Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Learn from me if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier is the man who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than the world will allow.

The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.

Nice book till now finished 2/3 but i hate the use of superlatives in victorians writing while descrining a scene or character of a person. Too much ! Most horrid or most agreeable, kindest, warmest…the people are either best or worst . There are hardly any gray characters and it sounds very nice to have such a clear demarcation but the fact is that it does not exist. And I dare say, Mary Shelly does it more than anything else. What I find personally not likeable about the book is that the monster is abhorred so much only because it looks so bad. He has communiacted to the other people that he is harmless and may even help them, is kind but everyone hates him only because of the way he looks. That sort of tells me about the English and European mentality of giving preference to looks and how they hate the blacks and asians for their apperances and treat them as the lesser creatures. Conception is great but truth be told, I am not all that impressed by this work. It is gothic and very famous and a new idea , thats why I am reading but I have read better works and i might be naive and not fully understanding its implications and intricacies but I do not find as interesting as I thought it would be.

That was before. Now i think that it is a good book after all but still not as great as I thought it would be may be because I had great expectations from it before. It is said to the starting or one of the earliest works of modern science fiction and so it seems. Also it is gothic and has a monstrous apalling creature. I have read in it the allegories of racial discrimination and also about unwanted and orphans and those people who are deformed ( sick and lepers kind ). In fact all those whom the world despises and thinks of them as malignant by their looks itself . Driven by this hatred they actually become the being they are perceived to whethere they want it or not. Kind of a critique of the society that we live in.


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