“I am by birth a Genevese; and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics; and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation. He was respected by all who knew him for his integrity and indefatigable attention to public business. He passed his younger days perpetually occupied by the affairs of his country; a variety of circumstances had prevented his marrying early, nor was it until the decline of life that he became a husband and the father of a family.”
I never read that paragraph as a kid, all I remember is black and white renditions of the Green Goliath that terrified villages in a faraway land. Mary Wollstone Shelley’s Creation has endured across one of history’s most changing eras. besides being penned by the daughter of political philosopherWilliam Godwin, and philosopher and feminist mother Mary was married to one of the 19th century most famous romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley.
We all know the tale at least how is often portrayed by Hollywood B movies but there is more to it than Frankenstein meets Abbott and Costello – this tale forewarns of humanities run amok technology. To me it also speaks of, in subtle ways, of the dangers of mistrust of science and even those who are unlike us. If you have the time this book is definitely worth a read. http://www.literature.org/authors/shelley-mary/frankenstein/chapter-01.html
BTW– happy birthday Mary.