VictorFrankensteinEsther Quintanilla

When thinking of the spooky tale of Frankenstein, most people usually think of the monster named “Frankenstein” who was created with lightening blasts and crudely sewn body parts. The image above says it all: a wacky scientist yelling “It’s ALIVE!” while a burst of lightening brings the creature to life. This, however, is not the case at all. The actual story of Frankenstein that was written by Mary Shelley has more depth and intricacy than what the watered-down Halloween stories depict.

I have read the novel Frankenstein many times before taking this course; it instantly became one of my favorite novels because of the different layers and intricacies that unfold within it. Immediately, one misconception being that the monster is nothing but an idiotic figure who lacks emotion and self-control. In actuality, the creature is highly intelligent and capable of seeing wrong from right. Another misconception being Frankenstein in the actual scientist who reanimates the “monster” and this “monster” being more human than most of the people in this story. I found myself sympathizing with the creature in various times of the novel because of the fact that he is like most human beings.

The creature did not have the life that he should have. He was abandoned at his “birth”, he was left to learn the world around him with no mentor, and he was shunned by the humans he encountered because of something as superficial as his appearance. All of this leads to a sad, helpless creature who just wants to be loved by another (this request being forbidden by the doctor himself) but is left to isolate himself in the mountains.

Victor Frankenstein is left to blame for the sad series of events that happen in this novel. Maybe the misconceptions have it right: Frankenstein IS the monster and the creature is his victim.