Frankenstein Volume I


After reading the first volume of Frankenstein, I developed an entirely different opinion about the book. Before cracking it open I had established many reservations about the book due to previous publicity on the subject as well as the fact that it is a novel we are reading in Science Fiction class and to this day, I am still unsure if I am a fan of the genre or not. I had assumed this novel would be either a tough read for me due to scientific language or provide me with absolutely no entertainment and leave me dragging through chapter by chapter. After putting my assumptions aside, I dreadingly embarked on my reading. The first few letters to his sister still left me uneasy, but as the story developed I became engrossed in Victor’s beginnings. Without these letters, the novel would seem empty. I can’t imagine the story without them now. The letters provided me with such a large background of where he started to where he became scientifically developed. Without his family pushing his education at such a young age, I feel Victor may have never progressed to this stage. He would have never developed such an interest in science if he wasn’t given the opportunity to study both the history of science as well as modern science. I was surprised to have liked reading it as much as I did and am curious as to why our culture decided to leave these letters out entirely? If anything I think they should have reinvented them in a way that would be more appealing to the masses but not eliminate them.


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One Response to Frankenstein Volume I

  1. Josh Ambrose says:

    When you say that you are “curious as to why our culture decided to leave these letters out entirely,” are you referring to the movies? Regardless, I think you’re right–the level of knowledge of the actual, original text in pop culture is shockingly low. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

    You mention Victor studying “modern science.” I think one thing that’s surprised me in this reading is how little science is actually alluded to in anything but vagaries. I wonder if Shelley’s original readers saw this as a “science” type book, or a “fantasy.”

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