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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Misery

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

1818

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2017-07-05

'"I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my arch-enemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred. Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth. What I ask of you is reasonable and moderate; I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself; the gratification is small, but it is all that I can receive, and it shall content me."' - Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley

You know what, Mr. Monster, I'm seeing a lot of negativity in your attitude. Yes, yes, you're a reanimated corps and all, but what attracts or repels people is confidence. You've got to learn to love yourself before you can expect others to love you, and until that happens you have to take some responsibility for yourself. A girlfriend is not going to magically fix your unpleasant moods, and neither am I. You can't go around blaming others and being mopey. You need to work on self-improvement.

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Frankenstein: Chapter 21: Monster Achieves a Position in Middle Management