Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
For my independent novel I have chosen Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was written in 1817 when Mary was 18 years old, was anonymously published in 1818, was republished with Mary’s name on it in 1823, and is 209 pages long.
We start and end with a series of letters written by Captain Robert Walton addressed to his sister. The middle is Victor Frankenstein telling the story of his past, why he made his monster, and how he has vowed to find it and get his revenge.
In the first 70 pages in the book, the actions that impressed me was less from the character himself but more who he was talking about. Frankenstein speaks of the noble actions his father did before he was born.
The action that impressed me the most was how even though his father had a more powerful position with the town, he still went out of his way to help a friend in need. Through that, it reveals how loyal, and determined he was. We see all this when “He lost no time in endeavouring to seek him out,” as “it was ten months before my father discovered his abode.” (pg. 32). He did not give up on his friend; he kept looking for him for months on end. He was determined to find his friend and he would not give up. He wants so badly to find his friend yet as the months go on he fears that he would not find him and that something bad has happened. He faces many external conflicts such as weather and terrain that is challenging to work with when searching for his friend. Being externally exhausted can lead to negative internal thoughts such as giving up and going home.
I think the development of the character can be realistic but is also not. To explain my statement, I think it is realistic because there are people with higher positions that will go great lengths to help those who don’t ask for it. I also don’t think it is realistic because, especially now a days, people will try to help others, but they won’t go to the full extent. If there are too many challenges or the task takes too long to complete most people end up giving up. Most people also wouldn’t help people without being asked, now I say most because there are still people that do but it doesn’t happen often. I agree with how the character has responded and acted. I think we should emulate this character because he has been nothing but thoughtful, persistent, and caring throughout not only this scene but all the pages.
Relating this back to TALONS, I can relate to this character on both the external and the internal conflicts. When hiking in TALONS on retreats or adventure trips, the terrain and weather can be highly unpredictable. Often, we can predict what it will most likely be like but sometimes nature can throw us curve balls. When the unexpected happens, we often take the surprise negatively. The rain, cold, and exhaustion get us wanting to turn back and give up on our trip. I know personally when the weather is rough, and I am tired, I am often wishing I was back home in my bed. If I was in his situation I don’t think I would be able to take the same actions as he did. If I knew a friend was in need I, first, most likely wouldn’t take any actions until my friend had asked for help, and secondly would not spend that much time searching for someone who may or may not want to be found. The approach I would take is wait until I see the problem or until I am asked to help, until then I would not do anything. If my help is needed I would find the quickest way to help, I would not spend ten months trying to fix their problem. Maybe in life or death situations but other than that. Even though I love all my friends dearly, I do not think I would be able to have the determination or commitment to spend that much time trying to fix a problem that is not my own and may or may not even be fixable.