Episode 347 – Frankenstein – Part 2

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Get ready to meet the monster as we masticate the second quarter of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!

Special thanks to our TWO readers, the phenomenal Rachel Lackey and the diabolical Greig Johnson.


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  • Jake Franklin on

    Hey Chris and Chad! Love your podcast. I’ve been listening for a little over a couple years now, and made the plunge to be a subscriber when you guys changed your model, and I don’t regret it one bit! Thanks for putting out the content you do, I find it to be extremely interesting, informative and high quality in a genre that is rather niche.

    I wanted to chime in on this episode about something I didn’t hear you guys bring up; something that really strikes me about “Trevor” are his expectations of Victor Frankenstein and of the family that he sort of adopted. Because he can’t interact with them normally, he is forced to interact with them completely in his own mind. This leads to him placing all his hopes about his life being fulfilled, of belonging, and of having a family in these people.

    This is an expectation that is as flawed and distorted as his own body, but the horror of which I have experienced myself. You know that moment when you realize that that girl or boy you’re dating or that friend you have, are expecting something from you that you can never, ever give them? That is a moment of profound horror (albeit mundane), and I thought that Mary Shelley hit upon this idea really well. What was frightening to me about the scene of the Monster hugging the frail, blind father’s legs was the idea that this gigantic, super-strong, super-smart man had placed his hopes and dreams upon people who could never fulfill them.

    Frankenstein’s monster (for truly, we see that he at least becomes one) paints himself as a “wretched” victim. But I haven’t heard anybody bring up the fact that his expectations were such that we would not accept them from even a rational man! This distorted perception of reality seems to mirror his physical aspect, and it raises the question “is the monster disillusioned because of the neglect of Frankenstein and the people who scorn him? Or would it have been inevitable, if these expectations were an element of his very nature? Could you change his distorted perception any more than you could change his yellow eyes?”

    Food for thought! I’m looking forward to the rest of this book and can’t wait for whatever is after!


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