|QUESTION: What was the name of Mary Shelley's monster?
FORFEIT: Frankenstein/ Alan
ANSWER: He didn't have one.
NOTES: Victor Frankenstein, the creator, or re-animator, of the monster in Mary Shelley's Gothic novel of 1818 never gives his creation a name, nor did Mary. She referred to the monmster as "my hideous progeny" and he/it is only referred to in the book as 'monster', 'creature', 'daemon', and 'wretch'.
After the release of James Whale's popular 1931 film Frankenstein, the filmgoing public immediately began speaking of the monster itself as Frankenstein. A reference to this occurs in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and in several subsequent films in the series, as well as in film titles such as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
The Name 'Frankenstein'
Mary Shelley always maintained that she derived the name "Frankenstein" from a dream-vision, yet despite these public claims of originality, the name and what it means has been a source of many speculations. Literally, in German, the name Frankenstein means stone of the Franks. Frankenstein is the former name of a city in Silesia, and the historical home of the Frankenstein family.
More recently, Radu Florescu, in his In Search of Frankenstein, argued that Mary and Percy Shelley stayed at Castle Frankenstein on their way to Switzerland, near Darmstadt along the Rhine, where a notorious alchemist named Konrad Dippel had experimented with human bodies, but that Mary suppressed mentioning this visit, to maintain her public claim of originality. However, this theory is not without critics; Frankenstein expert Leonard Wolf calls it an "unconvincing...conspiracy theory" (Wolf, p.20)
Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, conducted the experiments in galvanism inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein.
The opening line of, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Goon Show, Series 8, Episode 18 is "Blast!".
Polidori's novel The Vampyre, published in 1819, was a product of the famous storytelling session in Switzerland that also gave birth to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
SOURCES: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley. (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/84)
PICTURES/ PROPS: Hammer Horror Frankenstein
POSSIBLE TOPIC/THEME: Death/ Darwin (Erasmus), Dracula
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