No.5 Frankenstein’s Monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
As I announced on Saturday to celebrate Halloween, I will be counting down to the most popular, the scariest fictional characters here on my blog with top spot being announced on all Hallow eve itself! So make sure you’re checking back every day to see if you’re favourite hit the top spot.
Frankenstein’s monster first appeared in Mary Shelley’s 1813 fictional novel, Frankenstein. For those of you who may not know, the monster was created by protagonist Victor Frankenstein by using various body parts from different corpses. Whilst in popular culture, the creature is often referred to “Frankenstein” after his create, yet in the novel he has no name and is continually refereed to “creature”, “devil” and “fiend” by Victor.
So why is this green skinned monster such a popular Halloween character? Perhaps because he’s so truly repulsive to look at as he is described as;
“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips“
However, we can also pity the creature as his only wish in his artificial life is to have some form of companionship and integrate within society. What’s so tragic about this character is that he is shunned by society because of his grotesque appearance, leading him to seek vengeance on his creator and wreaking havoc in society.
Since his first appearance in Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein’s monster has been adapted, tweaked and changed. The character recently featured in a (terrible) movie adaptation starring Aaron Eckhart and a stage adaptation with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller who alternated between playing Victor Frankenstein and The Creature.