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Be Careful of Ambition

Christopher Martinez

Narrative:

Once, there was an ambitious scientist whose name was Darwin Frankenstein. Darwin was a very ambitious person and always sought to explore the unknown. His intentions as a scientist was to find out the truth of everything that had a life. In other words, he wanted to recreate life itself. Some would say Darwin Frankenstein is the modern Prometheus, while others may call him idiotic for trying to challenge the creator of his existence – god.  Darwin attended a very prestigious university that focused on the sciences, however, Darwin also learned about the philosophical thoughts created about humans itself. Darwin would hate any other class that had nothing to do with his passion. Using his brilliant mindset, he wanted to create a ‘thing’ with life and emotion. Darwin wanted a companion with consciousness.

When Darwin graduated from his university he had a goal that had to be fulfilled before the day of his death. Darwin wanted the power of life in his hand. One stormy night while walking back home from a small distraction break, Darwin saw something crying its soul out through the corner of his eye. Darwin saw the shadow of death take away the soul of a tender young black dog. As soon as Darwin saw this, he grabbed the dog and rushed straight to his house. Darwin ran with excitement, his dopamine levels were out of control. It was as if Darwin entered a state of euphoria as he finally knew what he was going to experiment on. When Darwin got home he placed the dog on his table and began the procedure. He took out the dogs brain and replaced it with a humans brain that he stole from a nearby hospital. He shaved the dog’s hair and switched it to something very odd. Darwin then stitched up the young dog as he was getting mentally ready for the moment. As the lighting reflected Darwin’s face, he flipped the electric switch that would change the meaning of life. “IT ALIVE!” said Darwin.

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Darwin looked at the dog with happiness all written all over him. “ Those blue eyes, the white fur, the perfect paws. What a beautiful dog.” Darwin looked at the dog as something to praise. He felt the power of the highest power on his hands. The dog began to run around like a lost person in the wilderness, but once the dog stopped he looked at Darwin and growled. Darwin ran away into his other room, however, when he came back to take a peek into his home laboratory, the dog disappeared.

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Darwin had looked everywhere and the fear spread through his veins. Darwin was starting to go insane. He didn’t even take a glance to reflect what he had done. If only he knew that the dog died from abuse and the dogs wish was to go into his paradise. The dog was rather happy dying. On the other hand, the human brain that Darwin had captured was a brain that would’ve saved a human’s life. The person who needed the brain had been waiting for years and years. If only Darwin took the time to realize what he was doing.

 

Review:

Dear Christopher Martinez,

I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed your replication of Frankenstein and adapting it to the 21st century. I think that the story really showed Darwin real side in the original Frankenstein. Everything felt right and the sense of originality and creativity is shown. Throughout the story, Darwin is shown as a person who is very ambitious and wants to make something that has never been made before. He wants to have the hands of god and use it to his own benefit. Throughout this short replication of Frankenstein, Darwin is shown as a person who is fully dedicated to his mission. He goes to college for his own benefit and doesn’t really care about anything else that he learns. He ignores the real world just to have the same power as a creator! I also see a connection between the definition of beauty in the original Frankenstein and your story. Frankenstein’s ideology in beauty is that the European looks (white, blue eyes, and clear skin) are better looking than others. The use of the dog’s fur shows how Darwin wants only “beautiful and perfect” looks for his creation

Originality is shown in the story in a very unique way. The way the story is formatted gave me the chills. For example, you used similes to give any reader an image of what they are exactly reading. In your version of the story, I learned about Darwin obtaining a dog and getting a human’s brain. I read a bit of context on these two subjects, however, at the end of your story you come back to these and explain the meaning of these two important parts of the story. I found out how the dog actually died and what the brain was being used for. I am interpreting that you wanted readers to feel like Darwin. Darwin is shown a person who doesn’t give much thought to his actions and likewise, I felt that way as well. I read about these two things with little to no context and I didn’t pause to think what these two objects in the story truly signified about Darwin’s personality.

From,

A Bobcat

 

Samantha Shapiro

Jessica Rae Fisher promotes the idea of reclaiming slurs such as “tranny” and “creature” to “embrace…queerness” as an extensional support of Stryker’s desire to “lay claim to the dark power of [her] monstrous identity without using it as a weapon against others or being wounded by it myself,” or accept being a “monster,” and accept the separateness, yet togetherness established in reclaiming the term (Stryker 240). In reclaiming words used against them, they are able to be moved to “disidentification with compulsorily  assigned subject positions” (Stryker 248) and become something else through manipulating the very things that bind them into their monstrous labels.

