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Parasha: Frankenstein March 20th reading


Well then.

I'm... not sure if I admire Frankenstein now more, or think him even more of a putz. On the one hand, he's finally coming around... right AFTER the Creature basically says "oh yeah, I am the one behind the death of your beloved little brother and your almost-adopted-sister, for no good reason other than they were there and I was pissed."

On the other hand, he's finally actually showing some belated compassion for his creation and taking some responsibility. Which is long, long overdue.

And back on the first hand, I'm not sure though how much of his "compassion" is actually that, and how much is his worry about the Creature's threats of further retribution.

So... yeah.

Anyhow, just can't wait to see how this works out...

Also, has anyone noticed that *both* of these guys feel totally secure in predicting how such a second creation, a female one, would think and react? They both just take for granted that she's going to go along with whatever the original Creature decides, whether out of his guidance or because it's assumed her own feelings and motives will be the same, because of being created the same way. Because yeah, we just KNOW all men think and feel alike because they are created the same way.

Yeesh. At this point, I think both of them need a storm of clue-by-fours about the head and shoulders.

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khedron
Mar. 21st, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Well, you know how mild & accommodating all women are.

No, that's not quite fair. It's more how you say -- the Creature is projecting his experiences and reactions onto her. "I feel this way, therefore she will too" and by his logic, she'll be inexorably drawn to his company instead of, I don't know, preferring solitude.

I find the Creature's "society made me do it!" argument pretty weak, but then again, I'm not unique and shunned in all the world. I still feel more sympathy for him than for M. Frankenstein, even given the almost gleeful admission of his guilt.

Were I Frankenstein now... I don't know what I'd do. Robbing more graveyards (around home!) and making another Creature probably seems pretty abhorrent at this point. On the other hand, it doesn't sound like he has any hope of killing his progeny here, or protecting his family if he refuses or backs out of the deal. It's a tough place to be in; he doesn't really have any good choices.
stormfeather
Mar. 21st, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not saying it's definitely a matter of "oh, that woman wouldn't have any opinions of her own because she's female" (although it can have a few unfortunate implications like that), but whatever the reason, I think they're being clueless and making unwarranted assumptions there. And need the clue-by-fours.

And yeah, it's tough to really put ourselves in the Creature's shoes (not only because they're too big, ba-dum-bum), but I just don't buy his "oh, I had to go gleefully murder and frame innocents because I wasn't love enough!" Although a bit more than I would for a normal person, since in some ways he's an infant. Or a toddler. But not very much of one, by his coherence and reasoning skills!

And yeah, Frankenstein's definitely painted himself into a corner.
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