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A really short synopsis of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus would be

A young Swiss student discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and,
by assembling body parts, creates a monster who vows revenge on his
creator after being rejected from society.
· A more detailed summary would go like this:
An English explorer, Robert Walton, is on an expedition to the North Pole. In
letters to his sister Magaret Saville, he keeps his family informed of his
situation and tells about the difficult conditions on the ship. One day when the
ship is completely surrounded by ice, a man in bad condition is taken aboard
Victor Frankenstein. As soon as his health allows it, he tells Walton the story
of his life.
He grew up in Geneva, Switzerland as the eldest son of a higher-class family.
He was brought up with an orphan, Elizabeth and also had two younger
brothers. He did not have many friends, Henry Clerval being the only
exception. At the age of nineteen, Frankenstein became interested in natural
philosophy, electricity, chemistry and mathematics. After the death of his
mother, who succumbed to scarlet fever, Frankenstein left for Ingolstadt,
Germany, to attend university. There, his interest in natural philosophy quickly
became an obsession. He was particularly fascinated with the human frame
and the principle of life. After four years of fanatic studying, not keeping in
contact with his family, he was able to "bestow animation upon lifeless matter"
and created a monster of gigantic proportion from assembled body parts
taken from graveyards, slaughterhouses and dissecting rooms. As soon as
the creature opened his eyes, however, the beauty of Frankenstein's dream
vanished: it became a horrible creature. He realised he made a mistake in
creating this monster and fled from his laboratory. On his return the next day,
the monster had disappeared. Victor was consequently bedridden with a
nervous fever for the next months, being nursed back to health by his friend
Clerval. On the eve of the return to his parental home, he received a letter that
his youngest brother had been found murdered. On his way home,
Frankenstein saw the daemon he has created and immediately realised that it
is he who is responsible for his brother’s death. Frankenstein decided not to
tell his family about the daemon because they would simply dismiss it as
insane. As he arrived home, he was informed that the murderer of his brother
had been found. The accused was Justine, a good friend of the family. When
Justine has been found guilty and has been hanged, Frankenstein's heart was
tortured. He could not stay in the house and started wandering in the alpine
valleys. There, Frankenstein was confronted with his creation that tells him his
life story.
After leaving Frankenstein's laboratory, he went to the village where he was
insulted and attacked by the frightened villagers. He eventually went to the
country and found refuge in a hovel next to small house inhabited by an old,
blind man and his two children. By observing the family and by reading their
books, the monster learnt how to speak and read. He felt compassion for the
family who has to struggle to get by, and anonymously did chores for them.
Longing for some kindness and protection, he decided to meet his hosts. He
got into a pleasant conversation with the blind man but his children return
unexpectedly. Horrified by his appearance, they beat him and he fled the
house. Completely disillusioned, the monster was filled with rage and decided
to find his creator. By chance he met Frankenstein's younger brother in the
forest. As soon as he discovered that the boy "belongs to the enemy" he
choked him. He also placed a portrait in the lap of a sleeping young girl,
Justine, thereby incriminating her with his crime.
The daemon's only request from Frankenstein was that he should create
another being: a female to accompany him. If Frankenstein complies, he and
his bride will stay away from other people and keep to themselves in the wild.
Frankenstein saw some justice in the monster's arguments and also felt that
he has a duty towards his fellow man, so he agreed to the daemon's request.
Victor left for England to finish his work accompanied by his friend Clerval,
promising to marry Elizabeth on his return. When the work on his second
creation was advanced, he started to question his promise. He was afraid that
they might hate each other, or that they might produce a whole race of these
creatures. When the monster visits to check on the progress, Frankenstein
destroyed his work. The monster swore revenge and promised to be with him
on his wedding night. The following day a body was found and Frankenstein
was accused of murder. He was taken to the body, which he identified as
Henry Clerval. He was eventually cleared of all charges and returned to
Geneva in a very bad condition. Frankenstein married Elizabeth after
promising her to tell her his horrifying secret the following day. Remembering
the monster's threat, Frankenstein was convinced that he would be killed that
night. The monster, however, kills Elizabeth instead. Frankenstein lost another
family member as his father died after hearing the news about Elizabeth's
death. Frankenstein had now lost every sensation except for revenge. He
followed the monster everywhere which eventually led him to the Arctic
region, where he was taken aboard Walton's ship.
After telling Walton his story, Victor asks him to kill the monster if he dies
before he can do it himself. The ship has in the mean time been freed from
the ice and pressured by his crew, Walton has decided to abandon his trip
and return home. Victor's health eventually deteriorates and he dies. Just after
his death, Walton finds the monster hanging over Victor's body. The daemon
speaks of his sufferings. Because of all the murders he has committed, he
now hates himself. Since his creator is dead, he decides it is time that he too
will rest in death. After stating that he will build a funeral pile for himself, he
leaves the ship and disappears on his ice-raft in the darkness.