Fisher purports that they “don’t think there’s any shame in living life in rageful ways,” in doing so helps to transform to conforming to the “priority in living life in compassionate ways” (Fisher). We can see similarities to the stances brought on by Stryker and Fisher through the first meeting of Robert Walton and the creature, and the lack of reclaiming occurring by the final scenes within Frankenstein.

“And do you dream?” said the daemon; “do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse? — He,” he continued, pointing to the corpse, “he suffered not in the consummation of the deed — oh! not the ten-thousandth portion of the anguish that was mine during the lingering detail of its execution. A frightful selfishness hurried me on, while my heart was poisoned with remorse. Think you that the groans of Clerval were music to my ears? My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy; and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.

“After the murder of Clerval I returned to Switzerland heartbroken and overcome. I pitied Frankenstein; my pity amounted to horror: I abhorred myself But when I discovered that he, the author at once of my existence and of its unspeakable torments, dared to hope for happiness; that while he accumulated wretchedness and despair upon me he sought his own enjoyment in feelings and passions from the indulgence of which I was forever barred, then impotent envy and bitter indignation filled me with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. I recollected my threat and resolved that it should be accomplished. I knew that I was preparing for myself a deadly torture; but I was the slave, not the master, of an impulse which I detested, yet could not disobey. Yet when she died! — nay, then I was not miserable. I had cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish, to riot in the excess of my despair. Evil thenceforth became my good. Urged thus far, I had no choice but to adapt my nature to an element which I had willingly chosen. The completion of my daemoniacal

design became an insatiable passion. And now it is ended; there is my last victim!”

Clearly “fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy.”

The creature was “fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy” from its creation, but in it, was externally terrifying to others, and brought into the world by Frankenstein only to fall into “vice and hatred,” (186) unable to withstand a change in itself and desires once rejected and tormented by the humans he was supposed to find happiness under. With the creature being forced into murder and deceit through a “frightful selfishness,” his very own “heart…fashioned of love and sympathy” towards humans shattered, “poisoned with remorse” (186).

A lonely creature

In being created in such a manner, rejected by others just because he was born a certain way, he was “forever barred” (186) from feelings and passions available to seemingly any other living creature, forever separated and isolated from an almost parallel situations of transsexuals rejected from their own communities, as Fisher questions how “social creatures,” or fellow humans, “could ever be expected to take care of ourselves when we are isolated and/or rejected from our communities” (Fisher). The creature then chooses to “cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish, to riot in the excess of [its] despair,” forced to “adapt my nature to an element which I had willingly chosen” by reclaiming itself as a “daemon” through murder (186).

Other selfish drives 

Rather than willingly choose, though, in control of anything, the creature became a “slave…of an impulse which [it] detested,” (186) or forced into trying to reclaim something it truly doesn’t want to turn to, albeit in a selfish drive. In this instance, while the creature appears to try and reclaim its daemonical nature through its rage and suffering, because it does so as “the slave, not the master, of an impulse which [it] detested,” it is unable to truly “reclaim the term” as the creature resolves to do so “using it as a weapon against others” and ends up “being wounded by it itself” (Stryker 240).

By Maria Nguyen-Cruz
TW: Transphobia, and mentions of dysmorphia

Stryker and Fisher circle around the word monster, circling around the term, even taking it so far as to adorn themselves with the term as a badge of honor. The source of their struggle with alienation is delivered to them on a silver platter by the binary constructions that Western society and culture has created. Just as the creatures own struggle was passed onto him by his creator and the conventions that the people of his culture and species had bestowed unto him and humans alike.

The creature is forced to live in society. The creature has no choice but to exist in a world that has little regard for them, to remain isolated in their hut and be accused of invading the “normal” spaces. Just like Stryker when she referenced a TERF’s* letter to a transwoman who spoke in public, misgendering her and saying that “This individual] is not a threat to the lesbian community, he is an outrage to us… He deserves a slap in the face”. The same sort dehumanizing and fierce rejection manifests as a real and phyical action against the creature in DeLacey’s cabin;

“Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted, and
Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung, in a transport of
fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick.”

Fisher, while aware of the physical reprecussion of rejection, is more focused on self harm and suicide (not to say that Stryker neglects the subject) citing the high death rate of trans youth and adults in America. Transphobia and the dsyphoric feelings of the transexuals and transgender folx, not only imparts mental trauma- it manifests itself as pure physical violence from outward and inward sources. The encounter with the DeLacey family and the creatures frequent lament of their loneliness, are instances of this visceral acts of hatred that leave such an searing pain in the creatures heart that it turns to anger. They rage against their physical form, “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” is not just a lament but an act of self depreciation.

