3371 Ellengale Drive

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the grass wasn’t mowed
but flowers did grow
at that little house on Ellengale Drive

the old green gate creaked
the garden hose leaked
at that little house on Ellengale Drive

where lessons were learned
the old stove top burned
a sand box, a play pen
the brick covered grey den
an open garage door
a brown and white tile floor
at that little house on Ellengale Drive

At that little house on Ellengale Drive.

A Chocolate Love Story

She sat on a brown leather stool. It was smooth and firm, yet slightly worn. In front of her, and beside the shining candle light, was a pot of creamy chocolate. Dark and thick. Warm and rich.

A bowl filled with berries was placed beside the flickering flame. It would soon befriend the luscious chocolate. She slowly immersed a strawberry into the deep pot. As she pulled it up beads of chocolate strayed from the fruit, retracting themselves back to the warm pool in quick, thin lines.

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She placed the berry into her mouth. Her taste buds welcomed the warm, rich cocoa. As she bit into the succulent fruit a sweet juice extracted. The ripened fruit and creamy chocolate danced in her mouth to a delicate melody.

She repeated this process over, and over again until the two bowls were nothing but the remnants of what had become a chocolate love story.

*inspired by the delicious chocolate at Max Brenner, New York City 

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What Are You?

There is the good and the bad, the angels and the devils. There are the rights and the wrongs, the saints and the sinners. Who are you? Who do you want to be? These questions and the answers that go along with them might surprise us. Perhaps the answers to these questions have their own little home, deep within our subconscious, or they may change over time with the onset of incident and experience.

Whatever label, “good” or “bad” that you define yourself by, at the end of the day it is truly difficult to answer any question without a frame of reference. When first asked: “Would you kill?” it is a general human reflex to respond with an utterly horrified “NO!” But really, would you? What if the stakes were so high, and a death was inevitable, and it came down to you and the gunman? What if it came down to the gunman and your mother, your girlfriend, or your child? Would it be a questions then? With your finger on the trigger or your hand grasped tightly around a knife, could you and would you do it? Are you a Lion or a Lamb?

To many, to kill is the worst that one can do. However, some could argue that the difference between the truth and a lie could be just as destructive and detrimental as deliberate death. Would you lie? We prize ourselves as humans to be whole, and honest people, but the truth about truth is that it is tainted. So you call yourself and honest person, but what if the truth was a matter of life or death? What if telling a lie could potentially save its recipient from heartache, pain, or loss? Would you lie to protect or to stop something damaging from happening? Are you an Angel or a Serpent?

Angel/ Lion

Ask yourself this: What in this world, is the absolute and utterly horrifying, most terrible thing a human can do? And then, ask yourself, under an equally horribly terrible situation, would you do it?

Questions like this test our character. They open our eyes to the thoughts we hold in our minds, and help us to evaluate the morality of humanity. It is interesting to know who we are, or who we think we might be. It can be frightening, surprising, or reassuring, but the the thing is that you’ll never really know. So, until a situation arises where you are forced to choose between one or the other, I ask you to sit and ponder… What are you?

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The Handmaiden’s Mayday

An Eye

The rules are relatively simple:
1: Keep your identity, opinions, and motives to yourself
2: By day, vigilantly watch your opponents. By night, be hopeful for your future
3: Whoever you are, don’t get caught

Each player has the potential to be one of three things:
– An Eye (A spy whose job it is to get rid of the Rebels)
– A Rebel (The non-conformists whose goal is to free the Handmaid’s to Canada)
– A Handmaid (Helpless victims of a new society)

If you are an Eye, your goal is to catch every Rebel before they free the Handmaids to Canada. However, if you, by some chance wrongfully accuse a Handmaid of being a Rebel, both you and the Handmaid are dead.

If you are a Rebel, your goal is to release the Handmaid’s to Canada. By day it is your job to scout out who those Handmaids are, because if by night you mistakingly try to free an Eye, you will be caught and sentenced to death.

And finally, the goal of the Handmaid is reasonably easy. Be Freed. However, once a Handmaid is chosen to be freed, he or she has the option of becoming a Rebel. By joining the “dark side” he or she now has the option of freeing his other fellow handmaids, so long as he does not get caught by an Eye.

I myself, was an Eye. Although my position was not as disadvantageous as that of a Rebel, or as optimistic as a Handmaid, it still wasn’t easy. Though I did not have the option of being “caught” I did have the potential to “catch” the wrong person. With the ratio of Rebels to Handmaids far from equal, and even so, changing all the time, selecting who to call out as a Rebel took concentration, stealth, observance, and lots and lots of hope.

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The Process of Getting In: Steps 6-10

The continuation of The Process of Getting In (for dancers): Steps 1-5 

As the last chills of winter nip at our nose we open our eyes to a full and exciting New Year. The time has come to place the harvest of the holidays behind us and welcome in the laundry list of resolutions, reforms, and responsibilities. With your applications signed, sealed, and sent off, as a high school senior you are set to embark on your final semester of high school. However, before this chapter of your life comes to a close it would be best to tie up any loose ends you have left astray. By following these final five steps you will welcome in a stress free spring forward and before you know it will be moving that tassel to the other side.

Step 6: The Interview  
While there are simply not enough recruiters, admissions officers, and alumni to grant every applicant an interview, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. You never know who or where you might meet someone that can be the key ingredient to furthering your future. To begin, let us start with dress: Coco Chanel once wrote, “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little- If only out of pointlessness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” So ladies, and gentlemen, as cliche as it may sound always dress for success. As tempting as it may be to go to school in sport shorts and your bed t-shirt the world is full of spontaneity and serendipity and you never know if opportunity is right around the corner. Now, while the tips in step 6 may seem commonplace, it isn’t a bad idea to treat everyday like an interview. In our day and age, where success is a hard thing to secure, simple graces can go a long way. If you are lucky enough to secure a scheduled interview with your college of choice, the following will surely apply.

Part A: Attire. As stated above, dress for success. Unlike the spontaneous situation previously mentioned, if you know that a college interview is on your agenda for the day, prepare yourself in every way you can. For the ladies a cute, but classy, dress is never a bad idea. Make sure it is an appropriate length and always bring a jacket or cardigan to drape over your shoulders. Wear sensible shoes and make sure your hair is neat and in place. For the gentlemen, the same applies. It is true what they say about first impressions, and a properly groomed guy is a rarity today. Comb your hair, and wear a collared shirt. Regardless of the weather, shorts are not acceptable leg wear. While a three piece suit might be over top, one can never go wrong with trousers to slacks. A pair of jeans can be deemed acceptable so long as they are dark wash and properly tailored. While it is important to stay true to who you are, stepping outside of your comfort zone might be just what you need to make a lasting impression. Whatever you wear, keep in mind that you’re still young. Have fun with colours and prints, just do your best to keep it classy and professional.

Part B: Questions. Although some recruiters will have a set list of questions to ask you, most of the time the college interview is a chance for you as an applicant to ask any remaining questions you may have about the school. Interviewers accept your interview as an additional supplement to your application. It is a way for them to get to know you off paper, and in person, so being eloquent and educated is important. Having a list of specific questions for the interviewer will surely leave a lasting impression. On the days before the interview, spend some time reviewing the school’s website. Research the details of the programs that interest you. While some general questions are okay, it is important that your questions can not be easily found on their website. By asking broad, yet tactile questions like: “What are some internship opportunities available to students in {your specific major}?” “Would I as a {major} be able to study abroad? What programs do you recommend?” or “Tell me about some of the clubs and organizations open to freshman.” By asking simple questions like this, you show that you are informed but also interested in furthering your knowledge of their program. As a dancer, another good question to ask is whether it is possible for you to double major and/ or minor in an additional program of interest. While many schools allow it, the dance program in some schools can be so rigorous that there just isn’t enough time. Whenever the interviewer is speaking, be attentive and interested. Don’t interrupt, and be sure to make an acceptable amount of eye contact.

Part C: Necessities. Along with your well put together outfit, it is always sensible to pack a sac that can save your day. Having a notebook and pen is very helpful. Jot down key points and answers to your questions as the interview goes on. This will show the interviewer that you are organized. However, be mindful of your notes, doodling mindlessly will leave an impression that is a dud. Have a bottle of water and a few mints to freshen your breath. You will be talking a lot during the interview so it is more than acceptable to take a sip during the process, just be sure to drink daintily. Have an ICE pack of kleenex in your bag, some lipgloss or chapstick, and a small mirror. Before you go in, freshen your breath, smooth out your lips, and check your teeth for any technicalities. Prior to entering the room, make sure your phone is silenced- out of sight, out of mind. In the case that you have a very sick elder in the hospital, or your sister is about to give birth, discretely inform your interviewer of the situation and put your phone on vibrate. However, even in this rare circumstance, your phone should not be visible, place it in your bag and don’t let it distract you.

