The novel Frankenstein is one of the most curious prose works of its time. It grows out of the literary and philosophical thought of the Enlightenment by the nature of the ideas that animate it. It partly tends to be a “Gothic” novel according to its standard features. The young author does not skimp on creepy details that give out an extraordinary power of imagination. A terrible monster, which a young doctor created from different parts of the human body, breaks free and, like a big baby, falls into a world of cruelty and misunderstanding. Having no name but having a mind, the monster understands that one should not expect anything good from people except pain and suffering, and then his inexperienced heart hardens, turns to stone and the cruel hatred that has come fills his whole being with a single, irresistible thirst for revenge and murder.
Despite his apparent second role, the monster also has the right to be called the main character. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear why the scientist’s creation killed everyone and everything. He can be compared to a child who seeks to know the world he lives and all his actions are only a reaction. If there had been people on his way who would not have pushed him away from himself, perhaps he would not have committed a single crime (Tillotson, 2019). After all, they were not overcome by the passion of murder. Wanting to show the purity of his soul, and then as a contrast, disappointment in people, resulting in hatred and a thirst to kill. Mary Shelley’s novel has left a deep mark on European and American literature because of its style and the plot.
In conclusion, Frankenstein stands at the origins of the genre of science fiction, which subsequently received such wide development. The description of a scientist, an inventor whose brilliant discovery turns into a tragedy for him and others. The monster remains alone from the very beginning, but this freedom of a natural person is illusory since he has to exist in the world of people, realize his endless loneliness and not be able to fix it.
Tillotson., S. (Executive producer). (2019). In Our Time [Audio podcast]. BBC. Web.