Book Brief


Frankenstein
Mary Shelley
Novel

Brief Synopsis:
The book opens with a scene of a ship in the Arctic Ocean. The ship is stuck in
the ice and unable to move. Robert Walton, the ship’s captain, is writing letters to his
sister back home. The letters tell of his explorations and the events that occur on the ship.
Walton’s crew pulls abord a lifeless body and revive the man back to life. This man is
Victor Frankenstein. Walton and Frankenstein talk about why Victor is in the Arctic and
Victor explains the horrible and tragic story of the past few years of his life.
Victor was born to a very wealthy and popular family. While he was still young
his parents adopted a young girl with whom Victor would grow up with and eventually
fall in love with her. Victor goes through medical school and becomes very good friends a
classmate, Henry Clerval. Even though Victors young life seams perfect it is all about to
change.
Victor’s mother died when he was still young and her death would change him for
the rest of his life. After Victor’s mother’s death Victor swore he would conquer the
mortality of humans. Victor, once he was out of medical school, he began to work on his
theory of conquering death. He collected numerous body parts and put them together and
used a special technique to bring the corpse to life. At first Victor thought he had failed,
but the creature sat up and was alive. Victor was horrified by his own creation and fled
his laboratory. The monster then disappeared into the city.
Two years pasted and the monster wasn’t heard from, until something terrible
happened. Victor’s younger brother William was strangled to death. It was believed that
William’s nanny and close friend of the family, Justine, had murdered him. A lynch mob
gathered and drug her off and hanged her. Later on Victor saw his creature and realized
that the monster murdered his brother not Justine. Victor still in shock after his brother’s
death went to the mountains. The monster followed him there. When Victor stopped the
monster confronted him. The monster explained to Victor how he survived while in
hiding. He told Victor of the family he watched through a crack in the wall of the
abandoned shack he stayed in and how he learned to read, write, and talk from these
people.
After a long and detailed conversation the monster told Victor of his deal. The
monster wanted Victor to create another being similar to himself. The monster realized
that he was hideous and that no normal human could or would ever love him. The
creature that Victor would create for him would be his lifelong partner and they would
flee civilization never to return. The other side of the deal was if Victor did not agree the
monster would haunt Victor the rest of his life. Since the monster would not have anyone
to love neither would Victor because the monster would torture Victor by killing all the
people that he loved.
At first Victor agreed to the deal. Days went by and Victor began his project.
Half way through he realized that he regretted the first time he did this and he swore to
himself that he would not repeat the same mistake again. Victor destroyed the remains of
the project and as he was doing this the monster came in the room. Once the monster saw
Victor wreaking his laboratory, he became furious. The monster promised Victor he
would regret his actions and threatened that Victor should be careful because the monster
would be with him on his wedding night.
The monster’s threat did not stop Victor from his plans of marrying Elizabeth, his
childhood love. After the wedding Victor hired the best men to guard him and his wife
that night. As Victor was checking the guards he heard his wife scream. They rushed into
the room, saw the monster fleeing the room, and saw his wife strangled on the bed.
Victor then swore that he would track the monster to the ends of the Earth and kill him.
The monster lead Victor to the Arctic. This is where Victor was pulled aboard by Capt.
Walton and his crew.
After Victor finished telling his story to Walton and his crew he fell asleep and
died. Sometime later a rather large and hideous man came aboard the ship and asked if
they had seen his “father.” The men pointed toward Victor’s body and the man/monster
wept. The monster built a raft and