Wednesday, 16 October 2019
FRANKENSTEIN; AYNARA'S CRITIQUE
I recently read a detailed critique of Mary Shiela's Frankenstein by my very good friend; the beaituful and very intelligent Aynara, a university fresher and I must confess it's an absolute brilliant work that is a must-read for all literary student and lovers of literature and art.
FRANKENSTEIN; MY CRITIQUE
From the title of the novel we find an interesting simile between the myth of Prometheus and Frankenstein; On the one hand Prometheus had stolen the fire to deliver it to mortals and as a result was punished by Zeus and for Frankenstein it was one of the first discoveries of human life. Also, we can relate the punishment of Prometheus with that of the condemnation of living alone and apart that Victor wanted.
For the monster In turn, I consider that reading the prologue of this novel is essential to understand its content, intentionality and significance; Understanding the evolution of horror novels and their social criticism invites you to read history in a more thoughtful way.
After drawing my own conclusions, since I consider that every literary work opens in me a new window of understanding, I will focus on the attitude of the "monster", a qualifier that in my opinion is not right and I understand that it is called In this way, because of his physical appearance and his thirst for revenge, I wonder: will there be a worse monster than the human being who hides with a good physique and the most execrable actions politically correct?
In turn, from the birth of the monster the state of nature of the human being is reflected; at first full of kindness and with concerns to describe until finally you want to feel only thirst, hunger and sleep.
Another characteristic theme of the work and that should be the last name of Dr. Victor Frankenstein is that of ambition. One of the quotations that shook me the most and with which I felt identified is when the doctor arrives at the University and several professors try to change his mind and abandon his ideas: 《I was required to change dreams of infinite greatness for realities of insignificant value.》 Therefore, I think it is important to preserve dreams and utopias so that reality does not become so monotonous and insignificant.
As a final aspect of the content of this work, I would like to highlight Frankenstein's speech and his thoughts about the life of human beings whom he was watching closely. He learned and appreciated the ability of speech, empathy, kindness, affection, and friendship. His intellectual growth arises from the imitation of others, for example when he learns his first words and their meaning. And despite using imitation as a learning method, he ends up being despised by those who idolized, he forgot to analyze the superficial of the human being and how this prevails over the intellectual and sentimental.
On the other hand, the descriptions have seemed excessive and sometimes unnecessary since I think there must be a personal description of the reader that he creates in his mind.
As for the literary language, the author has used the poetic function on several occasions and in the best way, despite the attention of the deviant from the subject and this lost some importance. If I had to highlight some original element of the work it would be the temporary turn, that is, the novel begins with the story of a sailor whose purpose is to find a crossing to reach the North Pole and he meets a defeated Victor who only thinks in destroying Frankenstein. It is an analepsis that arouses in the reader the question of who this stranger will be.
Aynara Mesa Santos is in her first year studying Hispanic Philology at the University of La Laguna, Spain.
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