Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

"You hate me; but your abhorrance cannot equal that with which I regard myself... I shall die. I shall no longer feel the agonies which now consume me, or be the prey of feelings unsatisfied, yet unquenched...I shall no longer see the sun and stars, or feel the winds play on my cheeks. Light, feeling, and sense will pass away; and in this condition must I find my happiness." ~ The Creature

Who is the real 'monster'?Dr. Frankenstein or his Creation?

FRANKENSTEINBY MARY SHELLEY

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ABOUT THE AUTHORMARY SHELLEY

DR. FRANKENSTEIN

CREATING THE CREATURE

Mary Shelley wrote her most famous novel in answer to a challenge by her next door neighbor , the famous poet, Lord Byron, while summering on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1816. Lord Byron had requested that they both write a ghost story to pass the time. The novel is Mary Shelley's answer to that challenge; in essence ' her creation'!

WATCH THIS VIDEO CLIPS OF MEL BROOKS " YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN" - a comedic spoof of the novel.

Above is a brief clip of one of the original horror movies created from the novel. Pay close attention to the cinematography and interpretation of the mood of the novel.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an example of a gothic novel - it contains elements of the supernatural, mystery, darkness, and horror. Her novel explores the themes of individual isolation, the beauty of nature and romanticism, morals and ethics of a person's character, and the connectivity that we all crave. At the end of our study, we will discuss the question "Who is the real monster?" Is it Dr. Frankenstein who goes against all natural conventions of nature to give the Creature life only to abandon it or is it the Creature who learns what it is to be loved only to be ruthlessly cast aside, isolated and lonely? You decide.


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