History Literature / Frankenstein

18th Dec '15 12:54:10 PM MasoTey
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''Frankenstein'' (full title: ''Frankenstein; [[EitherOrTitle or, The Modern Prometheus]]'') is a novel by Creator/MaryShelley, originally published in 1818, with a 1823 reprint without Shelley's involvement and a third edition in 1831, this time with significant edits from the author. It is often considered the very first ScienceFiction novel, projecting what was cutting edge science of its day (electricity causes muscle to move) to a logical extreme. The novel tells the story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who unlocks the secrets to CreatingLife, and uses this knowledge to create an artificial man, larger and stronger than most mortals, [[AndSomeOtherStuff by means that he declines to describe in his narrative]]. While he is initially triumphant with his success, a few moments of observing the flailing and moaning patchwork being leaves [[UncannyValley Victor disgusted by and fearful of his creation]]. He suddenly [[GoneHorriblyRight realizes the full ramifications of his success]] and is horrified; he abandons the Creature in the castle and flees to his family's estate.
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''Frankenstein'' (full title: ''Frankenstein; [[EitherOrTitle or, The Modern Prometheus]]'') is a novel by Creator/MaryShelley, originally published in 1818, with a 1823 reprint without Shelley's involvement and a third edition in 1831, this time with significant edits from the author. It is often considered the very first ScienceFiction novel, UrExample of the entire genre of ScienceFiction, projecting what was cutting edge science of its day (electricity causes muscle to move) to a logical extreme. The novel tells the story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who unlocks the secrets to CreatingLife, and uses this knowledge to create an artificial man, larger and stronger than most mortals, [[AndSomeOtherStuff by means that he declines to describe in his narrative]]. While he is initially triumphant with his success, a few moments of observing the flailing and moaning patchwork being leaves [[UncannyValley Victor disgusted by and fearful of his creation]]. He suddenly [[GoneHorriblyRight realizes the full ramifications of his success]] and is horrified; he abandons the Creature in the castle and flees to his family's estate.

The subtitle, ''A Modern Prometheus'', compares Victor Frankenstein to the Greek titan [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who brought the secret of fire from Mount Olympus to mortal men, reflecting on Frankenstein's spiritual would-be theft of the secret to creating life - but like Prometheus, Frankenstein also came to regret his transgression [[note]]As a note, Prometheus also created man himself and could see into the future, his name meaning "foresight". One interpretation is the parellel between Victor and Prometheus' acts of creation. Additionally, Prometheus knew what would happen to him when he took the flame.[[/note]] . Many would say that ''Frankenstein'' was the ultimate warning of ScienceIsBad, though similar stories were common throughout the industrial revolution. More feminist interpretations point to the attempt to remove feminine influence from the act of creating life, exemplified when Frankenstein destroys the mate that he had agreed to make for the Creature, and the subsequent death of his own fiancee by the Creature's hand. Finally, some point to it as the UrExample of the entire genre of ScienceFiction.
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The subtitle, ''A Modern Prometheus'', compares Victor Frankenstein to the Greek titan [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who brought the secret of fire from Mount Olympus to mortal men, reflecting on Frankenstein's spiritual would-be theft of the secret to creating life - -- but like Prometheus, Frankenstein also came to regret his transgression [[note]]As a note, Prometheus also created man himself and could see into the future, his name meaning "foresight". One interpretation is the parellel parallel between Victor and Prometheus' acts of creation. Additionally, Prometheus knew what would happen to him when he took the flame.[[/note]] . Many would say that ''Frankenstein'' was the ultimate warning of ScienceIsBad, though similar stories were common throughout the industrial revolution. More feminist interpretations point to the attempt to remove feminine influence from the act of creating life, exemplified when Frankenstein destroys the mate that he had agreed to make for the Creature, and the subsequent death of his own fiancee by the Creature's hand. Finally, some point to it as the UrExample of the entire genre of ScienceFiction. hand.

* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Not really. The Monster picks up this ideal towards the end, but realizes how wrong he is. Also subverted when he was observing the family towards the beginning - especially when the blind grandfather started to warm up to him.
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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Not really. The Monster picks up this ideal towards the end, but realizes how wrong he is. Also subverted when he was observing the family towards the beginning - -- especially when the blind grandfather started to warm up to him.

