Northrope Frye: “a precursor of the existential thriller”
**Quarterly Review: Frankenstein **“inculcates no lesson of conduct, manners or morality….it fatigues the feelings without interesting the understanding; it gratuitously harasses the heart and only adds to the store, already too great, of painful sensation….
The reader is left after a struggle between laughter and loathing, in doubt whether the head or the heart of the author is the most diseased”.
While most of the novel is credible enough, there are several instances which stretch its plausibility. In particular the Monster’s vocabulary is just a bit too enriched or articulate for someone who has only existed a few years and whose only learning is observing a rustic family and reading a few books.