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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus By Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus is a wonderful book written by Mary Shelly when she was only a teen-ager. Shelly was the second one to publish such a colossal book in the history of France in 1818. By that time she was a renowned author. But it took a period of 2 years to bring the book to light. “The reason behind it might be the financial crisis in which she actually was or because of her recklessness towards her aim….,” said few critics. Shelly was born in the United Kingdom, and is famous for Romantic, Horror and biographical sketches which she made if she had a pen and a paper in hand. This very novel written by her has 280 pages.

The novel starts with the letter-writings of Frankenstein to his sister. This is the primary part in the tale. The entire novel was written in draft. She couldn’t understand how she had thought about the novel and written it in a couple of days. She said, “I don’t have an idea of how a girl like me could think of this kind?”

She later remembered how she got the idea of writing the novel. The actual commencement of the birth of the story-tale was that when there was everyone sitting outside their residence, in the region of the fireside. One of their family members started with a horror story of the English, translated into French verbal communication. The idea of “Horror” made her think of her own chronicle and she started alike manner. That night she couldn’t sleep because of the deafening silence and blinding darkness around her which made her think more and more about terror. The thoughts and the ideas of writing a novel woke her up and thus, she brought herself to write the story.

The entire novel consists of correspondence written by someone to another. There are few characters that played very fundamental function in the novel. They are as follows:

  • Victor Frankenstein.
  • The monster.
  • Robert Walton.
  • Alphonse Frankenstein.
  • Elisabeth Lavenza.
  • Henry Clerval.
  • William Frankenstein.
  • Justine Moritz.
  • Caroline Beaufort.
  • Peasants.
  • M. Waldman.
  • M. Krempe.
  • Mr. Kerwin

 “Everybody that don’t believe in monsters and don’t have the sense of horror has to read the novel for sure…,” said a reviewer.


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