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01/12/2020 19:50:56 •••

Review of Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

As You Know, Bob, this is Shelley's original novel, which I read for AP Lang. & Comp. I enjoyed it, and Shelley is clearly a good writer. She crafts morally complex conflicts and raises interesting questions, which are a refreshing break from Flat Characters and anvilicious over-simplified conflicts. She also handles difficult tropes like Sanity Slippage and Irony very well. (It is also probably the Ur Example of Uncanny Valley.) That said, I have some advice for you: If you don't have a high tolerance for Tear Jerkers and angst, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I love Flowers For Algernon, and The Catcher In The Rye, and I must say, even I wanted to give Victor Frankenstein a sharp shake and tell him to quit whining. Granted, Shelley did this on purpose, to hilight his mental instability and his selfishness, but it still grates the nerves after a while. And at the end... I cried like a baby.

09/23/2009 00:00:00

I couldn't stand his Too Good For This World sweetheart. But the part about his brother was heart-wrenching. Probaby the best Creator Breakdown piece ever.

09/23/2009 00:00:00

I liked Shinji and couldn't stand Victor Frankenstein's wangst. Take that as you will.

01/12/2020 00:00:00

The worst part about Victor\'s whining is that he absolutely REFUSES to acknowledge that abandoning his creature was the wrong thing to do and that only its creation was his mistake. He DIES while still believing in his own false innocence.


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