The traveling exhibit, Frankenstein: Pentrating the Secrets of Nature is on view in the Medical Library through December.
The tragic story of Victor Frankenstein and the living monster he creates in his laboratory has gripped our imaginations since its first publication in 1818.
Mary Shelley was only 18-years-old
when she began writing Frankenstein. From an early age, Shelley came to know several literary
figures of her time and great works of literature, history, and mythology.
In the book, Shelly portrayed Frankenstein as an ambitious scientist who was obsessed with creating life. She depicted the creature as a sensitive, articulate, and lonely being who was
denied companionship and rejected by humans. The creature lashes out in revenge only when he is betrayed and abandoned by Frankenstein, his maker.
Over the decades, playwrights, filmmakers, and the media have transformed Shelley’s sympathetic creature into a speechless monster who kills without remorse. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores the lasting influence of the Frankenstein story on popular culture and as a metaphor for effects of unchecked power and self-serving ambition on the human community.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature exhibition logo Courtesy National Library of Medicine.
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