Some words that I learned:
Some thoughts that formed while reading:
The author uses a clever device to keep from providing her readers the recipe to making their own monsters:
“But this discovery was so great and overwhelming, that all the steps by which I had been progressively led to it were obliterated, and I beheld only the result.”
Making a behemoth who could crush him easily had not been Frankenstein’s first choice. However:
“As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature.”
The monster spoke French! I may be coming off as a goofball with this observation but since this is the first time I am reading the book, I didn’t already know this.
That the monster had no concept of right and wrong. We are taught about morality as kids and we retain those teaching when grown ups. He did not receive any such lessons. Is it fair to expect him to not steal when hungry? To not enter someone’s home unbidden? That got me thinking about something entirely different. If a creature is out together like a jigsaw from parts belonging to other people, would the brain retain the teachings imparted to the donor?
Another thing that I noticed was that Frankenstein is a wimp. He is also a drama queen and very very selfish! Evidence:
“The poor victim, who on the morrow was to pass the awful boundary between life and death, felt not as I did, such deep and bitter agony.”
That for the girl who is innocent and yet being tried for murder because of him!
I guessed the meaning of verdure because Botany! Verdant means green and I already knew that, so it wasn’t that big a jump.
That Asians are supposed to be slothful and Mahometans forbid their women to…well, do anything other than simply exist, I guess.
Since there is nothing in this novel, if not foreshadowing, it got me thinking. Did I enjoy the book a little less because I knew about the murderous rampage that the monster would be going on? I don’t think so. Maybe, that is why spoilers for most books, do not mean the end of the world for me either.
Words that stayed with me:
“It was a lovely sight, even to me, poor wretch! who had never beheld aught beautiful before.” Made me feel sad for the poor monster. The illustration above is about the first time he saw his reflection.
“I collected bones from charnel-houses; and disturbed, with profane fingers,the tremendous secrets of the human frame.” So perfectly graphic and shudder-inducing!
“I will gut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.” Now, that‘s a threat!
“…extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed.” This, from the jackass.
Allusions and a useful resource to help identify them:
“I was like the Arabian who had been buried with the dead, and found a passage to life, aided only by one glimmering, and seemingly, ineffectual light.”
The Arabian is Sinbad and the lines allude to the practice of burying a surviving spouse with the dead one! Find it and the rest of the allusions here.
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