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By Galilea Sanchez

There they both stood, standing face to face on a chilly mountain, surrounded by the glistening white snow. With the creature’s long awaited question ready to slip confidently from his black lips. 

“I want you to make me a wife.” he said, without a stutter or blink of the eyes. 

Victor stood there, deeply contemplating the story his creature had just shared with him. It had really touched him, and the creature’s modest request truly was the least he could do for all he’d made him suffer. In his head he pictured her, a female creature just as unpleasing to look at, yet standing, with a wide smile on her dead lips next to the creature, with their hands intertwined. With the same dead skin, connecting them for life. Then Victor’s imagination stretched farther, and he saw two kids accompanying the strange couple. The tallest of the two a pretty young girl, with long flowing back hair flowing behind her yellow shoulders, holding the hand of an even younger boy. 

And then his imagination drifted further still. A whole town full of yellow-skinned creatures of all shapes and sizes, living peacefully among themselves all resembling his original creature in one way or another. Then suddenly his head started spinning, a yellow blur of identical creatures consuming him and he landed at the creature’s feet, rubbing his eyes.

He stood up, looking the creature, straight in his dark, watery eyes. “I’ll do it.” he said.

 The creature stood there once again looking at his creator, only now with concealed amazement. It had worked, it had really worked. He had managed to manipulate this insignificant human into fulfilling his demand. Managed to sell him a made up story of suffering. The truth was that the tale he had relayed to Victor, was all a lie. The truth was that he had spent his days in a pub, wearing a large black coat that covered all that needed to stay hidden. There he would sit, intoxicated and thinking constantly of the beautiful women that would occasionally pass by. But he was not dumb, he knew that any normal women would never accept him, and so he set out to find Victor, and ask him for the only thing his lonely life was missing, a wife, made just for him.

But now, the creature saw an even happier future for himself, perhaps…one with two wives? It had been easy enough to ask for one, could Victor be tricked into making two female creatures just for him? There was only was to find out.

“If one wife could cure all my pain,” he said dramatically, “perhaps, two could heal me even faster.” 

Victor’s eyes grew wide. He stood there stunned. How could he have been so ignorant. Here he was finally resentful of his actions and all his creature could think about was women! Had he no idea of all the worry and fear he had caused him? But this request was too much of a disrespect to him. With one last glance at the creature he said the words, “It seems to me that a bit more pain would do you just fine.” And with that he set out, away from the creature, leaving him alone once again. 

Well, no matter, thought the creature unaffected by rejection, I’ll just have to build a wife, myself.

Review:

If you’re looking for an entertaining and unexpected change to the well-known novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, look no further. In this short but promising rewritten scene of the novel, the author manages to create a creature of her own, one, perhaps, even smarter and creative than the one in the novel. The scene selected is the one where the creature has finished sharing his tragic journey to Victor, and has mustered up the courage to ask Victor for a female creature to accompany him in his solitude. After revealing to Victor all the supposed hardships he faced on his journey to confront his creator, Victor is faced with making a crucial decision that could affect not only his life and the creature’s, but possibly the whole world’s. And instead of rejecting the creatures request, as seen in the novel, things take a different turn, and then, even more turns. 

Full of colorful and descriptive language, the author has the reader hooked and anticipating the creature as well as Victor’s next move. Although the  story seems to be predictable at first, as you read further, there are unexpected changes and plot twists that await, overall leaving the reader wanting more. While managing to keep some aspects of the original novel as well as the initial atmosphere in the scene, the author shows a new and fresh way this scene could have occurred. A single picture sets the mood of the scene and serves its purpose in the story, showcasing the possible selection of wives for the creature envisions for himself. Ultimately, this nicely written alteration of the novel, gets the reader thinking of the countless directions Victor and his creature’s story could have taken, based simply on a single decision, to create or not create a female creature. 

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Frankenstein’s Abortion

I sat on the swing outside on the patio, relaxing in the pale moon-glow2light of the rising moon, trying to forget for a while the horrible events of the day. It was supposed to be a happy day, the happiest day of my life. Seeing your baby for the first time is supposed to be a magical moment where awe and wonder at the fact that you made that should overwhelm you. Instead all I could think about was that my baby girl might be deformed, physically and possibly mentally. The doctors weren’t certain about the exact nature of her deformity, but she was there was a strong probability that she was going to be different. I was having a child without no conception of how she was going to turn out. She might be the kid no one ever played with, she might be rejected everywhere she went simply for her differences. She would not thank me for her creation. How could she ever have a normal life? She might be full of anger and hate, unable to cope with her situation, and lash out at the world.

