[good ol’ frankie]
I bought this book about 9 months ago and for some reason delayed the reading. I bought it for $.20 (well, I should say, dad bought it for me) and apart from it being a good deal (5 books for $1), I wanted to read all three novels. As a person who calls herself a reading-addict, having not read Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was sort of a drawback. Although my mom disagrees with me, I still consider these works classical. Nothing that was written before or after on these topics cannot overcome the ingeniousness and creativity of authors.
Anyway, so far I have been reading Frankenstein. I’ve got to admit, I was expecting a completely different picture! I never really watched any movies (with an exception of Van Helsing) about Frankenstein because it never really attracted me. So all I knew about the story were rumors. How clearly it shows that one cannot trust rumors! First of all, I was astonished to find out that Victor Frankenstein wasn’t the monster himself; he was the creator of the monster. Another thing that moved me was that the creature Victor created was gentle and benevolent at first, it was the attitude of people that made him turn into a savage. all he wanted was to be accepted and loved and instead he discovered that sometimes you can get punished for doing good (when he saved a girl who fell into the stream and her friend shot the monster from his rifle not even understanding that without this monster, his girlfriend would be dead in the water…)…
although I am not in any case saying that it is a Christian book, there are lessons that can be learned from it (as from any good book)… the analogy that I keep seeing is that people in this book are like the older brother in the parable about prodigal son. We see someone who is abhorrent and doesn’t look nice and we assume that he is bad (and when I say “we,” foremost I mean myself because I am guilty of that… assuming that I am too clean to talk with “those others”… I am trying to get rid of this habit, but sometimes it prevails, unfortunately…)… we do not even care that the other person just wants to be loved, we just cross them out of the picture.
If only it was easier to get rid of this narrow-mindedness…
Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7, the Message