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Frankenstein [Paperback]

Mary Shelley , Johanna M. Smith
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December 1991 0312044690 978-0312044695
This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley’s English Romantic novel along with critical essays that introduce students to Frankenstein from contemporary psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, gender, and cultural studies perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how various critical perspectives can be combined. In the second edition, 3 of the 6 essays are new. The text and essays are complemented by contextual documents, introductions (with bibliographies), and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
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Mary Shelley is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. Johanna M., ed. Smith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Aug. 2 2008
By Pauline
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is a fascinating book. I was prejudiced by the film adaptations of this novel. To start with I had no idea that Frankenstein is actually Victor Frankenstein, the creator of a monster. The monster that was created is not called Frankenstein; it is his creator's name.

The monster is the creation of Victor Frankenstein and the monster is lithe, strong, fast and intelligent; this again differs greatly from any film version of the book.

In reading the book I sympathized with the monster that is spurned by his master and by all who gaze upon his repugnant form. The monster flees from society and lives in a hovel, while secretly observing a family which consists of a blind father, a daughter and a son. In observing the family the monster learns their language and learns about love and acceptance and thus learns about the wretchedness of his own existence; how he longs to be part of the family. He attempts to join the family, but one glance at his hideous frame and the family rejects him with great horror.

The monster then seeks out his maker and is rejected once again and this turns his soul to malevolence and revenge.

Victor Frankenstein loses his brother, friend and wife to the monsters murdering hands and indirectly the monster is responsible for the death of Victor's father and a friend of Victor's family. Victor pursues his creation to the ends of earth to rid mankind of the fiend. The story ends up in the North Pole and the ending is tragic. Victor loses his life in his journey and once his creator is dead the monster decides there is no reason for his own existence.

"Frankenstein" is a fabulous read, a read that has you sympathizing with the monster. His creator rejected him when all he wanted was acceptance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Feb. 16 2002
By Kerry
I enjoyed this book, even though it was nothing like anything that I expected. When I first thought of Frankenstein, I saw a creature that was ten feet tall, had bolts in his neck, and was hideously ugly. As I started reading the book, I soon realized that Frankenstein wasn't the name of the creature at all, it was the inventor. Mary Shelley never gave the creature a name, which I thought was odd. She did give a description of him, but I was surprised that it was nothing like the "classical image of Frankenstein." This book was at times hard to follow, and hard to predict. At times, I wondered if this hideous creature was really so bad. Mary Shelley painted this picture of thoughtfulness and actually gave the creature a heart. He was seen as a monster by society, when in fact he had the heart of a human to the reader. This book puts all the movies that I have ever seen about Frankenstein to shame. I started to wonder where the writers of the movie got their information, because they changed one of the most important elements of the book-the creation and the character names.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages... Feb. 14 2002
Frankenstein is a book for all ages. Frankenstein has shown versatility throughout its life. This book has been adapted by its readers to represent all eras. It offers the reader a look not only into the past but also to the near future. With such things as the Human Gnome project in mid-flourish Frankenstein has yet again opened the eyes of its readers. The horror is not in the story but is in the representation it presents to us today. Technology, science, love, and when you throw in the ambition of "Victor" you can closely relate to this tale. Mary Schelley may have never intended for Frankenstein to be a book into the subconscious, or a representation of Marxist ideologies and various other criticism, but it has lend itself to be a perfect subject for study. Frankenstein is truly a book worthy of reading by the most critical of readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein-The monster or the Creator? Feb. 13 2002
Since childhhod I always heard the name Frankenstein, but I never knew the story. Up until I read the novel by Mary Shelley, I thought that Frankenstein was the actual monster. Without seeing any of the movies, I had my own mental images of what "Frankenstein" looked like. I always saw pictures or costumes of "Frankenstein" which made him to be this huge, gross monster. Upon reading this novel, I learned that Victor Frankenstein was a creator interested in science and that the monster was his creation. Even after I concluded my reading I did not have a detailed description of the monster. So, I let my imagination run wild based on Victor's response to his creation, the monster's feelings of himslef, and on my previous images. Mary Shelley lets her audience create the monster mentally and pictorally. I also really like the manner in which the story is told. It is told via letters and via conversations that share emotions and the history of the creation and its consequences. The book kept me at the edge of my bed a few times. I could not believe all the hardships and losses encountered by Victor. I also could not believe his disgust with his own creation which he wanted so badly to create. Throughout many points I felt bad for the monster. My pitty for him and his alienation made me think that I was right in thinking that Frankenstien was the monster. He created something he wanted but when he got the job done he did not end up liking the fruits of his labor. I also really enjoyed the novel because of its contradictions. For example, creating life using "dead" parts. There are many different ways to interpret Victor's story and his relationships as well as his thoughts, feelings, and causes of his actions. I thought that the novel was very touching at the end. I really enjoyed reading it , and I'm glad that I now know the story of Frankenstein, and who the real monster is!
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