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Don’t Shy Away from Shelly

Frankenstein Book Cover
Woodland987, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Frankenstein Book Cover Woodland987, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Mary Shelley is known for the Gothic Science Fiction masterpiece “Frankenstein”. And yet, many people find it too old or the language too intimidating to read. This fearful impression of reading Frankenstein has prevented so many from the deep and methodical storytelling Shelly presents. As such, everyone should read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at least once in their lifetime. 

Mary Shelley presents a story of creation and death as the reader follows the life of Victor Frankenstein. Victor is an ambitious, well-intending scientist with a desire to understand life and death. As the reader follows the story, themes of humiliation of knowledge, the effect our actions have on others ( =could be referred to as the butterfly effect), and the ups and downs of ambition. Despite the age of this book, these themes are present and of importance in today’s society. We are at a peak of knowledge, in terms of our access to knowledge and the amount of growth that we have made over the past few years. Only 30 years ago, computers were not only rare but not nearly as technologically advanced as they are today with smartphones and tablets everywhere you look. Well, Victor Frankenstein did not invent the iPhone, nor did he improve the makings and the technology of computers, but his knowledge and discoveries lie more within the limits of nature. We as humans have a tendency to push nature. To grasp ambition. To further our knowledge as far as it can stretch. and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein explores this beautifully. From a young age, Victor had a fascination with nature. A Fascination that lights deep in who, what, where, and why the Earth is the way it is today and what laws make it so. The very same law that we are constantly pushing today. Ambition has only grown as we are able to make new scientific discoveries that have a worldwide impact. While Victor’s ambition is great and foolhardy at times, it makes him an easy character to read and relate to. Everyone, at one moment in time or the other, has had a desire for greatness, to make their mark on the world. Just as Victor had. 

Not only do the themes presented by Mary Shelley in Frankenstein become relevant when readers apply them to today, but the imagery and story created make for an entertaining read. The story of Victor Frankenstein takes you through the Life and experiences of Victor as he experiences great Triumph and grief. The story puts you as a spectator in the life of Victor, as you see him deal with the creation of the creature, the death of loved ones and strangers alike, and the consequences of his actions. Mary Shelley describes Everything in such a detailed way that it is easy to put yourself in the courtroom with Justine and Victor. You can almost feel the terror of the village family as they discover the creature watching them. You can almost feel and see the dread of Victor as he realizes that all of the grief in trouble that he has ever gone through could have been avoided if he had just respected the laws of nature. As a reader, you, yourself go through emotions as you watch characters grow from hateable to loveable. Readers become attached to characters without even realizing it. Mary Shelley never fails to make you want to read more, keeping readers enticed. The emotional experience that Mary Shelley brings alone, is enough of a reason to read Frankenstein. 

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Caroline Martin, News Reporter
Driven, intelligent, passionate, and artistic are only a few words to describe Caroline Martin, a senior at Agua Fria High School and a News Reporter as part of the Owl Newsfeed Staff. Caroline is  17 years old, born November 15th, 2005. She has been attending Agua Fria all four years. Her favorite memories made at Agua Fria have been from being around teachers and peers as well as having a great homecoming week. Caroline has a lot of gratitude for Mr.Martin because he was her AP World  History  Teacher sophomore year. She is close with him, and the table group she was placed with. Caroline was able to confide in  Mr.Martin considering he is also her badminton coach. Caroline mentioned overall he has improved her high school experience. Speaking of Badminton; Caroline is in the first year on the exhibition team. She exclaimed that so far her favorite thing about being on the team is seeing her friend's excitement and how well they are doing. Caroline mentioned how proud she is of them. Before joining badminton,  Martin contributed heavily to the theater program at Agua Fria from freshman through Junior year. Caroline has been in multiple plays. Freshman year she played in  “Please Excuse My Zombies ” as the main character Casandra Casandra  Sophomore year she played “Little Shop of Horrors” as Miss Mushnik. Most recently she played  in “Almost Maine”  Junior year as the character Glory.  Last year she was going to play  Sandy from “Greece”  but this was canceled a week before opening night. One difficult thing about theater Caroline mentioned was that there is a great deal to remember. Various different roles play a part. A lot of behind-the-scenes things go into theater and that can cause some reluctance in students that did not entirely know what they were signing up for. Caroline ended up having to choose between badminton and theater regarding which one she wanted to pursue in her final year of high school. She mentioned that the difficulty in choosing was rather mild. In the process of figuring out who she is, the decision was made. She figured trying out a new sport would help with that. Her friends involvement also played a part in her decision, as they encouraged her to join. Though Caroline has been going to Agua Fria all four years she hasn't always lived here in Arizona. She was born here, moved to  New Mexico, then came back to Arizona. After that, she moved to Mississippi, Tennessee then finally back to Arizona. Caroline explained the reason she moved around so much was because her parents married rather young. They traveled a lot due to college and then job-oriented travel. Mostly moving around supporting the families' education, that includes Caroline and her younger brothers. Caroline has great memories of Mississippi when she was an only child, specifically memories of Christmas.  Martin's academic goal for herself is to remain well-prepared and do all that she can. Both of her parents have been employed in the education field, so education is very valuable in her family culture. When she was much younger her passions differed a little from what she likes now. Caroline loved princesses and when she was younger she had a cousin so she participated in (what?) that but didn't excel. So she ended up branching out and trying new things. What Martin wants to do fluctuates depending on what she is learning at the time or what intrigues her. Right now she'd like to know more, she says “before she settles down”. When questioned about how Caroline handles stress she mentioned that she tries to vent whether it's out loud, to herself. She also paints when she is tense. Her family handles stress differently. She exclaimed that they each have diverse personalities, they all have different creative outlets to deal with things, and they all find a way to regroup thoughts and emotions to limit stress. When asked what advice she has for underclassmen as a senior Caroline passionately responded “High school is only as scary as you make it.. those moments and activities, those are gonna be the highlights if you make them”.Martin is excited about graduation she says “The older you get the more ready you feel..but it also feels so short at the same time” There are some peers here at Agua Fria she's had classes with since middle school. Caroline is such an exceptional and well-rounded part of our Agua Fria Owl Newsfeed staff and our school community.

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