Frankenstein Reading Journal

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Reading Journal- Frankenstein
Frankenstein was a young, ambitious scientist who attended college at Ingolstadt. He studied chemistry and anatomy, and then pursued the idea to bestow life on lifeless matter. Frightened after the creature awakens, he leaves and stays with his friend, Henry Clerval. He later finds out that his younger brother, William has been murdered, so he goes back to his homeland in Geneva to mourn with his family. While in Geneva, Frankenstein confronts the monster he created who was the murderer of his brother. The monster tells Frankenstein the tale of his miserable life. He claims, “I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend.” He was a friendly man who was treated very poorly by mankind. After many devastating experiences, he established a passionate hatred for his creator for giving him such a horrid appearance and refusing to create a female monster, so he devoted his life to making Frankenstein’s equally miserable.
The author’s purpose was to show the true effects of discrimination. People are judged due to their deformities. Because of his tall and unusual stature, it was automatically assumed that Frankenstein’s monster was only capable of evil, although he rescued a little girl from drowning in a stream and tried to befriend the family that he lived next to. He had good intentions until the cruelty of the human race made his life miserable. After so many beatings he only wished for revenge. What do we expect? Is it of our own faults that there are deranged murderers among our communities? This book really makes you think about the consequences of your actions toward others.
To support her purpose, Shelley emphasized the misery in the monster’s story being told to Frankenstein. She put a lot of emotion into his dialogue, showing that he really meant well. To accurately express his emotions, she used imagery, analogies, hyperboles, and occasionally alluded to “Dante’s Inferno”. Shelley’s tone and style used in this book were very fitting to get the point across. She wrote in a sophisticated language that accurately described the situation of the book.
This story is interesting because it is told through a series of letters from Robert Walton to his sister, Margaret. Walton is a sailor who nursed Frankenstein back to health after his long journey of pursuing his wretched creation. Due to his weakened and fatal state, Frankenstein tells Walton of his tale and the monster he seeks so in case he dies, Walton may fulfill his mission in destroying