But this disfigured regent believes that he has the same complaint against the world, the same cause for rancor, as Frankenstein's creature--which is that he is not, and indeed cannot be, loved.
Such insights are, of course, not really so different from the central argument of monster stories like Frankenstein. As the creature says to his maker/parent:
In 1994 Kenneth Branagh and Robert DeNiro brought us the latest reincarnation of Shelley's story of Frankenstein's tortured creature, and Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred in "Interview with a Vampire," the first installment of Ann Rice's homage to Stoker's Dracula.
"Early readers did not like Frankenstein," says Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws, a biography of Shelley and her mother.
But despite the public's uneasiness, the proof of Frankenstein's impact was in how quickly people "borrowed" it, and by that measure the novel was a huge success, with numerous stage adaptations in the years that followed.
When the English Opera House in London advertised the first adaptation of the "improper work called Frankenstein" in 1823, the advertisements said, "Do not take your wives, do not take your daughters, do not take your families!!!!"
In 1818 Victor Frankenstein possessed free will or the capacity for meaningful moral choice--he could have abandoned his quest for the 'principle of life,' he could have cared for his creature, he could have protected Elizabeth.
The name "Frankenstein" was apparently chosen after a castle Mary and Percy Shelley had seen in their trip on the Rhine in late August and September 1814.
The latest generation of actors to take the stage for "Young Frankenstein: The Musical" represent excellently realized casting.
There is nothing in "Young Frankenstein: The Musical" that is memorable in terms of the music, but this isn't a horror show in that regard, either.
Victor Frankenstein was born of good family in Geneva.
Although Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote other novels, such as The Last Man (1824) and Lodore (1835), she is remembered in literary history as the author of Frankenstein. The subject for her book arose in a discussion between her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron.