History Headscratchers / Frankenstein

24th Oct '16 7:34:08 PM NewVirginiaCreeper
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*** If Frankenstein is a parent (and on some metaphorical level, this is certainly the case), he is an absentee father who immediately forsakes his responsibility to his offspring... let's call him the ultimate deadbeat dad. He does even attend to the most basic responsibility of any parent: to give his child a name. This is why would appear to me to be thematically dead wrong to call the monster "Frankenstein."

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*** If Frankenstein is a parent (and on some metaphorical level, this is certainly the case), he is an absentee father who immediately forsakes his responsibility to his offspring... let's call him the ultimate deadbeat dad. He does doesn't even attend to the most basic responsibility of any parent: to give his child a name. This is why would appear to me to be thematically dead wrong to call the monster "Frankenstein."
9th Sep '16 12:09:29 PM TheTownsend
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** What's ''really'' unclear is how he speaks English to Walton at the end of the book. Or for that matter how he read Paradise Lost while learning French, unless it was a translation. Unless… he ''learned'' English ''by'' reading Paradise Lost? With only a rudimentary understanding of French? His accent must be ''terrible''.
13th Jun '16 1:27:06 AM Luppercus
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*** If the monster is really as big as describe then it was easier for Victor to work with his body in a time when microscopes didn't exist. He did more than just expose the body to an electric storm as seen in most movies.

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*** If the monster is really as big as describe described then it was easier for Victor to work with his body in a time when microscopes didn't exist. He did more than just expose the body to an electric storm as seen in most movies.
13th Jun '16 1:26:38 AM Luppercus
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*****If the monster is really as big as describe then it was easier for Victor to work with his body in a time when microscopes didn't exist. He did more than just expose the body to an electric storm as seen in most movies.
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.]]
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