Friday, May 10, 2013

Frankenstein Response by Henry Gassner


After reading Frankenstein, I found that it was easily understandable how it has become such a classic of 19th literature, and Science Fiction in general.  I found it quite enthralling how the author created such a believable conception, and development of the Monster’s character and backed up his horrendous acts with reason.  The truth I believe would be that if a monster like that was created all of the human’s reactions to encountering the creature are accurate to what would actually happen if it were true.  
I recall a lot of irony throughout the novel.  I found it ironic that Victor spent nearly a year or two creating the creature, and then when he finally finished slaving over it he was horrified and fled.  It is further ironic that the monster then essentially destroys his life.  More irony can be found in the monster’s encounters with the humans, as the monster continually feels nothing but love and compassion for the humans, they reject him.  I find it generally ironic that the monster becomes so eloquently literate, and eventually gains the power to manipulate Victor (originally being able to make Victor agree to create a companion Monster).  Finally it was also quite ironic that the exhausting amount of effort they put into destroying each other, the Monster eventually cries upon the sight of Victor’s death.

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