Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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In 1818, a book titled Frankenstein was published anonymously, mysteriously dedicated to William Godwin, a prominent journalist and political philosopher of his time. The immediate reviews of the novel were mixed, most edging towards critical, although no one knew who the book was written by. However, while Frankenstein failed to gain popularity immediately, no one had any idea the lasting impact this novel would have on the world. Despite the lukewarm reception at its debut, it soon proved to be a huge success, rocketing to the front of the growing gothic horror fiction trend and staying there. Considered the first science fiction novel, Mary Shelley’s book was the inspiration for the mad scientist archetype that has formed the basis for countless other movies, books, costumes, and even breakfast cereals. This widespread success soon led to a film adaptation of the novel, which ultimately took a different take on the story through its many differences from Shelley’s book. Despite being based on the novel, the film’s interpretation of the creation was much different. In writing Frankenstein, Shelley was trying to draw attention to the psychological concerns with expanding scientific capabilities. As a current exhibit on the author states, “The image and story of the monster are much more than consumer commodities. They continue to help people articulate anxieties about the possibility of science changing the traditionally accepted boundaries of nature." It isn’t hard to see

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