Victor Frankenstein, Absentee God

Frankenstein and CreatureSo the Week 4 reading assignment for my online class on Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World was Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein, or The New Prometheus.

I really got cranking on the reading notes this week; I had 17 letter-size pages!  (For everyone but Americans: that’s about A4 format.)  While I don’t consider the book to be entertainment reading, it certainly packs a lot of ideas and symbols, so much that we take away from it different parts.

I have trouble with the notion that it falls in the science fiction genre.  There is so little effort at giving any scientific explanation for the reanimation, and few other allusions to science (though many to Knowledge) that it constitutes more trappings than substance.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think focusing on the knowledge-Man-was-not-ready-for is missing a lot of the picture.

Then again, the picture contains so many elements that it’s hard to do otherwise.  Here is my 300-word essay on Frankenstein as a sly exploration of theodicy.  Continue reading “Victor Frankenstein, Absentee God”