August 20th, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

Essay for F&

"No one is an unjust villain in his own mind. ... We're all the hero of our own story." - Jim Butcher, author.

Frankenstein the novel supports this statement in how it's presented. At various times in the book the monster, his creator, and the polar explorer all give a declaration of their view of what happened in the narrative, though the monster's point-of-view is each time filtered by being reported by the other two characters. Each one expounds on how he is only doing what he must. It seems to me that much of the book is spent in each character explaining the choices they made.

The captain of the ship trapped in the ice sends letters to his beloved in which he spells out what he intends to do, and why. He goes on about this completely ignoring, or oblivious to, the ramifications of his enterprise on his darling. It's only after hearing Frankenstein out, and a lucky break in the ice, that changes his mind about continuing to the Pole at all costs, especially as he's already lost several of his crew.

Frankenstein, as revealed in his soliloquy, tells a tale of woe caused by his own choices, which at every step he had made in what he thought was the best intentions. Create life? What an achievement! He chooses to pursue it ignoring all else in his life, to the point of collapse from nervous exhaustion. It is his hubris that leads to his own destruction, and those around him who he values.

Frankenstein's monster tries to join society, but as he is abandoned by his creator he is taught fear and violence by those he meets. Therefore, it is always someone else's fault that he slays so many people. For example, Frankenstein's brother dies because of his kinship, and for no other good reason.
Dead Dog Cat

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We open yesterday with a brunch at Farmer Boy's to keep the specter of starvation from sullying the day.

Then we go to the local B&N to see if we can find a specific book for my wife. They didn't have it at Montclair, but the Chino Hills one did, and they put it on hold for me.

However, I had to go to the office for a class on our new electronic medical records system that's expected to come online in the next few weeks, and that ate up the afternoon.

Once finished, home. I then took my wife to Chino Hills so we could get her book for her. Once the purchase was completed, we had dinner at Panera, which was satisfying.

Back home, I had an essay to write, and I did so; meanwhile my wife watched Black Swan on Netflix disc. Excellent acting, not quite so excellent scripting, IMHO. We followed this by streaming Forks Over Knives, which documentary had prompted friends of ours to become Vegan. Since this piece of work cherry picks data, and doesn't give a balanced report, showing both sides of the argument, we remain unconvinced. However, I will say that we eat lots of vegetables straight out of the garden that my beloved wife tends, and aside from being delicious, we know that they are nutritious. I also will acknowledge that I've massively cut down on red meat intake, and largely replaced it with fish and fowl, but that's not what the film advocates.

Nursing homes tonight after a day at the office; I will be late getting home.