Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley is best known for her gothic horror classic Frankenstein. Frankenstein has been heralded by many as the first science fiction book, and Frankenstein’s monster had become an integral character in the public’s cultural pantheon. However, Mary Shelley’s novel is also a cautionary tale of the dangers of intellectual curiosity. Robert Walton, the arctic explorer Victor Frankenstein meets in his final days, serves as a cautionary tale. By embarking on his arctic exploration mission, he places his crew and himself in mortal danger and experiences devastating feelings of loneliness and isolation. The novel’s protagonist, the young scientist Victor Frankenstein, becomes obsessed with the idea of the creation of new life and dedicates his university years to the creation of his own life form. The result is beyond human; a disfigured, grotesque creature that ultimately repels and punishes its own creator by murdering those he loves most. Frankenstein ultimately becomes guilt-ridden and extremely lonely as a result of his pursuits. When the creature itself dedicates itself to intellectual pursuits by learning to communicate with human language and interact in normal society, it too is met with rejection; the DeLacey family he yearns to become a part of runs away at the mere sight of him. The rejection that hits him the hardest is from his own creator, whom he had done nothing to slight except live.

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