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* DeathOfAChild: [[FrankensteinsMonster The Monster]] starts a vengeful killing spree against his creator, [[MadScientist Victor Frankenstein]], by brutally murdering the man's little kid brother William.

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* DeathOfAChild: [[FrankensteinsMonster The Monster]] starts a vengeful killing spree against his creator, [[MadScientist Victor Frankenstein]], by brutally murdering killing the man's little kid brother William.


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 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 and it is not even clear whether the act of creating the Monster was bad in itself, if the world wasn't ready for it, or Frankenstein was just a [[ParentalAbandonment horrible]] and [[AbusiveParents abusive]] parent.

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The subtitle, ''A ''The 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 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 and it is not even clear whether the act of creating the Monster was bad in itself, if the world wasn't ready for it, or Frankenstein was just a [[ParentalAbandonment horrible]] and [[AbusiveParents abusive]] parent.


* OverworkInducedIllness: Victor.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Victor Frankenstein dies on Walton's ship without ever taking revenge on the monster for his murders of William, Justine, Henry, and Elizabeth. The monster visits Walton, expresses regret for his murders, and leaves to commit suicide.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Victor Frankenstein dies on Walton's ship without ever taking revenge on the monster for his murders of William, Justine, Henry, Henry and Elizabeth.Elizabeth (as well as Justine being wrongfully executed as a result of the monster framing her). The monster visits Walton, expresses regret for his murders, and leaves to commit suicide.]]



* FalseConfession: Justine falsely confesses to killing William, convinced that if she doesn't, she'll go to Hell after she's executed.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Walton gives one to the Creature at the end, in response to the latter's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone expressing remorse over Frankenstein's death]].
-->"Your repentance is now superfluous. If you had listened to the voice of conscience and heeded the stings of remorse before you had urged your diabolical vengeance to this extremity, Frankenstein would yet have lived."



* StupidSacrifice: Justine. There was no earthly way she could have committed the murder for which she was executed, which should have been really obvious.


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 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 which he declines chooses not 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 and flees to his family's estate.


This novel has been adapted into a minor subgenre of movies and sequels, as well as a stageplay, which was somewhat more faithful to the book then the movies were. It was also adapted into a manga by Creator/JunjiIto. For a list of the films, see Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}.

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This novel has been adapted into a minor subgenre of movies and sequels, as well as a stageplay, which was somewhat more faithful to the book then the movies were. It was also adapted into a manga by Creator/JunjiIto. Creator/JunjiIto, which is one of the more faithful adaptations of the story in recent years. For a complete list of the films, see Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}.


** Averted with the Creature, who started out a beautiful and innocent individual; despite this, he became villainous because of constant mistreatment.

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** Averted with the Creature, who started out a beautiful and hideous but innocent individual; despite this, he became villainous because of constant mistreatment.


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* BodyHorror: Implied. The Creature's appearance is never precisely described, but is apparently so horrifying that one look makes everyone who sees him including his own creator want to destroy him. Oddly enough, Victor describes the monster's body pre-animation as beautiful, save for its horribly unsettling eyes, so it may not be ugly so much as UncannyValley (which is implied when Frankenstein describes when the monster starts moving).


** Averted with the Creature, who started out a hideous but innocent individual and only became villainous because of constant mistreatment.

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** Averted with the Creature, who started out a hideous but beautiful and innocent individual and only individual; despite this, he became villainous because of constant mistreatment.



* BodyHorror: Implied. The Creature's appearance is never precisely described, but is apparently so horrifying that one look makes everyone who sees him including his own creator want to destroy him. Oddly enough, Victor describes the monster's body pre-animation as beautiful, save for its horribly unsettling eyes, so it may not be ugly so much as UncannyValley (which is implied when Frankenstein describes when the monster starts moving).



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Victor dies of illness on Walton's ship.]]

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Victor [[spoiler: Victor dies of illness on Walton's ship.]]



* TragicMonster: It doesn't get more tragic than the Creature. Created and immediately abandoned by its creator for being ugly, before it even really wakes up. Made innocent, his nature is soon twisted by circumstance into something horrible and evil, alone, wretched and violent. The worst part, however, is that he knows exactly how wicked he has become but knows he cannot change. [[spoiler:After he has succeeded in destroying his creator during a hunt in the frozen wastes of the Arctic, he mourns the doctor's death. The Creature decides to end his own existence by building a funeral pyre for himself and climbing on top of it.]]

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* TragicMonster: It doesn't get more tragic than the Creature. Created and immediately abandoned by its creator for being ugly, before it even really wakes up. Made innocent, his nature is soon twisted by circumstance into something horrible and evil, alone, wretched and violent. The worst part, however, is that he knows exactly how wicked he has become but knows he cannot change. [[spoiler:After [[spoiler: After he has succeeded in destroying his creator during a hunt in the frozen wastes of the Arctic, he mourns the doctor's death. The Creature decides to end his own existence by building a funeral pyre for himself and climbing on top of it.]]



