Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

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Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity.

Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Shelley's preface to the first edition. This revised edition includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's 'The Vampyre- A Tale'.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the only daughter of the author and political philosopher William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman . In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married when his first wife died in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein , but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man.

If you liked Frankenstein , you might enjoy Bram Stoker's Dracula , also available in Penguin Classics.
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Penguin Books,, 2003.
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9780141439471
0141439475
Branch Call Number: FIC SHEL
Characteristics: lxiii, 273 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hindle, Maurice
Alternative Title: Frankenstein
Modern Prometheus

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One day Frankenstein built a monster and the monster wasn't very happy. Watch Frankenstein slowly lose his mind as he tries to grapple with what he's done and how to deal with the results.


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amithv
Jun 14, 2020

Frankenstein is one of the most famous Gothic horror novels that has ever existed simply because it deals with an integral question humans have asked for quite a long time: what exactly constitutes life? The story follows a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who pursues the ability to create life. He manages to actually create an animate being (out of mismatched cadavers from a nearby cemetery, don’t ask how), and then he promptly abandons his creation out of fear. Frankenstein refuses to acknowledge his creation, who is now sentient and well-versed in French, upon which the monster begins to ruin Frankenstein’s life in the worst ways possible. Frankenstein has been immensely popular for around 202 years because it challenges the definition of humanity and shows the dangers of science gone wrong. The descriptive imagery successfully allows the reader to feel Victor’s helplessness and anguish as everything falls apart around him, and it makes the reader feel compassion for Victor. Even though some readers might yell at their books because of Victor’s many mistakes, like reanimating the dead (which generally should not be a thing people do), Frankenstein is one of many classic books that is a must-read.

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lkim17
May 22, 2020

During a voyage to the North Pole, a crew of expeditioners rescue a man in the ice. The man, Victor Frankenstein, begins to tell the captain of his story, recounting the events from his childhood to creating a reanimated creature that he is now in pursuit of. Frankenstein is a chilling, gothic tale that dives into the mystery of bringing creatures back to life, and of the consequences Victor undergoes for creating and abandoning the creature. I liked this book greatly as it showed humanity in the creature, something he would forever be denied, as well as selfishness in Victor, and his refusal to help. This story, unique in its own making, is a classic that one should read at least once in their lifetime.

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ian12300
Apr 08, 2020

An excellent gothic horror poetically written in the Romantic style of the 1800s and intermingled with deep moral philosophy. A great read for pleasure or for study.

esimpat Mar 27, 2020

In the quest for greatness and notoriety, Victor Frankenstein, a young university student, discovers the genesis of life and creates a man in his laboratory. Isolating himself for years to accomplish his experiment only to experience extreme loathing at what he has created. The story then transpires as to the choices made by the characters in a way that does not condemn nor deify the act but allows the reader to make their own assessments.
At face value the story contemplates the morality and consequences of creating life but the narrative examines these issues with different perspectives that takes a deeper look at man’s struggle with right/wrong, compassion or lack thereof, status, and revenge. It is a story that is relevant even today as we stand on the cutting edge of science and its dilemmas in regard to any consequences to humanity in the name of progress.
Frankenstein is a book to read once and then perhaps read again later.

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carolwu96
Dec 17, 2019

Shelley’s work has been cited as evidence against everything from GMO to AI. However, while I do think man-playing-god-gone-wrong is a central theme, there are several other ones I wish to dwell upon.⁣⁣
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The first has to do with the dichotomy of good and evil. Frankenstein believes that the monster is evil because he is not human, but the latter argues it is because of the treatment he has received. In other words, it is a matter of nature versus nurture, and the book seems to lean towards the latter. ⁣⁣
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However, what’s interesting is that as a monster, there is technically nothing wrong with killing humans. After all, don’t the humans hunt hares also, and not even notice when we step on bugs while walking? The good and evil is no longer a definite concept here, but rather dependent on identity and perspective. ⁣⁣
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The second concerns the definition of humanity. Throughout the novel, both main characters remain obsessed with social connections. Frankenstein would rather die than tell people of his creation, and the monster first falls due to human rejection and later takes revenge through eliminating his creator’s connections. Thus, the definition of humanity here does not seem to be physical, as Frankenstein insists, but rather social. ⁣⁣
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Lastly, we know Frankenstein is compared to god and the monster to Adam, but Frankenstein also describes his experiment to the original sin by saying “the apple was already eaten.” So he, too, is Adam. Through playing god and creating Adam, god himself has also fallen. Through creating a monster, Frankenstein has also become one himself. ⁣⁣

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blue_dog_17792
Dec 11, 2019

It was good when I owned it, but I don't like books when I read them the second time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 11, 2019

Frankenstein is a classic Gothic novel written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, initially as a short horror story to enter in a competition between her husband and friends. Upon the suggestion and encouragement of her husband, Shelley succeeded in reforming her story into the renowned novel Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein, the narrator, seems to be a young man of very few wants, with a loving family and the prospect of a successful life ahead with his remarkable intelligence. However, upon the discovery of his potential to create a living human out of the bodies of the dead, which he procures in a graveyard, his life takes a dark turn. The story causes the reader to reflect upon Victor Frankenstein's ultimate decision, borne of his arrogance and confidence in his abilities, to create the monster, that became the curse of his life and those of his loved ones. Science, creation, brilliance; Frankenstein turns the tables as it portrays those things as dangerous weapons, especially in the hands of a genius. The horrors that exist inside a human are uncovered, to some extent, in this richly descriptive novel. 4 stars out of 5. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 06, 2019

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a classic that tells the tumultuous tale of a monster and his creator. Victor Frankenstein is a wealthy scholar who is overcome with the desire to learn about the origin of life. After laboring for years in solitude, he finally creates a man out of dead body segments but is horrified to see the grotesque monster he has created. Frankenstein abandons his creation which results in the monster killing his younger brother out of revenge. The remainder of the story revolves around the complicated relationship between master and creator where both sides seem equally pitiful. To find out what happens to Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, I recommend reading this amazing classic. Although it is a difficult read, this book is a 4 out of 5 because its chilling plot will make you turn page after page. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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watrousj
May 27, 2019

It's a classics! And a classics go it's actually a good one, if a little dated. With advances in science and technology the themes of Frankenstein might be more pertinent now then they were in 1818 when Mary Shelley first wrote it.

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sonu_n
Feb 26, 2019

One of the very first Science fiction novels I read that focuses on the consequences of action and the responsibility and ethics of scientific research and human values. This book is famous as a Halloween horror read, but it delves deep into the ego of acting god-like and the emotions of an un-dead monster willed into existence by a mortal being. The book questions who the real monster is!

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The story of attempting to prolong life and avoid death ultimately leading to disaster with the deaths and murders of friends and family of Victor Frankenstein.

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I ought to be thy Adam

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