Reading Response #1
19th Century Literature
Synopsis: The story is about a young man, Victor Frankenstein, who is obsessed with the ability to reanimate the decease. While studying chemistry at the University of Ingolstady in London, he is successfully able to create a device that can send high amounts of electromagnetic waves through out the body and as a result reactivating the central nervous system and bring life back to what was once already dead. Upon this discovery, Victor immediately rejects his creation and the story shifts as his creation becomes self-aware and begins to seek revenge on the world that has rejected him.
Reflection: Having never read the story of Frankenstein, I was shocked to learn how a man so obsessed with bringing back old life, could quickly turn against what he has painstakingly created. In the story, it is said that Victor Frankenstein spends a few months gathering research and conducting experiments in preparation for when the time comes to test out his invention. It said that Frankenstein took the time to collect various body parts in order to construct what he thought was the perfect man; a being who was 8 foot tall and there for faster and stronger then the average human. Being that all this preparation requires a great deal of time I would expect Frankenstein to become very familiar and comfortable with his subject/creation and therefore should be able to predict what the final outcome should look like if his experiment is a success. In the book, with in seconds of his experiment working, Frankenstein runs away in terror, immediately rejecting what he has created.
I also found it interesting that Frankenstein would choose to mix and match body parts for his first trial run rather then trying to get his hands on a body that was fully intact. I feel if his creation resembled the average human, then the shock of his experiment actually working would be less traumatic, especially if he was able to get his hands on a fresher body. But, I do realize the chances of Frankenstein getting his hands on a recently diseased body may actually not be realistic being that one, getting the body probably requires some form of grave robbing being that no one would probably give someone a fresh dead body to conduct this kind of experiment due to religious and moral issues. And two, the experiment relied on natural electricity i.e. lightning. Due to the time frame of the story, weather prediction was not something that was done, so the time frame in which the experiment is actually conducted can only be completed based on natural events.
In addition, I thought the monster’s observations of human interaction and culture was really fascinating. It is always interesting hearing someone analyze modern life style from an anthropological perspective and how silly some of our habits and routines actually sound when you break it down from a non-bias, third person perspective.