Sunday, June 2, 2013
Frankentein or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley
1818, 191 pages
The poor creature! Dr. Victor Frankenstein, driven by blind ambition, created a being who he could not love and, thus, created a monster. It is a sad and tragic tale. I suspect that the creature was a shadow of Dr. Frankenstein whom Frankenstein was sadly horrified by. In fact, the creature was capable of love, learning, and attachment. It was only the world's reaction to him that caused him to seek revenge.
The lessons I received from it were: don't hate your creations, love them; don't hide your monsters, they are not as evil and uncontrollable as you think; and be careful about what you wish for and what you strive for. I also saw in it a creation story in the line of Adam and Eve. God created these creatures but in the end, their ambition and thirst for knowledge repulsed the creature, and they were cast out. These creatures then went on to commit some horrible acts. What if God had accepted the creatures for what they were?