*** FridgeBrilliance: The monster cynically thanks Frankenstein for getting at least one thing right, giving him a fine mind (see Instant Expert below). Had the Creature been allowed to observe the entire process of his mate's reanimation, it would be a simple matter of reverse engineering the process to reanimate "children" of their own- ''[[TheExtremistWasRight and pass along the knowledge to their decendants, creating a race of undead superhumans.]]''
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*** FridgeBrilliance: The monster cynically thanks Frankenstein for getting at least one thing right, giving him a fine mind (see Instant Expert below). Had the Creature been allowed to observe the entire process of his mate's reanimation, it would be a simple matter of reverse engineering the process to reanimate "children" of their own- ''[[TheExtremistWasRight and pass along the knowledge to their decendants, descendants, creating a race of undead superhumans.]]''
17th Oct '15 6:38:50 AM passivesmoking
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** Averted with the Creature, who started out a hideous but well-intentioned individual and only became villainous because of constant mistreatment.
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** Averted with the Creature, who started out a hideous but well-intentioned innocent individual and only became villainous because of constant mistreatment.
2nd Oct '15 9:35:22 PM nombretomado
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* InstantExpert: The Creature learns to speak and read French in less than a year of watching a family teach a foreigner. After just a few months he's already good enough to read ''ParadiseLost''! May be justified by Victor having him made from the get-go with "adult hardware," so to speak, which would've made it easier to learn things quickly.
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* InstantExpert: The Creature learns to speak and read French in less than a year of watching a family teach a foreigner. After just a few months he's already good enough to read ''ParadiseLost''! ''Literature/ParadiseLost''! May be justified by Victor having him made from the get-go with "adult hardware," so to speak, which would've made it easier to learn things quickly.

* PunnyName: The name 'Victor' is actually a sneaky reference to ''ParadiseLost'' (a big influence on the story), as Milton often refers to God as 'the Victor'. Then [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the Monster equates himself with Adam....]]
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* PunnyName: The name 'Victor' is actually a sneaky reference to ''ParadiseLost'' ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' (a big influence on the story), as Milton often refers to God as 'the Victor'. Then [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the Monster equates himself with Adam....]]
20th Aug '15 1:55:32 PM justanid
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''Literature/TheVampyre'' by John William Polidori happened to be written around the same time, while both authors (along with her husband Percy Byssche Shelley) stayed at a villa near Lake Geneva during [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer summer of 1816.]]
20th Aug '15 4:21:17 AM _____________
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The novel tells the story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who unlocks the secrets to CreatingLife, and uses this knowledge to create an artificial man, larger and stronger than most mortals, [[AndSomeOtherStuff by means that he declines to describe in his narrative]]. While he is initially triumphant with his success, a few moments of observing the flailing and moaning patchwork being leaves [[UncannyValley Victor disgusted by and fearful of his creation]]. He suddenly [[GoneHorriblyRight realizes the full ramifications of his success]] and is horrified; he abandons the creature in the castle and flees to his family's estate.
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The novel tells the story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who unlocks the secrets to CreatingLife, and uses this knowledge to create an artificial man, larger and stronger than most mortals, [[AndSomeOtherStuff by means that he declines to describe in his narrative]]. While he is initially triumphant with his success, a few moments of observing the flailing and moaning patchwork being leaves [[UncannyValley Victor disgusted by and fearful of his creation]]. He suddenly [[GoneHorriblyRight realizes the full ramifications of his success]] and is horrified; he abandons the creature Creature in the castle and flees to his family's estate.

* BlankSlate: The creature starts out as one. * BlindAndTheBeast: The creature tries to befriend a blind man, and it works! Except the man's family returns and casts out the creature before he can explain himself.
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* BlankSlate: The creature Creature starts out as one. * BlindAndTheBeast: The creature Creature tries to befriend a blind man, and it works! Except the man's family returns and casts out the creature Creature before he can explain himself.

