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By: Carmen Ibarra

Before actually reading Mary Shelley’s book, Frankenstein I always perceived Frankenstein to be this ignorant, flesh-eating, zombie-like, brain-eating monster. Through stories and Halloween costumes, Frankenstein was always just an entertaining story and character. However, we learn through Mary Shelley that Frankenstein is actually the creator of this unnamed “monster” we all think we know so well. It is interesting how we depict the monster to be a simple-minded,  green monster when in reality he is a self-educated and intelligent.

I titled this post, The Real Monster because I believe the real monster of this story is Victor Frankenstein, he abandoned and neglected his very own creation from the start and because of this “the monster” had to fend for itself, learn EVERYTHING on his own, and attempt to understand the ways of life. Not only that, but Frankenstein also attempted to play God by creating life and thinking he can do so successfully. So, of course, I place all the blame on Frankenstein for neglecting and running away from his creation because if he would have properly introduced Frankenstein to the world perhaps things would have turned out differently.

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By Amber Loper

It is rare for Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to be recommended for the purpose of deeper understanding. In fact, the only exposure children and adults alike receive, if not read in High School, is that of it’s hideous poster child: Frankenstein’s Monster. When Halloween rolls around, the mislabeled “Frankenstein” is at every corner, as the face of true horror. However, this symbol of terror and fear isn’t what our society has painted him out to be.

It is impossible to overlook that Frankenstein’s Monster can talk, think, and feel just as you and I can if the book is read. His intelligent growth is the turning point of the novel and it’s at this point that it must be asked: Where did we go wrong? Did anyone ever truly acknowledge the soul inside the Creation, or did we only ever care about his monstrous exterior features? It is at this point of discovery, that the reader begins rooting for the monster and sneering at his creator. As if to be a monster, one must be entirely un-relatable. This isn’t the case. The most frightening monsters of all are those we can relate to and see inside ourselves. Which is why Dr. Frankenstein is at once, the true monster, and the most relatable character.

Dr. Frankenstein is so innately human in his pursuit for knowledge and science that he is the true reason this story is horrific. He makes scientific break throughs no other scientist had done before as he inserts himself into the shoes of God, but at what cost? He felt righteous in his pursuit, and noble, but only after the fact did he realize what horrors he had dabbled in. No one wants to admit they are anything like Dr. Frankenstein, but as a whole, mankind has found innumerable ways to cause death and destruction by means of “progress”.

Frankenstein’s Monster is, at first, pure and innocent. He is unaware of the deplorable things mankind is capable of, much like an infant. I would love to relate to such a pure creature, but I know all too well how human nature’s truest form is corruption. After all, would we not have remembered Frankenstein’s Monster as innocent instead of turning him into the Halloween Monster he is today if we weren’t?

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” ~ Jurassic Park