However, what I probably disliked most was something in the underlying worldview of the book- that it is society that teaches us to be evil. (by the way, I find this to be so totally flawed in general- what is society made up of but people? So it's people who have the darkness in their hearts and it invades society. Not the other way around) Frankenstein's monster was a pitiable creature, and though I did feel sorry for him at times, I don't feel that his tragic experiences excused his actions. I guess I was mad because I felt Mary Shelley was trying to portray him in a certain light and I just wanted to hate him and she wasn't letting me totally do that.
And Victor Frankenstein- how did he live with himself? He didn't seem evil- just really, really foolish and somewhat cowardly. *SPOILER* And when the monster said he'd "be there at his wedding night" and Frankenstein was positive he was going to murder him, I wanted to slap Frankenstein up the head and yell, "You idiot! He's not going to kill you! He's going to kill your wife!" I saw that coming from about five miles away, and I just felt that it was one example of Victor Frankenstein's self-centeredness and foolishness. *END OF SPOILER*
However, if the book was trying to get across the dangers of intellectual arrogance and a search/obsession for knowledge that overrides basic morality and ethics, then it did it's duty. As it is, I was only too glad to finish this novel...and hopefully never have to encounter it again.
I almost gave this book two stars on Goodreads, because whatever I didn't like about it, Frankenstein was one of the first of its kind and remarkable in plot; still, I finally went with one star over the fact that Goodreads stars mean certain things and when all is said and done, I still didn't like it.
What about you? Have you read Frankenstein, and what did you think of it?