* CharacterFilibuster: By technicality. The story is supposed to be Frankenstein narrating his story to the ship's captain. When the POV switches to the creature, it's in the form of the creature telling Frankenstein his tale, which Frankenstein repeats back in his own tale. The technical literary term for this is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diegesis#In_literature hypodiegetic narrative]], making the creature's monologue within Frankenstein's monologue within Walton's monologue a hypohypodiegetic narrative. [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness There's one to impress your English teacher!]]
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* CharacterFilibuster: By technicality. The story is supposed to be Frankenstein narrating his story to the ship's captain. When the POV switches to the creature, Creature, it's in the form of the creature Creature telling Frankenstein his tale, which Frankenstein repeats back in his own tale. The technical literary term for this is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diegesis#In_literature hypodiegetic narrative]], making the creature's Creature's monologue within Frankenstein's monologue within Walton's monologue a hypohypodiegetic narrative. [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness There's one to impress your English teacher!]]

* CharacterFilibuster: By technicality. The story is supposed to be ForTheEvulz: While making the Creature's mate, Frankenstein narrating his story to the ship's captain. When the POV switches to the creature, it's in the form of the creature telling Frankenstein his tale, which Frankenstein repeats back in his own tale. The technical literary term for worries that she might start killing people with this is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diegesis#In_literature hypodiegetic narrative]], justification after he finishes making the creature's monologue within Frankenstein's monologue within Walton's monologue a hypohypodiegetic narrative. [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness There's one to impress your English teacher!]]her.

* FramingDevice: Gets kind of ridiculous when you realize that you're reading Walton's letter to his sister recounting Victor's story recounting his creature's monologue. This particular form (through Walton's letters) is called an Epistolary Frame.
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* FramingDevice: Gets kind of ridiculous when you realize that you're reading Walton's letter to his sister recounting Victor's story recounting his creature's Creature's monologue. This particular form (through Walton's letters) is called an Epistolary Frame.

** Frankenstein decides not to create a female mate for his creature so that they cannot multiply. He could have simply made the female infertile. *** FridgeBrilliance: The monster cynically thanks Frankenstein for getting at least one thing right, giving him a fine mind (see Instant Expert below). Had the creature been allowed to observe the entire process of his mate's reanimation, it would be a simple matter of reverse engineering the process to reanimate "children" of their own- ''[[TheExtremistWasRight and pass along the knowledge to their decendants, creating a race of undead superhumans.]]'' * InstantExpert: The creature learns to speak and read French in less than a year of watching a family teach a foreigner. After just a few months he's already good enough to read ''ParadiseLost''! May be justified by Victor having him made from the get-go with "adult hardware," so to speak, which would've made it easier to learn things quickly. ** Further evidenced by the creature literally tracking the undeniably brilliant, well connected, and well funded Victor to the ends of the Earth while avoiding notice or winning over those frightened by his appearance.
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** Frankenstein decides not to create a female mate for his creature Creature so that they cannot multiply. He could have simply made the female infertile. *** FridgeBrilliance: The monster cynically thanks Frankenstein for getting at least one thing right, giving him a fine mind (see Instant Expert below). Had the creature Creature been allowed to observe the entire process of his mate's reanimation, it would be a simple matter of reverse engineering the process to reanimate "children" of their own- ''[[TheExtremistWasRight and pass along the knowledge to their decendants, creating a race of undead superhumans.]]'' * InstantExpert: The creature Creature learns to speak and read French in less than a year of watching a family teach a foreigner. After just a few months he's already good enough to read ''ParadiseLost''! May be justified by Victor having him made from the get-go with "adult hardware," so to speak, which would've made it easier to learn things quickly. ** Further evidenced by the creature Creature literally tracking the undeniably brilliant, well connected, and well funded Victor to the ends of the Earth while avoiding notice or winning over those frightened by his appearance.

* LamarckWasRight: Frankenstein destroys the half-formed she-creature that he was building for the monster because he feared that the two would breed a race of terrifying creatures like themselves and take over the world.
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* LamarckWasRight: Frankenstein destroys the half-formed she-creature she-Creature that he was building for the monster because he feared that the two would breed a race of terrifying creatures like themselves and take over the world.

* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:The creature gets shot in the shoulder for saving a little girl from drowning.
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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:The creature Creature gets shot in the shoulder for saving a little girl from drowning.

* ThenLetMeBeEvil: The creature, after he's had enough abuse and mistreatment.
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* ThenLetMeBeEvil: The creature, Creature, after he's had enough abuse and mistreatment.

* TorturedMonster: The monster is a very intelligent creature that is fully aware of how hideous and repulsive he is. Anything wrong he does is borne entirely out of bitterness from how people treat him.
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* TorturedMonster: The monster is a very intelligent creature Creature that is fully aware of how hideous and repulsive he is. Anything wrong he does is borne entirely out of bitterness from how people treat him.

** The physical abilities are also subject to this: the typical view of the creature is that he is [[ZombieGait slow and inarticulate]], with only physical strength [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength that it possesses little control over]]. In contrast, the creature in the book [[LightningBruiser is strong, agile]], and quite dexterous; as noted above, he also knows how to use firearms by the end.
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** The physical abilities are also subject to this: the typical view of the creature Creature is that he is [[ZombieGait slow and inarticulate]], with only physical strength [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength that it possesses little control over]]. In contrast, the creature Creature in the book [[LightningBruiser is strong, agile]], and quite dexterous; as noted above, he also knows how to use firearms by the end.
16th Aug '15 2:43:39 AM mrnickname
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->''"Cursed, cursed creator!"''
17th Jun '15 10:33:43 PM KingClark
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%%* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: the Creature.
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%%* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: the The Creature.

* LightningBruiser: unlike his movie counterpart, the Creature in the book is both superhumanly strong AND very agile.
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* LightningBruiser: unlike Unlike his movie counterpart, the Creature in the book is both superhumanly strong AND very agile.
28th May '15 1:37:17 AM Sensemaker
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Moving anvillicious to Ymmv
* Anvilicious: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. It doesn't really work, the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.
28th May '15 1:35:21 AM Sensemaker
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Anvillicious
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* Anvilicious: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. It doesn't really work, the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.
3rd May '15 10:34:00 PM nombretomado
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The subtitle, ''A Modern Prometheus'', compares Victor Frankenstein to the Greek titan [[ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who brought the secret of fire from Mount Olympus to mortal men, reflecting on Frankenstein's spiritual would-be theft of the secret to creating life - but like Prometheus, Frankenstein also came to regret his transgression [[note]]As a note, Prometheus also created man himself and could see into the future, his name meaning "foresight". One interpretation is the parellel between Victor and Prometheus' acts of creation. Additionally, Prometheus knew what would happen to him when he took the flame.[[/note]] . Many would say that ''Frankenstein'' was the ultimate warning of ScienceIsBad, though similar stories were common throughout the industrial revolution. More feminist interpretations point to the attempt to remove feminine influence from the act of creating life, exemplified when Frankenstein destroys the mate that he had agreed to make for the Creature, and the subsequent death of his own fiancee by the Creature's hand. Finally, some point to it as the UrExample of the entire genre of ScienceFiction.
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The subtitle, ''A Modern Prometheus'', compares Victor Frankenstein to the Greek titan [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Prometheus]], who brought the secret of fire from Mount Olympus to mortal men, reflecting on Frankenstein's spiritual would-be theft of the secret to creating life - but like Prometheus, Frankenstein also came to regret his transgression [[note]]As a note, Prometheus also created man himself and could see into the future, his name meaning "foresight". One interpretation is the parellel between Victor and Prometheus' acts of creation. Additionally, Prometheus knew what would happen to him when he took the flame.[[/note]] . Many would say that ''Frankenstein'' was the ultimate warning of ScienceIsBad, though similar stories were common throughout the industrial revolution. More feminist interpretations point to the attempt to remove feminine influence from the act of creating life, exemplified when Frankenstein destroys the mate that he had agreed to make for the Creature, and the subsequent death of his own fiancee by the Creature's hand. Finally, some point to it as the UrExample of the entire genre of ScienceFiction.
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