There is a common misconception when one hears the name "Frankenstein". Immediately you think of the hulking green man covered in stitches, groaning and stalking prey in the night. However, that is not the case. The truth is this novel follows Victor Frankenstein's triumph as he reanimates a dead body, and then his guilt for creating such a thing. When the "Frankenstein monster" (the green guy) realizes how he came to be and is ultimately rejected by mankind, he seeks revenge on his creator's family to avenge his own sorrow.
.A couple of things to consider while reading this novel:
* Like The Canterbury Tales, Frankenstein is a frame tale, a story that surrounds other stories, setting them up in one way or another, their connection becoming clear by the end. Clarification- Robert Walton's letters to his sister frame the story that Victor Frankenstein tells to Walton, and Frankenstein's story surrounds the story that the monster tells, which in turn frames the story of the De Lacey family.
* Frankenstein is a gothic novel. Gothic novels focus on the mysterious or supernatural; take place in dark, often exotic settings and yield an uneasiness if not utter terror in its readers. The motif of a "double" is a frequent feature of the Gothic novel, and in a sense Frankenstein and his monster are doubles.
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