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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Mar 16, 12

bookshelves: classics, psychology
Read in March, 2012

The gothic tale of Frankenstein's over-reach to creator of an animated being has been portrayed as external horror. The creator fears his stalking creation and suffers from the daemon's revenge on his family and loved ones. The abhorred being finds resolution only after he murders his creator.

Another more horrific interpretation is the novel as a template of man's internal thought life when lust for power, unspeakable means of accomplishment, and disgust for attainment fills every recess of the regretful mind. The creature is consummed with loneliness, alienation, banishment, hatred and revenge.

Frankenstein and his creation are obsessed with destroying each other. It is justice they seek, but it is not to be found in this life. Justice is not afforded though horrific deeds are done to the adversary in an effort to balance the scales. It is not accomplished when loved ones die, hearts are broken, innocents are sacrificed. Pain and revenge continue to be the master, though man is the unwilling slave.

The truth cannot be shared because of the uniqueness of the sin, therefore, all the intensity of condemnation is contained, closed in and sealed until death, where only peace can be found.

William Hazlitt, in his treatise 'On The Pleasure Of Hating' proclaims that good becomes insipid; only hatred is eternal. Nothing is so easily gained at such a high price. Highest Recommendation!
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