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ExhibitionBoundary Crossing / 1931: Blasted Hopes

In both the subtitle of her novel and through Frankenstein’s dying words, Mary Shelley suggests that the scientist’s misfortune did not arise from his Promethean ambition of creating life but from the mistreatment of his creation. Frankenstein’s failure to assume responsibility for the miserable wretch he fathered in his workshop is his real tragedy.

  • Man lying beneath a sheet in his death bed with plants on a table beside him.

    Johann Henrich Jung-Stilling

    Artist: G. Schmidt

    Courtesy National Library of Medicine