murderer. Victor later confronts the monster and the monster tells a story about how he felt alone and abandoned. Victor disowns him and in return the monster swears to murder his loved ones. The story then transitions back to the present with the Captain and Victor and Victor is pursuing the monster.
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