Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (Mary Shelley)

Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a monstrous being through his ambitious experimentations. As the consequences of his creation unfold, Victor must confront the moral and existential dilemmas that arise, leading to a tragic and thought-provoking exploration of humanity, responsibility, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Author: Mary Shelley
Year of publication: 1818
Pages: 288





Plot Complexity: high
Language Complexity: high
Ideas Complexity: moderate

Frankenstein showcases a sophisticated language, falling within the realm of the Blue Label, with its eloquent prose, rich vocabulary, and complex sentence structures. The novel explores profound ideas, such as the nature of creation, the pursuit of knowledge, and the consequences of unchecked ambition. While these ideas are intellectually engaging, they do not reach the level of complexity typically associated with the C1 category. The novel’s exploration of these themes remains accessible and comprehensible to readers with a B2/C1 level of language proficiency. Its plot, characterized by intertwining letters, storylines, and intricate twists, demands active engagement from readers, placing it in the BlueLabel category. With its combination of refined language, thought-provoking ideas, and intricate plot, Frankenstein is a compelling and intellectually stimulating read.


Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

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