Point of View

In Frankenstein by Dave Morris, the story plot is still the same as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, but it has different approaches and point of view from the original work. These points of view change the story entirely, since the readers are now reading it through different speaker as if they are the characters themselves. Although it is interesting to read a story in different point of view, it is sometimes confusing and I wish it could just be written in single point of view throughout the story.

In part one, the second person point of view gives readers a sense of companionship with Frankenstein. Readers are helping Frankenstein deciding what to get for the body structures, and I feel like I am one of the creators, which is interesting.

However in part two, it shifts to first person point of view, and readers are now the monsters. This, similar to part one, gives reader a sense of involvement in the story, but in a different approach. Although it is great that Morris is trying different approach to narrate the story, I was sometimes confused of what I am in the story. Also, I find myself still standing on the human part, believing human nature is kind and feeling disturbed when the monster/I kill Williams.

The point of view in the rest of the story is all first person, but the readers are going from Victor’s point of view instead of the monster’s. It really is confusing in the beginning of part three, because I don’t know if I am Victor’s companion or Victor himself. Every time I start on a new chapter or part, I have to question myself whether or not I am on the right point of view this time. I just have to put in extra effort to clarify the story.

Also, the options are mostly in second person point of view asking what “you” want, and I will just have to stop for a while and think about who I really am at this point. Therefore, even though it is interesting the author writes in different approaches and provides many options, I just want the story to be in the same point of view.

8 comments
  1. I also had trouble figuring out who I was supposed be throughout the story. It was definitely confusing that the app did not give enough of an indication that the reader switches roles at the beginning of part two. I thought it was weird that the reader only shifts characters for one part instead of multiple parts of the story. Changing the role of a reader was an interesting idea but I don’t think it was an effective way to represent the story.

  2. I personally didn’t like reading from different points of view. I like having a set point of view throughout the story. Sometimes, with different points of view, my own point of view on each of the characters change. While this could be a good thing in some cases, in this story i just found it confusing.

  3. I, too, was confused by the switch in point-of-view. Although it is nice that Morris tried to switch up Shelley’s work when re-writing the story, he made it more confusing. As the reader, we end up hovering between character in the story and simply a reader. And if that isn’t confusing enough, as a character, the reader switches from a companion of Victor’s and the monster. I found this extremely confusing and made the story more complicated.

  4. I completely agree with the post and the comments. The switching of point of views was a little confusing. However, I liked the switch of voices and point of view within Mary Shelly’s version of the narrative. I liked the fact that the story was being told from several different point of views. It made for a much more exciting and engaging story. I think that Dave Morris wanted to do something similar, but in his own way and to a degree I think he was successful. Once I was able to figure out who I was in the narrative, either the monster or a bystander, etc. I was able to enjoy being in that point of view.

  5. I agree with the blog post. This constant change of point of views is confusing. The app provides a different experience and is enjoyable in that sense. I think Dave Morris was trying to make the reader contemplate the way in which Shelley makes the reader go through different layers of stories being told to different people.

  6. I agree with your point as well. Unlike Shelly’s Frankenstein, the application changed point of views without much caution. While some chapters revealed who one was, there were many chapters where one did not know who one was supposed to be. Not only that, but the fact of not knowing the point of view made it confusing, unable to know if one was the character or an interactive character.

  7. I definitely agree with you. The changes in the point of view made the story confusing and hard to follow. I think that Dave Morris was trying to make the reader feel more engaged but this just made the reader even more confused and in a sense placed them out of the story as he or she had to go back at think about what was occurring.

  8. I’m just going to jump on this comment bandwagon and say that I completely agree with your post. The switch in point of view was incredibly confusing throughout the story. I am a firm believer personally of first person, but I also can deal with third person. The second person narrative in the Monster part felt unsettling, especially when “you” are forced to kill an innocent child. Even in the first part alone, it wasn’t clear who you were. First you’re tossing heads with Frankenstein, being a part of the story, and then Henri arrives and it’s as if you’ve disappeared and are an omniscient narrator. Very confusing indeed.

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