History Headscratchers / Frankenstein

29th Jan '16 1:41:25 PM NOYB
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** On the subject, why didn't Victor come up with a convincing lie close to the truth with which to defend Justine, one that wouldn't make him seem mad? He could have claimed that he had quarreled with a brutish man in Ingolstadt who had sworn revenge, and that, seeing this man on his return to Geneva, he had realized that the brute must be the murderer. Not an implausible story, and better than nothing at least.
9th Dec '15 10:20:42 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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*** No. Sorry, just… no. This is interesting of course, but Justine is an orphan girl they took with them, much like Elizabeth herself. Not a servant. (though she does perform some housework out of gratitude)
7th Nov '15 8:41:45 AM NewVirginiaCreeper
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*** Bear in mind, however, that this statement occurs within the frame of the Monster declaring eternal vengeance on Frankenstein. This is not a conventional parent-child relationship.
2nd Oct '15 9:35:34 PM nombretomado
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* The monster was a blank slate when brought to life; essentially a newborn baby, but with motor skills. In barely two years, he has learned to speak fluently, in two languages, simply by eavesdropping on a family. He has taught himself to read, and does so well enough to comprehend a book like ''Main/ParadiseLost.'' WTF? I don't care how intelligent he is; with no teachers, tutors, or positive human interaction of any kind, this severely strains Main/WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. In two years, he simply does not have the life experience needed to grasp abstract concepts, especially with no one to ask questions of. The idea that he had a used brain with some leftover knowledge doesn't work either, because he explicitly says that he had to figure out basic things like keeping warm, eating, and finding shelter by himself.

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* The monster was a blank slate when brought to life; essentially a newborn baby, but with motor skills. In barely two years, he has learned to speak fluently, in two languages, simply by eavesdropping on a family. He has taught himself to read, and does so well enough to comprehend a book like ''Main/ParadiseLost.''Literature/ParadiseLost.'' WTF? I don't care how intelligent he is; with no teachers, tutors, or positive human interaction of any kind, this severely strains Main/WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. In two years, he simply does not have the life experience needed to grasp abstract concepts, especially with no one to ask questions of. The idea that he had a used brain with some leftover knowledge doesn't work either, because he explicitly says that he had to figure out basic things like keeping warm, eating, and finding shelter by himself.
15th Sep '15 7:13:13 PM NewVirginiaCreeper
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**** Alleged by whom? Rumor is not really a relevant concept to 19th century material culture -- either this letter exists somewhere and has been written about by a reputable scholar, or this is a load of bunk.
13th Feb '15 5:27:38 AM GreatWyrmGold
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**** Mary Shelley didn't exactly keep a LiveJournal. The name was allegedly noted in letters to her friends. [[YourMilageMayVary Whether this is canon or not is up for debate.]]
21st Nov '14 2:01:34 PM AntMan
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*** Yeah, because of the makeup Karloff was wearing so he'd show up on camera.


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** In chapter 16, the creature realizes "from your papers that you [Dr. Frankenstein] were my father, my creator; and to whom could I apply with more fitness than to him who had given me life?"
9th Nov '14 5:42:44 PM AntMan
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*** Link or it didn't happen.
21st Sep '14 1:25:52 PM PatchworkSpace
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** In many adaptations, the creature and Victor were pursuing each other across the world, and by the time Victor met the captain they had just about found each other. The creature was probably clinging to the outside of the ship while Victor told the story, waiting for him to finish and die, so he could have peace in his final moments.

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** In many adaptations, the creature and Victor were pursuing each other across the world, and by the time Victor met the captain they had just about found each other. The creature was probably clinging to the outside of the ship while Victor told the story, waiting for him to finish and die, so he could have peace in his final moments.moments.
** The creature often left clues as to where he was to make sure Victor was following along. Since the boat had been stuck in the same position for some period of time, the creature probably realized that Victor was falling behind so likely retraced his steps to find him. Seeing the strange sight of a boat so far north he might have been curious enough to take a peek inside and saw Victor Frankenstein.

23rd May '14 6:08:12 AM MsPandaRosa
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*** Victor was too much a perfectionist to deliberately omit or mar any part of his creation. Even with his fears about his monsters breeding, he was too committed to his ideals to let himself fail in any way. If he was going to create a woman, then he was going to go all the way, ovaries and uterus included.

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*** Victor was too much a perfectionist to deliberately omit or mar any part of his creation. Even with his fears about his monsters breeding, he was too committed to his ideals to let himself fail in any way. If He'd already created a man, so if he was going to create do the same with a woman, then he was going to go all the way, ovaries and uterus included.
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