How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human
2016-06-21 14:50:45 GMT
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"The fact that the novel is so widely taught is slightly more perplexing. It’s understandable that, as a novel of ideas, it should serve as a convenient prompt to inspire class discussions on a range of important questions: What is a human being? Is it dangerous to play God? What are the ethical implications and limits of scientific research? What are the effects of isolation and alienation? But what makes it a slightly less obvious choice is the fact that it is a very difficult book—not so much because the language is old-fashioned but because the structure is exceedingly complex, containing stories within stories, letters within narratives, and multiple narrators; each segment of the novel informs and reflects upon the tone and content of the others. "
I really liked this narrative form in Frankenstein and Dracula. Tried it for my first novel. The two readers that have gone through it so far were underwhelmed.
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