Part D: Thank You, Come Again. Whether your interview was a rousing success or an epic failure a sincere thank you can go a long way. Of course it is common sense to thank your interviewer at the end of your interview, but sending a note post questioning is sure to leave a lasting impression. Every aspiring lady, and gentleman, should always have a stack of stylish but sensible notecards on hand. Snail mail is a dying art form, so even if you think your interview sent your acceptance astray a hand written thank you note can very quickly move your “maybe” into the “future students” pile. Etiquette is easy, it is just up to you to decide whether your time will allow it.

Step 7: Financial Aid and Scholarship
The students of today have so many pressures put on them. Unlike our parents and grandparents, our goal is not only to get into college, but to get into the right college. And, even after applications have been sent, reviewed, and accepted celebration is still far into the future. Because a college education is almost a mandatory component for future success, the competition to get into the “right school” is high, and with the rise in competition comes a skyrocketing price tag. Each school is different, but the process is virtually the same. Many schools in the United States accept FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), but deadlines differ. Check on each school’s website, or speak with an admissions officer to find out the exact details of their financial aid package. Prior to applying it is important to figure out whether your school is need based, merit based, or simply rewards scholarships. Once you have come to understand the institutions financial situation, you can begin searching for outside funds. Nowadays, people can get a scholarship for virtually anything. If you’re short, or tall, blonde or brunette, there will always be someone offering you a financial incentive. There is no harm in applying. So, as tedious as the process may be, fill out those applications and you can only be rewarded.

Step 8: Straying Away from Senioritis 
As spring semester comes rolling in, many seniors are subject to senioritis. Symptoms and side effects include:

skipping class
stopping work
sleeping in
showing up in sweats

If this is you on a regular day, then congratulations on even making it to senior year. However, if you see any of these symptoms arising and they are not apart of your daily routine, take a look at yourself in the mirror and remember that no one makes it to the finish line by stopping dead in their tracks. Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you’ve already made it to the other side. School still matters. Stay focused and attentive in all your classes, study for exams, and properly complete your projects. After all, although high school might be coming to an end, in just a few months you’ll be entering the courtyards of college and your workload will do anything but dwindle. Take advantage of your last few months of schooling security, and pay your respects to the teachers who helped you get to where you are going next. Savor all that you can, and graduate with a gold star.

Step 9: Waiting It Out
The only thing more daunting than applying to college is waiting to get accepted. When the New Year rings in and you’ve completed your applications, the only thing left to do is wait. So, as horrible as these first few months of the year may seem, trust in the fact that you have done all that you can. As previously mentioned, stay abreast of the goings on at school, but also take some time for family, friends, and yourself. Unless you’ve applied early decision, there is really no point in refreshing your inbox every five seconds during the final days of winter. Rather then balling yourself up in the corner and pulling your hair out, get up, get dressed, and go out. These last few months could very well become your most cherished memories, so embrace them. As hard as it may be, once acceptance season begins do your best to maintain a modicum of composure. Congratulate friends that have found out, your time will come too. Be delicate to those who are disappointed, but don’t allow yourself to settle in their slump. If you happen to be with the first batch of acceptances, gloat with grace. There is no reason to hide the good news, but also keep in mind that many of your peers are still anxiously awaiting the news.

Step 10: Celebrate
Once acceptances start coming your way, the clouds will clear and you will welcome in the next chapter of your life. The only thing left to do is decide. Wether the choice is clear, or you are still feeling out a few, take solace in the knowledge that the choice is ultimately yours. After the pro and con lists have been delineated, a decision has been made, and a down payment paid, it is finally time to pull up a seat, relax your feet, and celebrate. Whether you’re going to the college of your dreams, or taking an alternative route, you’ve made it through high school and the rest of your life is right in front of you. Let go and dance your heart out at prom, throw up your cap at graduation, and savor every moment you can by making each second a blissful memory.

So, there you have it. As your high school career comes to a close, so do the steps of getting into college. The best knowledge you can take with you from high school might not be the pythagorean theorem or the literary elements of literature, but the lessons of life and etiquette. A few more tips to take with you include:

Guide With Grace. Truly successful people not only are good at what they do, but also do good with what they have.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Life is full of pressures and obstacles that might get you down. However, by taking a step outside and remembering where it is you want to end up will always help to get your head back in the game.

