Now to my point. This morning, as I was reading up on the long afterlife of the novel while preparing for tomorrow's class, I discovered that John Tenniel, the gentleman who so famously illustrated Carroll's Alice books, repeatedly drew upon Frankenstein to critique current state affairs in his political cartoons.
|"The Russian Frankenstein and His Monster" (Punch 1854), depicting Russia as a war machine |
bent on the destruction of British men.
|"The Brummagem Frankenstein" (1866), drawn to protest the decision to give the lower classes voting rights. Here, Tenniel draws a brute, bearded, working-class Birmingham rough as the rebellious creation of an "ill-advised" politician.|
The second, a more poignant, and painful, observation: "the survivors are the greatest sufferers, and for them time is the only consolation" (Volume I, Chapter VI). How true this is. At the heart of Frankenstein is an acute "rage at the dying of the light," the anger that all that we hold dear could slip into the arms of the grave at any moment. The Frankenstein metaphor was used aptly, and oh so terribly, thus in last season's American Horror Story. And if you haven't jumped on that show's train yet, you are really missing out (the new season starts in a few short weeks).
Until next time, Adieu. ~Alice