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Old 08-31-2008, 10:58 PM View Post #1 (Link) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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I read Frankenstein a few months ago and it quickly became one of my favorites. I ended up buying it, as it was combined with Dracula and Dr. Jekyall and Mr. Hyde. Stephen King, who wrote the introduction, stated Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is naive, but I disagree. It delves into the human psyche, of wanting to be so great that we create horrible and we end up destroying our lives.

Not only does it have a good theme and the beautiful writing style but it has amazing symbolism. From the nameless monster to the expedition to the Artic where the narrator learns of the horrifing tale. It all amazes me.

Even more amazing is that I was able to actually see some of this stuff.

Has anyone else read it? And what are your thoughts?
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:05 AM View Post #2 (Link)
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I read it. Definitely a good book, and I honestly felt sorry for both the creature and his creator throughout the story.
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I felt worse for the creature, really...Frankenstein pretty much ruined himself. But the creature was alone....and without a name.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:13 AM View Post #4 (Link)
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Well, Frankenstein, also, because of the deaths.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:20 AM View Post #5 (Link)
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True...
I felt bad when his wife died. =(
And the child.

But still...the fact that you were created and then rejected for something so petty as ugliness (of course, there was the moral of the issue, too, but it seems like his ugliness is what sets most people off)...And the fact that everyone hated him, even though he didn't do anything wrong but exist...

What did you think of Shelley's writing style?
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:27 AM View Post #6 (Link)
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Oh, it was a while ago. I only remember the plot. Sorry.
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I had to read it for school, and I did not like it.

I don't know whether those two statements are correlated. I like to think of myself as a good enough reader that they aren't, but you never know.

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I know I've explained why before, possibly on this very forum. I suppose I should go figure that out.
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I read Frankenstein at school as well as the movie. I liked both. The book was testing human's limits in a way. I thought it was a really sad that one by one the doctor's family members died and also that he wanted to first create the monster because he wanted it to benefit to human kind. Nice movie, you should watch it if you haven't, it portrays the story well, unlike other movies made from books
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