** This was one of the first major "monster stories". But going back and reading it now, after growing up exposed to generic FrankensteinsMonster stereotypes where it wanders around aimlessly, groans, and kills people, one may be a bit surprised to find an urbane {{woobie}} of a monster who is in many ways more sympathetic than his creator and quotes liberally from literature. He also carries firearms for self-protection. The only things that make him appear inhuman are his height and [[UncannyValley his eyes]], and it's decidedly ambiguous whether Frankenstein's true crime was [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow creating the monster]] or a form of ParentalAbandonment. And although it's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation up for a lot of interpretation]], the monster is probably not AlwaysChaoticEvil.

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** This was one of the first major "monster stories". But going back and reading it now, after growing up exposed to generic FrankensteinsMonster stereotypes where it wanders around aimlessly, groans, and kills people, one may be a bit surprised to find an urbane {{woobie}} of a monster who is in many ways more sympathetic than his creator and quotes liberally from literature. He also carries firearms for self-protection. The Monster is specifically described as being [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette a beautiful, pale man with raven hair]] and the only things that make him appear inhuman are his height and [[UncannyValley his eyes]], and it's decidedly ambiguous whether Frankenstein's true crime was [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow creating the monster]] or a form of ParentalAbandonment. And although it's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation up for a lot of interpretation]], the monster is probably not AlwaysChaoticEvil.



* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] An in-unverse example: Frankenstein explains that he had to make the creature 8 feet tall to successfully construct the tiniest parts of him. The result is a monster that everyone is scared of at first glance, including the creature itself.
** And as mentioned under BodyHorror, the monster was constructed to be TallDarkAndHandsome, and seemed to be so while laying in state. Upon rejuvenation and starting to move, however, Victor was repulsed because of this trope - the features and parts worked on a theoretical level, but not on a living being.

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* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] An in-unverse in-universe example: Frankenstein explains that he had to make the creature 8 feet tall to successfully construct the tiniest parts of him. The result is a monster that everyone is scared of at first glance, including the creature itself.
** And as mentioned under BodyHorror, above, the monster was constructed to be TallDarkAndHandsome, and seemed to be so while laying in state. Upon rejuvenation and starting to move, however, despite the beauty; upon the Monster's rejuvenation, Victor was repulsed because of this trope - the features and parts worked on a theoretical level, but not on a living being.trope.

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** And as mentioned under BodyHorror, the monster was constructed to be TallDarkAndHandsome, and seemed to be so while laying in state. Upon rejuvenation and starting to move, however, Victor was repulsed because of this trope - the features and parts worked on a theoretical level, but not on a living being.


* WomenAreWiser: The women of the novel are all beautiful, religious, intelligent, gentle, and far happier than any of the men.
** Interestingly, when Victor starts creating a female monster for the Creature, it occurs to him that the female monster will be just as intelligent as the male, and has neither made any promises to abstain from violence, nor consented to be the Creature's bride. He even ponders the idea that she will rebel against the two of them trying to control her, creating a ''second'' angry crime against nature. The She-Creature is never even completed, but Frankenstein imagines her more complexly than any other female character.

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* WomenAreWiser: The women of the novel are all beautiful, religious, intelligent, gentle, and far happier than any of the men.
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men. Interestingly, when Victor starts creating a female monster for the Creature, it occurs to him that the female monster will be just as intelligent as the male, and has neither made any promises to abstain from violence, nor consented to be the Creature's bride. He even ponders the idea that she will rebel against the two of them trying to control her, creating a ''second'' angry crime against nature. The She-Creature is never even completed, but Frankenstein imagines her more complexly than any other female character.

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* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: The Creature sets out to destroy the life of his creator Victor Frankenstein after the latter destroys the female Creature he was building for him, fearing that their new race would replace humanity. When he murders Victor's wife, Victor starts to hunt the Creature to the literal ends of the Earth before dying from exposure in the Arctic. The Creature visits his Father after his death, but realizes that he has no more purpose in this world and chooses to commit suicide.


* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Victor and Elizabeth. More so since they were step-slblings.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Victor and Elizabeth. More so since they were step-slblings. Or ''cousins'' depending on the edition.


* IronicName: Victor. He declared himself as victorious over death itself. [[GoneHorriblyRight He was.]]

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* IronicName: Victor. He declared himself as victorious over death itself. [[GoneHorriblyRight He was.]]


%%* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Victor and Elizabeth.

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%%* * ChildhoodFriendRomance: Victor and Elizabeth.Elizabeth. More so since they were step-slblings.

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