Frankenstein by Mary Shelley doesn’t begin with a conventional chapter, it starts with letters written by R. Walton to his sister Margaret in the 1700s. Often when people read, they will flip pages until they see Chapter One. It’s important to note that when reading Frankenstein, you should not do this. If you do, you are going to miss one crucial detail – the story is an oral history being told to R. Walton. His letters become journal entries that achieve the creation of a mysterious mood for the reader.
When reading, remember these few key points:
- R. Walton self-made man who is an explorer navigating the Russian terrain in the 1700’s
- The world as we know it hadn’t been completely discovered and two hundred years later, remote areas were still being explored. Here’s some perspective, Sir Edmund Hillary didn’t reach the top of Mount Everest until 1953.
- In 1818 when Mary Shelley’s masterpiece got published, technology evolved at a furious pace. Batteries were barely 20 years old, and the world wouldn’t have the first light bulb until 1888. Not only do we get a great horror story, but also a piece of literature which tells us how people thought about these inventions, and they were not only frightening, but seemed capable of almost anything.
Once you take these details into consideration, you can understand why this book a lasting impact. I hope you enjoy listening to Episode I as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Peace, love, and light – Melysette
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