The story of Frankenstein was written in the year 1818 by a very young woman called Mary Shelly, who wrote this as a horror story to entertain her husband. In the time this story was written, science was developing very rapidly. Many new things which were unheard of, like electricity, were being discovered. Some people were very excited to witness such things, while others were very fearful as they didn’t know how far this science will go.
Will it get to a point where god will no longer be needed because science is there to explain it all? Is there such a thing as God? These questions were troubling most people living in that time. Frankenstein is a story about a young man called Victor Frankenstein, a successful doctor’s son, whose mother dies during childbirth. Devastated by his mother’s death, Frankenstein tries to resolve this problem by putting an end to all death and suffering, He thinks the only way of doing this is to create life.
As Frankenstein is set in the early twentieth century and the people living that time had strong beliefs in god, Victor Frankenstein’s ideas were not very popular; in fact most people, who had some idea of Frankenstein’s plan, believed he was committing an unforgivable sin-trying to take the place of God. Even with all the difficulties and problems coming his way, Frankenstein manages to create a creature which is very similar to a human, only much cleverer and stronger. But everything goes suddenly wrong, the monster Frankenstein creates turns out to be terribly hideous and later on in the story becomes brutal and wretched.
The story of Frankenstein is a long journey of the monster’s life and all he discovers and learns about our world and people. When Frankenstein first created the creature, and put it to life with a quick surge of electricity through its body, he then started to notice how ugly the monster really looked. “… I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black… his watery eyes… his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.
” Now Frankenstein starts to realise the fact that he had made a big mistake, a mistake which he could not make right. Full of frustration and exhaustion, Frankenstein collapses and wakes up in the morning to find the monster holding the curtain of his bed and leaning towards him. Terrified and revolted of his own creation, Frankenstein escapes, thinking that it is impossible for the monster to survive on its own and soon enough it will die. The monster still managed to survive, even though he was on his own.
Although the monster was created like an adult, its mind was as young and as inexperienced as a child’s; it did not know what was going on in its surroundings. In fact it felt neglected and uncared as a first feeling because when he tried to touch his own creator, like a child touching its mother, its creator just ran away. “I beheld the wretch-the miserable monster whom I created… and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me… one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. ” This was what Frankenstein experienced when the monster first tried to touch him.
Along with the feeling of being rejected and uncared for, the monster also felt very confused as it felt all its senses and feelings at the same time. “… and I saw ,felt ,heard and smelt at the same time; and it was indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses. ” The monster also started to discover natural feelings like hunger, thirst, cold, which he tried to resolve in different ways. “… I lay by the side of a brook resting from my fatigue, until I felt tormented by huger and thirst…
and I ate some berries which I found hanging on trees or lying on the ground. I slaked my thirst at the brook… Before I had quitted your apartment, on a sensation of cold, I had covered myself with some clothes, but these were insufficient to secure me from the dews of night… I was still cold when under one of the trees I found a huge cloak with which I covered myself… “. With all of these dissimilar feelings bustling in its head along with the rejection, the monster felt very perplexed and upset at the same time.
Although the monster managed to cover himself with the cloak he had discovered under a tree, it was still cold, and after a few days of wandering around the forest, the monster discovered a shelter which he thought he could hide in to save himself from the cold. The monster soon learnt that the shelter he accommodated himself in was a shed next to a cottage, both belonging to a poor family. As there were holes through the walls of the shed and cottage, it was visible to the monster on what was going on in the house.
In a few months, the monster learnt to speak, read and write by observing the family, he also became very attached to all the members of this family as he watched all of their movements through the shed walls and thought that all of those creatures were extremely attractive, when however he saw his own reflection one day, he was extremely shocked and upset; “I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers- their grace, beauty and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! “.
As well as this the monster also learnt about the kind of problems this family was facing and as he considered himself as their friend tried his best to help them. “… if there was moon or the night was star light, I went into the woods and collected my own food and fuel for cottage. When I returned, as often it was necessary, I cleared their path from the snow and performed those offices that I had seen done by Felix. ” The monster also learns the fact that the poor family is also very thankful for everything that has been done for them and they think that a good spirit is helping them.
“… I afterwards found that these labors, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words “good spirit “wonderful” but I did not understand the significance of these terms. “. The monster now thought that the family is thankful for all he has done for them and they will accept him into the family despite his hideous appearance. So somehow the monster built up his courage and planned to expose himself to the friends who did not know he even existed.