Leonard Wolf examines, in painstaking detail, Mary Shelley’s complete book of Frankenstein. It is a classic and has much to offer. It explores her ability and style as a young writer and takes apart this well-known book for better understanding.
From movies, most folks know that Frankenstein was the name of the doctor who created the monster. The doctor has so much remorse about giving life to ‘this thing’ that he tries to run away from the monster.
The main theme of the book is the bonding of parents. The focus is also on parents being responsible for the upbringing of their children. It stresses the relationship that should be there and in this case was not.
The monster chases the doctor all over as the doctor travels the world. He finds him and because the doctor will not do the monster a favor, the monster wreaks havoc on the doctor’s family and friends essentially resulting in many deaths. The favor the monster wants is for Frankenstein to create for him a mate.
If you view this as a psychological study instead of a monster story, you will find a richer plot and some thought-provoking questions.
I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in human nature.