Stay True to Who You Are. No matter where life’s path may lead you, or what journey’s you might embark on in the future, remember that you can always come home. High School seems to be the place you love to hate, but will quickly turn into the place you miss the most (or at least that’s what Paramount Pictures has led us to believe). Stay true to who you are, and you will be invincible.

I would also like to give a final shout out to my Graduating Class of 2013! We’re almost there! Embrace these last few months because we have nothing but bright lights and crazy adventures ahead of us. And now, as we turn our tassel to the other side we look onto the class of 2014… follow these steps, and you’re bound for success. Here is to all of us!

*This article has been published in the Dance Council of North Texas Magazine, Feb-Apr 2013.

Goodbye Gossip Girl

For six years we watched as many a scandalous affair took place right in front of our eyes. We tuned in to be tampered with by characters equally as rich as they were enriching. We fell in love with a city that at one point was only a place on a map. We were summoned in by the sumptuous glow of a world unknown, seduced by its splendor. Advertisements went on to call it “every parents nightmare,” “a nasty piece of work,” and it was exactly that which kept us riveted, watching week after week. Now, a little over a month has passed since we bid farewell to our friends on the Upper East Side, and as any dedicated fan would, it only seems right to pay tribute to a world that captivated and coerced the minds and realities of many.

theme On September 19th, 2007 the first blast was sent: “Spotted at Grand Central, bags in hand: Serena Van der Woodsen,” and, with just those words an international phenomenon was in the works. Gossip Girl. Both the shows title and leading lady, Gossip Girl was adapted from the best selling book series by Cecily von Ziegesar, and detailed the lives of New York Cities most privileged families. Since its early days the show was criticized for portraying an unrealistic image of teenagers, wealth, and scandal. However upscale dining and designer clothes soon played a merely pedestrian role in what has since become one of the most glamorous shows on television.

The 90’s had Beverly Hills 90201 and Sex in the City, but Gossip Girl put both those shows to shame by flaunting its stretch limos and cleavage bearing couture. It prized itself on witty but wicked sexual innuendos, seized any situation with a scheme, and allowed girls to fall asleep “thinking about guys named Louboutin and Laurent.” 

The cast began with five shy starlets and a city said to never sleep. However, in just six years those same stars have come to be some of hollywoods most coveted celebrities, and New York City was shown to sparkle in a way only described by Gatsby.

B and SSerena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively): It Girl. She began her story by coming back to a world she ran away from. She lived her life in the spotlight and after weeding her way through artists, congressmen, professors, and businessmen, finally found herself  in a place she always belonged and in the arms of someone who became an icon in her world.

Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester): Queen B. She started her days on the steps at the MET and lived up to her name by leading her legacy in fashion. More graceful then Grace Kelly, more manipulative then Mussolini, she managed to not only fall into a fairytale romance, but also aged bonafide, beautiful, and bubbly like her favourite bottle of Dom.

C and NNate Archibald (Chase Crawford): Golden Boy. Although his road was rough, he came out on the other side an even more honest and honorable man then he started. Although he dabbled with damsels in distress he never failed to remain kind and loyal to those he loved.

Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick): Playboy. Bass’s little black book was not limited to domestic dames, but rather held its stature in numerous international affairs. However, after his Bottega’s were buffed and shined and his Brioni suit tailored, the Upper East Side’s notorious bad boy took a bet on love and not only landed a lady, but was also rewarded with an empire to oversee.

DanAnd finally, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley): Lonely Boy. A Brooklyn nobody, turned Upper East Side literary legend, Dan Humphrey was truly the ultimate insider. A secret he swore he would never tell, finally came out in the end and with it the responsibility of a world he only ever wrote about.

Over the course of six seasons these characters developed into personas that so many girls and boys emulate today. An untouchable glamour was placed around their heightened reality, and the identity of a world filled with sex, secrets, and scandal was unearthed. The Upper East Side gave its audience something to aspire to. A society people longed to be accepted into, but could never fully understand. As the series came to a close and the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed so was the shield of impenetrable perfection which covered Manhattan’s elite. “The Upper East Side was like something from Fitzgerald or Thackeray – teenagers acting like adults, adults acting like teenagers, guarding secrets, spreading gossip all with the trappings of truly opulent wealth. And membership into this community was so elite you couldn’t even buy your way in. It was a birthright – a birthright that I didn’t have. And my greatest achievements would never earn it. All I had to compare it to was what I read in books.”

