Celebrating Frankenstein

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s most popular novel, Frankenstein. For generations, Shelley’s novel has managed to make a name for itself in all forms of literature.

This absolutely one of may favorite books! I never been a big fan of science fiction. But, I consider Frankenstein to be the one novel that sets apart from the other Sci-Fi books. The themes of morality and arrogance are so prevalent, it makes this story so relevant to this day. So in honor of this great achievement, here are some beautifully written quotes and read why Frankenstein is considered to be the best horror story of its time.

“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”

I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”

“How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”

“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel…”

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Illustration by Theodor von Holst from the frontispiece of the 1831 edition. Source: Wikipedia.org

There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”

 

“The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.”

“Hateful day when I received life!’ I exclaimed in agony. ‘Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.’ – Frankenstein”

“Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”

“My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading.”

“The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature.”

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Mary Shelley (August 30, 1797-February 1, 1851)

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

 

3 thoughts on “Celebrating Frankenstein

  1. I absolutely love Frankenstein. It’s so much better than pop culture would lead one to believe. I’m reading a book now called Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup about the science of the time and how it influenced her writing. So excited for this anniversary!

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