Amazing Facts About Frankenstein


1. Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley, the wife of the English romantic poet P B Shelly.

2. Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein when she was eighteen and the novel was published when she was
nineteen only. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the
second edition, published in France.

3. Frankenstein is considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Frankenstein is enormously
important as a prototype for science fiction and as an early feminist work. culture

4. The fiction was also a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in
the novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus.

5. The researchers are of opinion that the author was under many influences during the creation of the novel. She
had traveled the region in which the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and such other occult ideas
were themes of conversation among her companions.

6. Mary is likely to have acquired some ideas for Frankenstein’s character from Humphry Davy’s book Elements of
Chemical Philosophy in which he had written that “science has…bestowed upon man powers which may be called
creative; which have enabled him to change and modify the beings around him…”.

7. Shelley maintained that she derived the name “Frankenstein” from a dream-vision. Despite her public claims of
originality, the significance of the name has been a source of speculation… More recently, Radu Florescu, in his
book In Search of Frankenstein, argued that Mary and Percy Shelley visited Castle Frankenstein on their way to
Switzerland, near Darmstadt along the Rhine, where a notorious alchemist named Konrad Dippel had
experimented with human bodies, but that Mary suppressed mentioning this visit, to maintain her public claim of
originality. However, this theory is not without critics; Frankenstein expert Leonard Wolf calls it an
“unconvincing…conspiracy theory.

8. As depicted by Shelley, Frankenstein is a sensitive, emotional creature whose only aim is to share his life with
another sentient being like himself. The novel portrays him as immensely intelligent and literate, having read
Milton’s Paradise Lost,Plutarch’s Lives, and The Sorrows of Young Werther. He is driven by despair and loneliness
to acts of cruelty and murder.

9. The book owes much to discussions of the time regarding the scientific work of Erasmus Darwin and to theories
of spontaneous generation and the power of electricity, and is thus also an early science-fiction story. In her
introduction Mary Shelley writes of the possibility that a corpse might be reanimated.

10. From the moment it was published in 1818, Frankenstein, a classic horror story, has had an influence across
literature and popular culture. It has been enormously popular and continuously in print in many languages. The
story has inspired plays, poems, parodies as well as other stories, novels, and more than 40 movies.

11. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and the famous character of Frankenstein’s monster have influenced
popular culture for at least 100 years. The work has inspired numerous films, television programs, video games and
derivative works. The character of the monster remains one of the most recognized icons in horror fiction.

12. In 1910, Edison Studios released the first motion-picture adaptation of Shelley’s story Frankenstein.

13. Later in 1931 Frankenstein becomes famous as a Pre-Code horror film from Universal Pictures directed by
James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling which in turn is based on the novel of the same name
by Mary Shelley. In the 1931 film, the creature begins completely mute except for grunts and growls, and slowly
learns crude English :”Love dead. Hate life!”

14. The film begins with Edward Van Sloan stepping from behind a curtain and delivering a “friendly warning”
before the opening credits:“We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to
create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals
with the two great mysteries of creation – life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even –
horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now is your chance to
– uh, well, we warned you.”

15. Frankenstein received universal acclaim from critics and is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all
time. Frankenstein also received recognition from the American Film Institute. It was named the 87th greatest
movie of all time on 100 Years… 100 Movies.

16. The world’s most valuable movie poster is the full color 1931 Frankenstein 6-sheet which is currently owned by
Stephen Fishler, a NY poster collector. It is the only copy known to exist and is worth at least $600,000 US.

17. After bringing the monster to life, Dr. Frankenstein uttered the famous line, “Now I know what it’s like to BE
God!” The movie was originally released with this line of dialogue, but when it was re-released in the late ’30s,
censors demanded it be removed on the grounds that it was blasphemy.

18. The monster make-up design by Jack P. Pierce is under copyright to Universal through the year 2026, and
licensed by Universal Studios .

19. Frankenstein is the first film to use the famous Castle Thunder sound effect.

20. The monster has often been mistakenly called “Frankenstein.” In 1908 one author said “It is strange to note
how well-nigh universally the term “Frankenstein” is misused, even by intelligent people, as describing some
hideous monster…”….After the release of James Whale’s popular 1931 film Frankenstein, the public at large began
speaking of the monster itself as “Frankenstein.”

21. Science fiction author Isaac Asimov coined the term Frankenstein complex for the fear of robots.

22. In 2006, the book ‘The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived’ listed Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster.

23. The hit song China in Your Hand by the British rock band T’Pau employs the story of Frankenstein, and Mary
Shelley’s writing of it, in its role as a classic cautionary tale.

24. Frankenstein’s popularity is partly because it is the first modern myth that used science to release the monster.
Frankenstein is sometimes compared with politics, nuclear science, genetic engineering and other agents of
change to warn against experimenting with things we don’t understand.

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