The angry mob of villagers isn’t something that happens to the creature explicitly in the novel. But he is rejected by people from different walks of society. They are recognized immediately for their apparent “artificiality”.  In fact, think about it! The creature was made to exist as themselves but spends their lifetime tasting rejection and is left to do nothing but waste away, hate their body and rot.

You’d be mad too.

Encourage your local trans/nonbinary teens, tweens, pres and inbetweens to rage against society today!

 

 

 

*TERF= Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist

Be Your Trueself

In “My Words To Victor Frankenstein Above The Village Of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage” by Susan Stryker, she describes how she can relate to the creature in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. She goes into depth about her own life and struggles she has faced. Stryker says that terms like dyke, queer, fag or slut should be reclaimed by the people being called these names. Jessica Rae Fisher, a transgender woman writes her response to Stryker’s work in “I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action” and agrees with what Stryker has to say and also feels like the creature. She agrees with reclaiming all the terms Stryker uses and wants to add monster and creature to be reclaimed as well.

Not being able to feel comfortable in one’s own body is a struggle we see from the creature of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The creature discovers that he does not look the the rest of society, but he knows that deep down inside he is a normal person like anyone else. His appearance does not define who he is. Most transgender people can relate to the creature for this reason because they are also unhappy with the bodies they were born with. Some transgender people are lucky enough that they can afford surgery to make their physical body parts reflect how they truly feel. Society has a hard time accepting people who looked/are different from the “norm”, that is why the creature was isolated most of his life because people were afraid of him and labeled him as a monster. Transgender people have a hard time coming out because it can push the people they care about out of their life because they don’t understand. We see this when Victor abandons the creature when it is brought to life, Victor leaves the creature when he needed him the most. This is the same case with some transgender people when they are transitioning, the people they need the most leave them and don’t support them.

Transgender rage is “when the inability to foreclose the subject occurs through a failure to satisy norms of gendered embodiment” (Stryker, 249). This is not bad thing because we see the creature have rage toward Victor for leaving him and making him face the world by himself. The creature’s rage was logical and he had every right to have this. Not being able to fit into society’s norms can be challenging but once you find yourself and know who you truly are society’s norms do not matter anymore because they are a social construct anyways. Society wants to put us all in a box to act/look the same, when we’re all different, “it isn’t our responsibility to make the villagers understand or accept us, and maybe, in fact, we can’t” (Fisher) . We can’t satisfy everyone, so we might as well just satisfy ourselves and put ourselves first.

-Marycarmen Nieto

 

Transgender Frankenstein?

Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth. Jessica Rae Fisher makes connections with Frankenstein and the transgender community. The main argument point is that the creature’s gender is vague, although some would argue that it is not that vague. The creation is shown as masculine in a majority of the novel, yet it is not definitely defined. All the readers really get is pronouns that the other characters and the narrator forces on the creation. Just as transgender people also get pronouns forced upon them as well. We can see more connections through the novel and transgender people. Victor himself goes through different changes. He goes from wanting to be with his deceased mother, to wanting to be his mother and actually does it. Also his relation to Elizabeth seems to be superficial where it seems he rather be her than with her. Just like transgender people, Victor and his creation were isolated from society and not really accepted. They both seem to be the same, two opposites, just like a coin.

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In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creation introduced us to the conversation of the struggle to find one’s true identity in a world of conformity. As the creature comes to the realization that he is not like the people he has read about in books, nor the people he has watched and learned from over the course of his existence, he grows infatuated with questioning his identity. The creature told Victor, “As I read…I found myself similar, yet at the same time strangely unlike to the beings concerning whom I read, and to whose conversation I was a listener,” (Shelley 115). In relation to Susan Stryker’s essay, she mentioned how she felt similar to the creature’s worries by stating, “Like the monster, I am too often perceived as less than fully human due to the means of my embodiment,” (Stryker 238). For the creature,  he struggled to discern his value and placement in the world, scrambling to gather any understanding of personal identity. 

As Jessica Rae Fisher mentioned in her post responding to Stryker’s essay, she mentions that, as a transgender author who faces a lot of criticism in regards to her gender and identity, “I think we should reclaim the words monster and creature. I think that if the villagers want to see us as unnatural, that we should embrace that.” Fisher goes on to agree with Stryker’s focus on reclaiming words that were so often used to degrade beings and turn them into empowering words. The creatures constant struggle to fit in as he tells Victor, “My person was hideous, and my statue gigantic: what did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them,” (Shelley 115). Identity is founded on many guiding principles, one fundamental impact being community and society. Clearly lacking the family unit necessary for appropriate development, the creature then seeks society to attempt to answer the questions he yearns to have answered. 

