A Monster’s State

This is the essay I mentioned many parts ago. Written in November 2011 for a somewhat unorthodox college course, it's meant more as an exploration of multiple perspectives than a definitive conclusion. It's not meant to persuade, I don't even know that I agree with every point. The goal is to make you rethink the … Continue reading A Monster’s State

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Roundtable 1: The Mysterious Disappearance of Ernest

A few weeks back, a reader, Emily (bookreviews19 on Instagram) told me she had always been troubled by not knowing what happened to Ernest, the only surviving member of the Frankenstein family. She asked what I thought and, though I gave a brief theory at the time, I promised a more in-depth exploration later on. … Continue reading Roundtable 1: The Mysterious Disappearance of Ernest

Part 27: Return to Postage (Volume III, Chapter VII, Section II)

In his next letter (somehow the majority of this narrative has been contained in a single letter, it's almost as if Shelley forgot it was one), Walton asks his sister if she is horrified by the story as he is. (I'm horrified, likely for a different reason.) He then recounts how Victor was physically affected … Continue reading Part 27: Return to Postage (Volume III, Chapter VII, Section II)

Part 26: The Beginning of the End (Volume III, Chapter VII, section I)

This is our final chapter. It's 2-3 times as long as any other. As I wish to give adequate time to my thoughts and feelings about the narrative's final moments, we will be taking it in sections. Victor was incensed by Elizabeth's murder (which he would have predicted from the beginning if he didn't assume that … Continue reading Part 26: The Beginning of the End (Volume III, Chapter VII, section I)

Part 23: Hello, Coincidence, My Dead Friend (Volume III, Chapter IV)

Victor was taken to the magistrate, a very serious man, who asked the men who accompanied Victor to speak as witnesses. A fisherman said the night before, which had been very dark, he was walking along the beach when he tripped over a corpse. Initially, he thought the man had drowned but his clothes were dry. … Continue reading Part 23: Hello, Coincidence, My Dead Friend (Volume III, Chapter IV)