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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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it was amazing

Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein is the grandfather of modern fictional villains. Shelley portrays Frankenstein as a gifted narcissistic sociopath who spends a life he never earned as he betrays every person who cares for him and loves him in the name of self-love and self-preservation. In a world that is filled with givers and takers, he is the ultimate taker. Without remorse, he spends his father’s fortune in order to avoid doing a day’s honest work. Again and again, he calls upon friends and family to save him from his self-inflicted wounds, a call they always answer without question. Again and again, when those same good folk have needs he could remedy, he refuses to act in any way but in his own best interests, ultimately leading to all of their deaths. In the entirety of the story, there is but one character that relentlessly attempts to hold Frankenstein of any account for all his evils – a creature of Frankenstein’s own creation, a creature called conscience – and Frankenstein hatefully names it “Monster.” A mere phantom to the world of man, the monster of conscience follows Frankenstein wherever he travels. Across the sea, over the mountains, through the forest, and suffering snow and ice, he cannot escape his most despised creation. It clings to him like a shadow even darkness cannot destroy. Lurking in the shadows, always out of sight, it haunts him relentlessly to the hour of his death.
Shelley’s brilliant inversion of the roles of protagonist and antagonist along with her stunningly rich and accessible writing style make Frankenstein as fresh and compelling today as it was 200 years ago. It is a landmark work that should be on everyone’s shelf.
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