So here's the question: what is the real meaning of Frankenstein? Opinion is and always has been divided... where does the truth lie?
Many people disregard the allure of the classic writers, seeing them as old, established, and jaded. Yet, in their day, these writers were the revolutionaries, cutting edge writing with cutting edge messages, and I challenge anyone looking at them anew to place themselves in the mindset of the reader of the time - even swap mental genders if you like - and see them as they were intended.
Frankenstein, the jewel in the crown of the National Theatre's NT Live initiative, is returning to UK cinemas just in time for Halloween. So if you haven't yet seen Danny Boyle's extraordinary interpretation of Mary Shelley's gothic tale of creation and destruction then grab your opportunity.
She was discovered in an advanced state of pregnancy, despite the fact that she had been estranged from her husband for over two years; and last, and most explosively, the husband in question was not only the eldest son of a baronet, but the noted radical, atheist and poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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A copy of Frankenstein that belonged to Lord Bryon and features an inscription by Mary Shelley has been discovered in a family
The dumbing down started early for Frankenstein. Barely five years after Mary Shelley first sent her "hideous progeny" out into the world, Richard Brinsley Peake's stage play, Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein began the process of turning a complex psychological novel about the divided self into a crowd-pleaser with hunchbacks.