Frankenstein Post #1

I am approximately halfway done with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I am intrigued by how the story is told. The novel starts with Walton’s letters to Mrs. Saville which are used to introduce specific characters and elements to the readers. The way the majority of the story is told is Victor Frankenstein is telling Walton on the ship about his experiences. This is through direct storytelling and through old letters. Victor tells us about his family background and introduces us to all the important characters. One of the most important characters he tells us about is Elizabeth Lavenza who is a girl his parents adopted. Victor and Elizabeth are meant to be together from the start and his parents want to see them end up getting married. Victor also tells us about his childhood friend Henry Clerval who is a factor later in the story. Victor tells us about how he becomes very intrigued with philosophy and begins studying the outdated readings of certain philosophers. It is decided that Victor will go to Ingolstadt to continue his education but before he leaves, his mother catches a sickness from Elizabeth and passes away. While at school, Victor meets various professors who get him intrigued with the new sciences. Victor becomes obsessed with his work and soon becomes ill from isolation from everyone. Victor starts a secret creation where he ends up making a monster-like creature that gets away. Victor learns that his brother was murdered and finally decides to go back home. Victor thinks his monster killed his brother but keeps it in secrecy which leads to Justine to being hung for the murder. Victor then meets the monster who brings him in the cave and tells Victor about his life story and how he is learning. Victor’s secrecy is a major theme in the novel because many problems could have been avoided if he had shared his findings and had not acted jealously like all other scientists. I am very excited to continue reading and learning more about the story.

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