In these regards, I faced no real difficulty or challenges when reading Frankenstein. Occasionally I came across vocabulary that I either wasn’t familiar with, or was perhaps typical of the nineteenth century that I stumbled upon, but nothing challenging to the point of disrupting the novel’s narrative flow. I believe the centering of the narrative around sensational and horrifying events greatly contributed to my interest and ease in understanding the novel. It’s this exciting nature that also led me to find the book highly intriguing and moving. There were many parts of the novel that I found intriguing and recognize that the down periods only existed so that they could be resolved in narrative climaxes. Probably the most intriguing element was Victor’s description of how he had received his education and his desire to discover the secret meanings of life, and his eventual realization of this in Frankenstein’s creation. I also found Victor’s quest towards the novel’s conclusion to exact revenge on Frankenstein as perhaps the most moving; at this point I had become completely emotionally invested in the characters and read this section with both terror and impassioned interest. While there were many unfortunate instances in the novel, I feel most moved by the monster’s plight and loneliness, as it was not difficult to feel empathy for a lonely individual seeking a partner in life; later, the murder of Victor’s wife was also a highly moving and unfortunate element in terms of my emotional response to the novel.
In reading Foster’s How to Read Literature like a Professor there were a number of features that aided and enhanced my interpretation of the novel. While I had experience examining symbols and latent meanings in novels from high school English classes, the book’s discussion of symbols really helped reframe