The rage that the creature faced when it came to finding his true identity in the world could be compared to Fisher’s own struggles. Fisher wrote, “So when I need to process emotions that might otherwise make me cry, I put on some music that will allow me to nourish my rage. There is great priority in living life in compassionate ways. I don’t think there’s any shame in living life in rageful ways,” (Fisher). She believes that rage should be expressed in any way that a person sees fit. Stryker also believed this as she mentioned, “Like the monster, the longer I live in these conditions, the more rage I harbor. Rage colors me as it presses in through the pores of my skin, soaking in until it becomes the blood that courses through my beating heart. It is a rage bred by the necessity of existing in external circumstances that work against my survival. But there is yet another rage within,” (Stryker 244).  

 

monster’s rage

In both Susan Stryker’s essay and in Jessica Rae Fisher’s response to the essay, they both make connections with Frankenstein and the transgenders. Stryker makes a sense of reclaiming the words “creature” and “monster” as their own. In Fisher’s article, I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action, she agrees with Stryker, “I think we should reclaim the words monster and creature. I think that if the villagers want to see us as unnatural, that we should embrace that.”, once transgenders are able to accept those words they can’t be hurt by them. Transgenders are able to relate to the monster in some kind of way of not being accepted, their rage comes from the same place of feeling lonely, hurt, and alienated.

Fisher’s article is able to connect with the question of what gender is the monster. In the novel it is referred to as “he”, but the monster himself didn’t know what he was because he didn’t fit the looks of the village people. “I had never seen yet a being resemble me, or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I.”(Shelly 110). In another way you can again relate the monster and transgenders, not knowing their true identity. Still to this day the question of gender identity is popular and it seems now through a deeper analysis in the novel Frankenstein it’s a big question as well.frankenstein-2

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By: Mary Russell

Jessica Rae Fisher and Susan Stryker both seek to reclaim the title “monster” from their oppressors. As transgender women, their existence is viewed as unnatural as, “The product of medical science. It is a technological construction. It is flesh torn apart and sewn together again in a shape other than that in which it was born” (Stryker 2). The creation of Frankenstein’s monster is often likened to this view of transitioning, because the creature is an unnatural amalgamation of parts. In viewing the creature purely as a monster, this comparison is cruel. Fisher and Stryker however seek to take this description for themselves, and use it as armor against the cruelness of the world. The creature is often seen as sympathetic in it’s rage against it’s creator, and so to is the transgender rage sympathetic.

The creature is best understood when explaining it’s plight to Frankenstein himself. The creature tells it’s creator, “I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone?… If the multitude of mankind knew of my existence, they would do as you do, and arm themselves for my destruction. Shall I not then hate them who abhor me?” (Shelley 93). The creature loved, and wanted to be loved. Unfortunately, he was alone and an outcast. He could not seek refuge in human society, nor in the home of his creator. Filisa Vistima was rejected from her community, a blow felt by all transgender individuals at one point or another. Like Vistima, like the creature, they feel rejected by society for no other reason than their existence. They want to love and be loved. Eventually, the creature learned of the hatred he would experience in society as transgender people learn. As a defense against this disappointment and isolation, the creature chooses to hate mankind first. The creature is, “Miserable, and they [mankind] shall share my wretchedness,” (Shelley 93). To defend against the pain of rejection, the creature chooses to reflect this pain back on the aggressors. They will feel their hatred, and feel how miserable it is. Transgender rage is a manifestation of the creature’s defense mechanism. Instead of internalizing their wounds, they throw them back.

The creature is not only relatable in it’s rage however. When living with the cottagers, the creature states that he learned,

Of the difference of sexes; and the birth and growth of children; how the father doted on the smiles of the infant, and the lively sallies of the older child; how all the life and cares of the mother were wrapped up in the precious charge; how the mind of youth expanded and gained knowledge; of brother, sister, and all the various relationships which bind one human being to another in mutual bonds.

But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing… What was I? The question again recurred, to be answered only with groans. (Shelley 109-110)

The creature questions it’s own gender and how it fits into the norms he witnesses. The DeLacey family showed the creature what it was to be a father, what it was to be a brother or a sister, and what it was to be a man or a woman. The creature associated these roles as inherent with gender. Without experiencing any of these things, the creature is left wondering what it is. It had no mother or father, and no siblings therefore it does not know what role it fills. Fisher states that she feels, “Uncertainty about where I [Fisher] stand in relation to my community,” (Fisher). Not only does Fisher feel out of place in her community, she questions her role in it. Stryker too experiences an “abnormal” family life, with her lover and children. The nuclear family feels out of touch for transgender individuals, and often they feel uncertain of their roles as children. A woman will feel uncomfortable raised with masculine expectations, and will be uncomfortable with their discomfort. She would become alienated from her gender expression, and wonder where she belonged. She would wonder, “What was I?” with seemingly no answers.

