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NWagner - J. Winterson's Frankissstein
by NWagner - (2019-09-30)
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The setting of the book “Frankissstein” is the same of the original version called “Frankenstein” published in 1818 and written by Mary Shelley.

“Frankissstein” was written by Jeanette Winterson  and published in 2019 and it’s a post-modern novel.

It starts with two quotations, the first from a song of the Eagles, a rock group from Los Angeles, this quotation means that the human beings have one life and that they have the responsibility of what they do in this life.

The second quotation “Reality is water-soluble” means that reality isn’t a well defined situation and also that water changes according to where you put it in and also life changes.

This quotation also anticipates the setting and the weather of the first part of the novel because the characters are influenced by the water because it rains.

There is a first person narrator, it’s Mary Shelley who is also the protagonist and the eye-witness and for this reason the reader aspects to identify itself with the character.

In the first section the narrator speaks about the setting and what she sees around the house. Then she speaks about the evolution and the importance of language for the human beings.

The tale is about potential advances in artificial intelligence to make you shiver. The real horror is that these developments are likely to become reality within 50 or 100 years.

The themes Winterson explores are duality and doubleness, the human life cycle and the blurring of the familiar with the unfamiliar.

Ry Shelley is a transgender hospital doctor who supplies body parts to his friend Victor Stein.

Victor Stein is a futurist whose dream is to develop AI technology at the extent that one day the body will be redundant.

Winterson uses literary allusion and contemporary popular culture in various ways to make or reinforce her points of view.

The central theme of this novel is the ability of humans to imagine impossible futures and then to be frightened by the consequences of their imagination.