Thanks, but I can see the view just fine from here.

Contributory Info: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18.  It was the only product of a friendly competition between Mary, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori.  Each wanted to see who could write the best horror short story.

Mary Shelley’s main character, Victor Frankenstein, is an ambitious scientist whose creation is abhorred by not only his creator, but all of society.  In the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein speaks to Captain Walton, who is heading an expedition to the North Pole:

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”

Read the Novel


Back to Synthetic Life: Newsworthy Novel Meets Novel News –>


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s