The creature is a reflection of the transgender rage, loneliness, and alienation felt by the community. The creature feels the acute isolation and hatred symptomatic of societal hatred relatable to transgender individuals. It’s rage is their rage. It’s sadness is their sadness. The creature’s unnatural nature was used as an insult to the trans community, but upon reevaluation it can be reclaimed as a medal of honor. Those who spew hatred at transgender individuals should fear the rage they are creating.

Sexual ChoiceSometimes in life, you will disagree with the members of society in any sort of way. Whether if it’s for Sports, News Media Coverage, pleasures found in Television Media, Sex, Religion, Race, anything miscellaneous in-between matters. Sometimes you’re even outcasted from significant groups for what you believe in, for what you are, and even, for what you’re NOT. Individuals from the LGBTQ community exclusively are outcasted from society because they’re likings are different from what many prefer it be. From a family perspective, they live with constant fear and isolation from their real selves for the conundrum of a world we live in. People are afraid of different.

The whole Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley is primarily contributed to the notion that if someone or something is made in the images one’s true perfection they’re are outcasted as an enigma of imperfection, but when in reality they never were in the first place. We use neopronouns for the individuals we apparently can’t understand what they are or decide to be, when ultimately we shouldn’t be asking that in the first place and should accept the indifference of society with open arms. ” I want to lay claim to the dark power of my monstrous identity without using it as a weapon against others or being wounded by it myself. I will say this as bluntly as I know how: I am a transsexual, and therefore I am a monster” [Skylar, 240]. Never should we live in a society where different is evil, erroneous, bad. Negative connotations that we inject on the ideology of being different is what truly impacts the differentiation for what’s wrong and what’s truly wrong in this world.

The LGBTQ community is NOT one of them. If we continue to flourish with such neglect that affects this world with the ability for change, it marks the end of all that is noble and righteous.

 

– Stephen Muñoz

With Acceptance

By Jade Graham

Bullying is an issue that will never cease. Members of the LGBTQ community sadly realize this. There will always be people who do not accept someone for who they are/want to be. They push and push every button till there is death. Love is love and people change themselves because that is their choice. Their choices are seen as wrong to others and because of that, what they should be gone from this world? Those who are seen as “different” (but have feelings and should be accepted for whatever their choices are) have to accept that just like Jessica Rae Fischer did when she came to terms with relating to Frankenstein’s creation the Monster.

People can easily relate to an outsider like the creature. When someone is considered an outsider and ostracized for who they are that person feels shame. The monster as people started to call him began to believe it, cast out from society and left alone. As the bullying continued from others including Victor, the creature continued to lash out and seek revenge. That can be considered an effect of bullying, the consequences for other”s behavior and their actions. No person or creature deserves to be bullied because of their looks or how they change their appearance.

Victor also struggled. There was talk in class about how Victor desired a sex change and the want of a male partner which we all understand. Yet, he did not realize it. That idea of not believing or in denial was common for Frankenstein’s time period. People did admit to having feelings for their same gender, let alone wanting to be their opposite gender. Victor’s connections with the females in his life as seen as poorly developed. While the male relationships are stronger and more caring. Imagine if Mary Shelley halfway through her novel made Victor become transgender. What would have happened? One thing is for sure. It would be a completely different novel.

One thing that’s interesting is how (having lived near and spent a good amount of time) in Seattle there is pride among the LGBTQ community, yet the volunteer group that Filisa Vistima was involved with did not allow transsexuals to be a part of their community. The idea of “admitted transsexuals the SBWN would no longer be a women’s organization”  is an appalling one (Stryker). The whole reason these volunteer community groups are started in the first place is to create a sense of belonging. How are people supposed to feel accepted about their life choices when they are not even welcomed in the first place? It’s quite sad to say, but there need to be more safe spaces for those who need and want it. Not everyone in society is always going to be welcoming with open arms. But there can be people who are.

As more people continue to read Frankenstein, the more people are exposed to the idea of sexuality within the novel and possibly come to realize the damage bullying has on people like Jessica Rae Fischer.

To practice open-mindedness. That is the key to accepting people for who they are. Not as a society blinded by ignorance and rudeness, but as kind individuals who accept each other as they are. No matter their differences and life choices.

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