Novel 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus' by Mary Shelley

In January 1818 a novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published in London. This Gothic novel was written by Mary Shelley after she had a summer holiday together with friends near Lake Geneva in 1816. Action of the novel occurs in the same places. Idea for the novel of steel of the science themes which had been discussed by friends. One of themes is an experiment with corpses and galvanism. Afterwards Mary Godwin conceived the idea for Frankenstein: the student has created 'the hideous phantasm of a man'.

The novel of this author is one of the very first science fiction books. The history about the scientific Victor Frankenstein and monster created by him, warns the modern person of danger of use of a science.

Story in the novel is such. Novel begins with the description of how in Arctic Circle the command of Captain Robert Walton finds the dying person. He is the scientist Victor Frankenstein. He tells to the captain a history about how he has created the monster and how this monster has brought many troubles and death to him and his relatives and friends.

The characters of novel 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus' are:
Victor Frankenstein is the scientific and monster's creator. He discovered the secret to imbuing the inanimate with life.
The Frankenstein's monster is the product of an experiment with corpses in galvanism. He take revenge on Victor for his sufferings and loneliness among people.
The captain Robert Walton is the commander of the ship which picks up Frankenstein in the Arctic Circle.
Elizabeth Lavenza is Frankenstein's cousin. Elizabeth was killed by monster, when she was bride of Frankenstein.
Ernest and William are the Frankenstein's brothers. William was killed by monster.
Henry Clerval is the doctor and Frankenstein's childhood friend. He was killed by monster too.

Since 1910 more than 25 films based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley had been made. I think, that the Frankenstein' monster and the vampire Dracula are the most popular characters of world cinema. Films of 30-s' years about this monster are the classic horror films.

The first film about the Frankenstein' monster is the silent film. It had been made in 1910. In novel Mary Shelley does not tell how the young scientist Frankenstein has reanimated the monster. But in this short film the monster was reanimated in the boiler with chemicals.

The greatest popularity to this hero was brought in 1931 when the Universal Studios has made horror film based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. In this film the monster was reanimated with the electricity. In the novel also was not written about a donor brain. This fragment also was thought up for film of 1931.

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