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“There never was a wilder story imagined,” wrote one reviewer on the first publication of Frankenstein in 1818. What is perhaps most extraordinary is that Mary Shelley’s novel, capable of producing shock and terror in its unprepared readers, was the work of a young woman of 18. Few works of fiction have had as much influence on the world as this haunting tale of a monster and its creator: the prophetic power of the novel’s imagery in reflecting the dehumanising effects of science, technology, business and the mass media has never abated. Josie Billington looks at why the novel matters so much and why, after 200 years, its message is still so powerful.
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A Summary of the plot
What is the novel about?
What kind of novel is Frankenstein?
Who is telling the story?
Is Victor Frankenstein a hero?
Is Victor Frankenstein a monster?
In what ways is Frankenstein's "miserable monster" monstrous?
In what ways is the monster Frankenstein's double?
In what ways is Frankenstein's monster virtuous?
Is the monster the novel's hero?
Is Frankenstein a feminist novel?
What makes Frankenstein such an extraordinary achievement?
NOTES The many myths of Frankenstein The sublime in Frankenstein The myth of Prometheus Frankenstein and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Science and the Shelleys Frankenstein on film Politics and Frankenstein Ten Facts about Frankenstein Frankenstein and Paradise Lost A "horror story of maternity" Education in the novel Mary Shelley's family circle What the critics say A Short Chronology Further Reading
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