The Birth of a Nightmare
‘infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet’
For 200 years, the story of Frankenstein has captured our imaginations. Frankenstein is more than just a story about the creation of a ‘monster’ or a ‘creature’; it is a story that can be interpreted in many ways. From the idea of conception, to a mirroring of parts of Mary Shelley’s life, to discussions of scientific discovery at the time, Frankenstein has been at the forefront of debates of radical thinking, scientific advancements and public perception since it was first created.
Mary Shelley anonymously published a novel entitled Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus on 1 January 1818. Declared as the beginning of the science fiction genre by many, the story has sparked countless adaptations – including musicals, countless movies, television shows and various plays and stage adaptations.