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MSverzut-From M. Shelley's Frankenstein to J. Winterson's Frankisstein- Kerryn Goldsworthy rewiev
by MSverzut - (2019-09-30)
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In his review, Kerryn Goldsworthy writes that the subject of the novel “Frankissstein” of Jeanette’s Winterson is the nature of human identity. To do this she is connected to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.

Winterson re-telling the Shelley’s life at the time of the summer of 1816 and also the subsequent events up to the writing of “Frankenstein”. Doing this, Winterson can reconnect at the Mary Shelley’s thoughts about the the nature of human identity and about the birth and the death.

The story of Mary constitutes the first layer of the novel and it is fundamental for the story because in the second layer Winterson reconnects to it making a storm up to the present day or perhaps to a near future, considering a wide range of implications about what it means to live in the early 21st century.

Both the narrative layers talk about the nature of human identity and ask the same question: what does it mean to be human ? To explain this, Winterson adds the dialogues about the artificial intelligence.

Furthermore , in the second layer the main character is a transgender and he says “I am what I am. I live with doubleness”. The doubleness is the fundamental theme of the Winterson’s theme because it explain the duality of the human identity. The human nature Is not one thing and not one gender.

In conclusion, Goldsworthy consideres “Frankissstein” a novel that does give the impression of needing a brisk editorial tidy-up and in which many ideas about the humaness move around madly.