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Awaiting Damage

As we have been discussing, Frankenstein can be interpreted as a warning of climate change due to humans and the possible consequences. While the novel warns of ice as the enemy, we are currently battling against the opposite, fire. Along with destruction of homes, the fires also bring poor air quality. This situation can be interpreted through Frankenstein as another instance in which humans are fighting a force stronger than them, that requires more than just asking it to go away. Furthermore, those with breathing problems, who are more sensitive to the unhealthy air, would support the claim that creature is a symbol of the coming end, meaning that it may be possible that the air quality, and the fires themselves, will become so severe that everyone will suffer irreversible damage, ultimately causing change in the regular climate completely. We can see the damage happening now, but further, possibly greater damage, may not be noticed until much later.

By: Galilea Sanchez

Bianca Lopez Munoz


I’ve never thought much about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Before reading it, I had a very basic idea of the story. A crazy doctor creates a monster using random body parts, and eventually an angry mob with fire and pitchforks chase or try to kill the monster. I believed the creature was violent, empty-headed, and purposeless. I thought Victor Frankenstein to be a sick individual trying to play God. I believed his scientific endeavor to be not only unnecessary but also cruel to the actual creature he created. This understanding of the novel is probably common among those who have never read the book and are only familiar with the myth through what they have seen in films and cartoons growing up.

When I heard that the English class I would be taking this semester would be all about Frankenstein, I thought, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that Frankenstein is so much more and goes so much deeper than most people’s basic understanding of the novel. The book contains themes and issues that are still incredibly relevant to modern society, like feminism, ethics, and religion. It is the compilation of Mary Shelley’s life experiences and beliefs revolving those still relevant issues. The novel calls into question what it means to be human and spooks readers with the humanity that Frankenstein’s monster expresses that we cannot help but sympathize with. I do think there is some element of truth in the myth though. For example, the creature is violent at some points but it is not mindless violence. It is because it is angry, confused, and fearful. All of which are very human characteristics. I think this goes along with Ernest Hemingway’s ‘iceberg theory’ where deeper themes of a novel aren’t super explicit but are definitely identifiable by the reader.

This novel is so much more than a disturbed scientist creating an unintelligent monster. The story is jam-packed and valuable in that it helps opening the door for discussion, and fascinating arguments that are necessary to have in the modern day.