Victor Frankenstein was a young Swiss scientist, who wanted to create artificially a human in a laboratory, but instead he gave life to a humanlike monster that horrified his creator. He was the first one to be hurt by his creation - it killed the scientist's younger brother, then his fiancee and his best friend. Commonly, Frankenstein is the name for a monster, artificially made creature, that looks like a human. It didn't have a personal name in the Mary Shelley's story, his own creator - Victor Frankenstein - called him a "monster", "demon" or "giant".Allegorically, a man who brought to the world powers he couldn't deal with, that turned on him and in the end, he suffered from them himself.A novel Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. At the same time, it is an early example of science fiction.How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea? - Mary Shelley (Wikipedia)
Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man. She died in 1851. Maurice Hindle studied at the universities of Keele, Durham and Essex, gaining a Ph.D. in Literature from Essex in 1989. He currently teaches at the Open University.