Frankenstein wrote:maryshelley wrote:'Frankenstein' again. I'm sure I missed a typographical error in there somewhere.
What is your favorite theme or quote from the book Frankenstein?
Frankenstein wrote:Nice quote Maryshelley!
Man's burning question of what happens after death.
No, more death as a release from the burning miseries of life. Death as an end - 'lost in the darkness and distance'. The monster is not questioning the inevitable 'farewell' more pondering upon the cruelties that life and, in particular, his creator had bestowed upon he the 'innocent'. If you listen very carefully on the quietest of quiet nights can you not hear this lament in the prayers of every earthly believer? 'Father, have I not been a good son to thee? Then why dost thou forsake me! O Lord!'.Also, a little ways above your quote the monster says, "he is dead who called me into being" The created came to master his creator. Very Nietzchean, in a sorrowful way.
Shall the sins of the Father be visited upon the son?This is my favorite passage from Volume 1 Chapter 4 paragraph 3 from Frankenstein.
"The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardor that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and the breathless horror and disgust filled my heart."
Ah the feelings of human nature when faced with the accidents of life. Be careful what you wish for, Frankenstein. Those who would be gods more often become monsters. Omnipotence is a heavy yoke to bear without the balancing load of omniscience.I thought that so many themes and messages are within these couple sentences alone. I love it. The romantic sense of play and our authentic self at work is opposed when we take a passion and turn it into a career. When we turn our passions into a job, it loses its aesthetic appeal. The mentioning of rest also goes back to god and how god even took time to rest when creating us. Even further, the sole purpose of creating life shouldn't be merely to create life, but also to cultivate the mind-- with poetry and art.
fuse wrote:Ah...no bite you say? I understand that. Although, I personally think Hesse has an enormous bite, but maybe it's too subtly expressed or maybe only certain types of people are receptive to it.
And I like Huxley, too. Brave New World was one of the best books I read growing up in terms of the incredible stimulation it provided for new thoughts and ideas. If I ever get the time, I want to read Point Counter Point next.
trevor wrote:fuse wrote:Ah...no bite you say? I understand that. Although, I personally think Hesse has an enormous bite, but maybe it's too subtly expressed or maybe only certain types of people are receptive to it.
Are you implying he's too subtly expressed for my dim intellect?
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