What would have happened if Victor Frankenstein heeded the wishes of the monster he created, and crafted him a female companion? We asked this question while discussing Frankenstein towards the beginning of the semester. I would like to answer this “what if” scenario, but not in a typical essay. I wish to explore this question in a creative and in-depth short story through the point of view of the female monster that Frankenstein creates.
I am a writing major, and so I believe that I can express my ideas and knowledge about a subject best through a creative narrative. I plan on making the story at least eight pages, but it will probably go up to about 15 or so pages, considering that there is much more spacing involved in a story than in a conventional essay.
This will not be a shallow narrative. I plan on addressing many issues within the frame of my story. For instance, what if the female monster was not only created by Frankenstein, but also soon grew more powerful than the original male monster? What if the pair of them overthrew Frankenstein, and murdered him, and killed off the rest of the human race as well? This would give me the room to explore what the world would be like if a woman were in power. Perhaps, being the stereotypical “gentler” sex, she would attempt to create a more peaceful world with less fighting and more cooperation. I would explore how that approach would turn out if the monsters started their world like that. For this reason, I plan on writing the story in a first person-narrative from the female monster’s perspective.
If a female were to run the society, then what type of society would it be? If I were to go with the idea that the female monster was going to be more tame and gentle than the stereotypical male, then I highly doubt it would be a capitalist society. I believe it would turn out to be more like a socialist society, with all of the monsters partaking in running the government. Through my story, you will be able to see how this turns out, and whether it is a successful plan or not. I will incorporate some of Marcuse’s ideas, such as when he writes, “True, there is a ‘first phase’ of socialist construction during which the new society is ‘still stamped with the birthmarks of the old society from whose womb it emerges,’ but the qualitative change from the old to the new society occurred when this phase began” (Marcuse 41). Thus, I will also carefully choose which items and concepts from the past world with the humans the monsters bring over to their new life, and which they choose to leave behind. This will be an important decision that really marks their new life as a new society, and may even determine its success.
That being said, another concept that I wish to bring over from Marcuse is his encouragement of an “anti-consumerism” society. The monsters in my story will not have any unnecessary amenities, after all, they are only monsters. This will give them more time to focus on their aesthetic interests. With a tremendous amount of time dedicated to things like art and beauty, their world will turn out much different from ours. So, how will their lives turn out when it is run by two monsters and their offspring, with the female as the leader, where they value cooperation and aesthetic beauty? I guess you will just have to read to find out.
I am also considering supplementing my story with a “mini-essay” of sorts explaining the deeper concepts within my short story to highlight exactly how their world is an interpretation on our world. In a way, it would be a self-analysis essay, describing the way in which I wish my story to be read, but I would like your opinion as to whether or not this is a good idea.