As we approach Halloween and the spookiness of the season, I’ve revisited many of the classic tales meant to raise our blood pressure and send chills down our spines. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is among these, but I’ve come to view the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in an entirely new light since my first impression. Cast aside by everyone he comes across including his creator, Frankenstein’s monster is rejected in his every hopeful search for love, affection, companionship, and human kindness in the most severe terms. It is a story of loneliness, loss, and grief that ultimately turns to violence.
In what areas of your life do you express fear before you express love? Who have you come across that you have rejected before extending a hand? What would your world look like if those around you sought understanding before they sought rivalry and revenge? How can we learn from the tale of Frankenstein’s monster to soften our hearts in the face of fear?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC