Frankenstein

Kenny Nguyen

Formation of Frankenstein

Frankenstein is a fictional creature created Dr.Frankenstein.Using Dr.Frankenstein's surname he wasn't given an actual name and was referred as a monster,demon,wretch,..etc.Based on the Author/Creator perspective Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein) source Frankenstein's creation was different from how people believed he was made.In Shelly's novel Dr.Frankenstein find a strong elemental source to create Frankenstein,but in other versions a woman really wanted a child and had help from Dr.Frankenstein to create him.In Edith Wharton's novel "The Reef (1916) he described an unruly child as an "Infant Frankenstein."Also in David Lindsay's "The Rover 1844" he mentioned "The maker of poor Frankenstein."

Suggested Inspirations

Frankenstein was an idea by Shelly when she derived the name from

a dream-vision.Despite others saying some other sources to be her actual inspiration.The name meaning "Stone of the Franks" associated with various places in Germany,Including Frankenstein's castle in Darmstadt,thesse,and other castles in Badsalzungan,Thuringia,and Saxory.Until 1945,Zabkowice Slaskie,now a city in Silesia,Poland was named Frankenstein in German,and was the site of a scandal involving gravediggers in 1606,which was suggested as one of the inspiration.

High Popularity

Influences into Shelly's idea of giving Frankenstein's name was by Victor from Paradised Lost.Shelly sees Victor as playing God by creating life.Shelly's portrayal of the monster owes much to the character Satan who is also from Paradise Lost.The initial critical reception of the book was mostly unfavorable,compounded by confusing speculations as to the identity of the author,Despite the reviews,Frankenstein was rewarded/achieved an almost immediate popular success.It became widely known especially through melodramatic theatrical adaptations,Mary Shelly saw a production of Presumption;or the the fate of Frankenstein,a play by Richard Brinsley Peake.In 1823 a French translatorcappeared as early as 1821 "Frankenstein ou le promethee moderne.

Strong Reviews

Frankenstein has been both well recieved and disregarded since

its anonymous publication in 1818.Critical reviews of that time demonstrated the two views.The belle assemblee explains the novel as "Very bold fiction"While the Quarterly review stated "The author has the the power of expression."and Sir Water Scott congratulated "the author's original genius and happy power of expression." although he's less convince about the way inwhich the monster gains the knowledge about the world.The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany explained how they hope to see "More production from the author"

In other reviews,the british critic attacks the novel referencing

the feminicity of Mary Shelly as "the writer of it is,we understand,a female;this is an aggravation of which is the prevailing fault of the novel;but if our authores can forget the gentleness of her sex,it is no reason why we should;and we shall therefore dismiss the without furthor comment." despite this initial dismiss,critical reception has been largely positive since the mid-20th century.Major critics such as Goldberg and Harold Bloom has praised the "aesthetic and moral" relevance of the novel.The novel today is generally considered to be a landmark work of romantic and gorric literature,as well as science fiction.