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By: Mark Acuña

            The story behind Frankenstein stems off a long timeline dating back all the way to the early eighteen-hundreds. A young woman named Mary Shelly was an intelligent writer and poet that was born into a sad life as the absence of her mother took a toll on her development as a writer. Although her work on her most renown novel Frankenstein introduces the story of how Victor Frankenstein creates a so called “monster” through the work of alchemy – we are presented with an image of the creature being called Frankenstein itself as well as a portrayed image that left us millennials with the perception that Frankenstein is some sort of green creature that is heavily portrayed during the season and holiday of Halloween.

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            With the very depiction of how Frankenstein is portrayed as through films and plays, it is safe to say that most of society most likely does not know about the truth and meaning of what lies behind the story of Frankenstein. With the beginning pages of the novel we are greeted with a character that seeks the attention of others through “friendships”. Walton is shown to carry some parallel with the actual story of Frankenstein – where in which the novel Frankenstein reflects the very same story of how Mary Shelly loses loved ones throughout her lifetime as well as seeks the attention, care and love from a “woman” or mother in this case. We learn that the “monster” that is portrayed as a monster in the novel is actually hurt, lost, confused and in the end – all alone. The creature that was created as a reflection from Mary Shelly, she is isolated by her works in gothic literature and the curiosity of myth with reality.

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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.

Frankenstein: The novel vs the Myth

Frankenstein is not only a novel but also a cultural phenomenon. Since elementary school, years before I would ever get my hands on Mary Shelley’s novel, I have seen kids dressed up as Frankenstein’s monster for halloween, scaring me since since my very first glimpse. The biggest shock to me that came from actually reading the novel came from the fact that Frankenstein the novel is written from a perspective of truth. While it is obviously fiction, it is still embedded in truth and the novel still offers explanations for the narrative that could in fact be true. Before reading the novel I always thought of the concept of Frankenstein as being completely fictional. While I do not believe in reincarnation, Shelley still offers a scientific explanation of the creation process, making the events seem all the more real. This stood out to me because as a film major whose favorite films are horror films, I am extremely interested in story lines like this one. I enjoy horror movies that, even if they didn’t happen, could have happened. To me this makes the film ten times scarier than it would be without the element of truth, making the film exponentially more successful.  I like it when the film maker at least gives an explanation as to why and how what is happening is happening. I think this is what Shelley does, regardless of the myth that says otherwise. images