Years ago I had made this same mistake and my son had never forgiven the fact that I could never love him the way he wanted me to or give him the life he desired. He wanted me to have the baby. My son wanted someone he could call family. He had sworn to help provide for and take care of her, but the child may not be satisfied with this and might still loathe me. He might also be disgusted with her deformity and reject her. Anything could happen! How could I know, how could I go through with this when there was so much risk?

If she ever wanted children, her condition would be passed on, and they too might lead terrible lives. Did I have a right, simply to satisfy my desire for a baby, to curse my daughter and all the generations that come after her to lives of loneliness, rejection and suffering? I trembled to think of how much they would hate me, the source of all their pain, who would selfishly choose my own wants without a care for the effect on my descendants.

I looked inside the house through the window and saw him sitting in front of the fireplace, the light dancing on his face in hellish flames.  He wanted someone to love and love him. I had felt so sorry for him that I had agreed to have the baby. He had persuaded and threatened me, to extract that promise, but now its selfishness  and immorality burst over me. As I looked at him, I realized that though his impassioned words had swayed me before, this was my decision and I couldn’t let fear or a desire to satisfy someone else’s wants make that decision for me. A shudder wracked my body and I felt a shift somewhere within. A strange sensation came over me and in a wild rush I threw open the door and said, “I can’t do it. I can’t bring that in to the world.  I’m not going through with this baby.”

An Interview with the Author of the Wildly Popular ‘Frankenstein’s Abortion’ 

Interviewer: It’s so nice to meet you! Congratulations on making the New York Time Top 100 Bestsellers’ list! How has the ride been?

MK: Oh its been mind-boggling. When I wrote that story I was just re-reading the scene in Frankenstein where he destroys the female creature, and thinking about how the novel portrays men through what takes place when a man tries to usurp the natural order. I tried to turn that on its head and write what Victor was feeling, but seemingly from the point of view of a pregnant woman. I never expected people to like it so much.

Interviewer: Why do you think its become so popular?

MK: I wrote it to show the gender essentialism and gender roles we propagate, and I think it resonated with people because of the large amount of attention that feminism has been receiving recently. When Victor destroys the female creature in the book one feels horror, fear for the monster’s retribution and pity for the Creature. The selfishness of Victor seems to come to the fore and the reader thinks “After coming all the way here, upsetting everybody, postponing his wedding and working for hours” he just decides to destroy her and doom himself. But when I portrayed the same things Victor says, in an almost stylistically identical manner, but giving the impression that the individual is a pregnant woman who has been persuaded to have a baby, this scene elicits pity for the speaker’s situation and anger that someone is coercing her into having the baby, very different from what it inspired in readers when the person in question was a man. I think people are responding to this subtle demonstration of the essentialist views everyone holds and it shows what we need to take steps toward changing.

Interviewer: I notice that you never explicitly say the word ‘pregnant’ or make clear that the speaker is a woman. Is there some reason for that?

MK: I only wanted to give the impression of a female speaker, to show even simply that is enough to make the reader feel sympathetic towards her, as a helpless victim.

Interviewer: Why did you choose to write about abortion specifically? I mean as I understand it, there are numerous examples of feminine essentialism and objectification of the female body in Frankenstein, embodied in Justine and Elizabeth. Why did you choose this scene and this issue?

MK: Abortion has been a major topic of contention recently with numerous new legislature being passed in different states. I wanted to throw some light on that topic too. The tense that this story is written in is the same as the novel’s and it imparts the idea that could be happening at any time, any place and to anyone.

Interviewer: Is there anything else you would like to say?

MK: Well, I just want to mention how ridiculously easy it was to mould this scene in Frankenstein into one of a pregnant woman deciding to abort, and it is almost as if Mary Shelley was talking about abortion too. Victor says “My labour was already considerably advanced… [but I had] forebodings of evil, that made my heart sicken in my bosom”, which is very similar to a woman who is pretty far along in her pregnancy but dreads the prospect of the baby and does not want it anymore.

Interviewer: Thank you so much for coming, I look forward to reading more of your brilliant work.

Zakharieva starts his essay with a really interesting point about how Branagh’s film advertises itself as a production of the original novel, as being a “resurrection of the authentic Frankenstein”(416) and how in trying to mimic “the original artistic codes of the Romantics”, it actually parallels Victor’s attempt to mimic the “codes and mechanisms of Nature” to make the Creature. I could definitely see this attempt to stick to the novel’s storyline and it mostly does, with a few deviances, until we get to the end where it COMPLETELY and with no warning, swerves off track with the making of the female monster. Zakharieva discusses this scene but he doesn’t comment on how out of the blue it is, considering how relatively closely the movie was following the actual narrative. Why does Zakharieva talk of the attempted authenticity of the film but ignore the fact that it later consciously gives up being authentic? Was this deviation for theatricality, or for showing how one cannot truly copy something and that the result will always be an imperfect abomination, or did Helena Bonham Carter just want to try out a new look?

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