When the Created becomes the Master

A thought from our book discussion at Ambleside Online. We are nearing the end of Frankenstein, the leader cruelly stopped us at chapter 22. I must confess that if I hadn’t previously read this book I would still be reading towards the end.

This quote, from chapter 20, caught my eye. Oh, I’ve also discovered a way to highlight the add-to-my-commonplace-book quotes. I commonly highlight good sections as well as lines that really show the action of the story, but most I don’t want to actually copy into my book. So, in addition to highlighting, I make an asterisk or star in the margin. (It would be best to have the commonplace book on hand while reading, but I was supervising my 4 year old’s bath. Enough said.)

Anyway, the monster is speaking to Victor Frankenstein.

Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; –obey!

Wow. Inductive Bible studies have taught me to look for transition and contrast words such as ‘therefore’ and ‘but’. But that is a huge ‘but’. Has anyone ever felt like they have [figuratively, I hope] created a monster? In Frankenstein’s life, the created has become master, and misery will result. Misery, not just for Victor Frankenstein, but also for the created monster.

As Andrew Kern quotes from The Hobbit: “It isn’t natural, and trouble will come of it.”

1 Comment

  1. silvia

    That passage stood out too, when I read it.
    Such an insightful connection, Amy, and a very cool quote by Kern!

    LOL… I felt the same. Our cruel leader stopped us all at the best part. But it was a great time to exercise restraint.

    I am going to follow you by email, because I have been pathetic about following you all, friends. I forget about your blogs, then I remember but do not come and stop… I think sometimes I have created monsters in my children’s attitudes and responses.

    I have that problem too, of not having my commonpb when I need it.


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