Cast GG“You’re nobody until you’re talked about,” and the stories, schemes, and scandals of this show kept viewers talking for years. Gossip Girl taught us lessons of love “if two people are meant to be together, eventually they’ll find their way back.” Lessons of lust “the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.”  Lessons of luxury “whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.” Lessons on limits “and no matter how long you try to be good, you can’t keep a bad girl down,” and lessons on legacy “people like me don’t write books, they’re written about.” But most of all she taught us that “Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are. And where you wanna be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself.” Gossip Girl inspired and influenced a generation. It is an icon of 21st Century television and will be known for not only pushing the limits but also for creating a world for its audience to escape to. Saying “Goodbye” to Gossip Girl means the end of an era for many. But “every happy ending is just a new beginning. Because on the Upper East Side, the good times never lasts forever.”

XOXO, Gossip Girl

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Sonnet

xoxo

There once was a boy from the Upper East Side
He was raised in an Empire, had a stature to hold
With purpose he walked, confidence in his stride
His pockets quite deep, his suits rather bold

There once was a girl from a few blocks away
The queen of the island with minions a plenty
The steps at the MET is where her legacy lay
She schemed more than breathed, payback never came gently

When the two would join forces, no one stood a chance
Manhattan was small, full of lovers and friends
The non- judging breakfast club, a wicked romance
Outsiders were banished, no chance for amends

And with parties and trust funds, their lives wouldn’t unfurl
Until she came along… XOXO, Gossip Girl

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Shakespeare and the Upper East Side

The CW hit T.V. series Gossip Girl (which will sadly be coming to a close on Monday, December 17th…shed a tear and stay tuned for a GG blog post next week) centers itself on three things: sex, style, and most importantly, power. Now, some may say that good things come to those who wait, however the past six years have taught us that on the Upper East Side, waiting is not an option.

Whether it’s Blair Waldorf, classy yet conniving, in her sky high Louboutin’s, or Chuck Bass, crude and clad in his Brioni suit, power is graced only upon those gruesome enough to grab it. Queen B didn’t get her title for being beautiful, bright, or bubbly. Oh no, Blair Waldorf, the queen of scheme, earned her reputation through dirty deeds and backdoor deals, and although many tried, everyone failed when their positive personalities and good hearted goals were put up against secretive seductress, Queen B. The classic tale states that the pen is mightier than the sword, but on the Upper East Side it’s a blog blast that’s mightier than a bomb, and even with their closets full of Barney’s, Bendel’s, Bergdorf’s and Birkins, everyone knows that power itself is the most coveted accessory.

Gossip GirlThe gossiping guru herself said it best: “On the Upper East Side, the rules of battle are simple: there are no rules,” and, as in Gossip Girl, the same holds true in The Tempest by William Shakespeare. In our society today, as in the societies of the past, it has been taught to us that hard work and honesty is what will get to you to the top. However, the unspoken rule as portrayed in Act Two of the The Tempest is that it is not always truth and skill that gives you power, but rather the ability to not let anything, or anyone stand in your way, regardless of the repercussions.

In Act Two, it is both Antonio and Stephano who showcase this knowledge of power and how ruthless one needs to be to obtain and then maintain it. Gossip Girl once said that “our most dangerous enemies are the ones we never knew we had” which in the case of Alonso, may very well be his own brother, Sebastian. Once all the men fall asleep, Antonio is left to conspire with and convince Sebastian to kill his own brother in order to gain power. Although Sebastian does not follow through with this plan, Antonio’s method of deceit to gain dominance demonstrated that he has what it takes to gain the ultimate control.

Similarly, Stephano exploits his power through manipulation and deceit. By inebriating the mind of another, Stephano can gain control more easily and with a lesser chance of having his subject question his motives. Although in a perfect world Sebastian, the one too loyal to kill his own brother for power, would be king, as is on the Upper East side power is given to those willing to use any means necessary.

After all……

Hell is Empty

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Power

Act 1, of the play The Tempest, by William Shakespeare utilizes “power” as a central theme. The play begins in the midst of a storm where the audience is introduced to many aristocrats and the boatswain, all of whom are aboard a ship. Act 1, Scene 1 discusses a power struggle between the Boatswain and the other gentlemen. Although in most circumstances the aristocrats would have authority over the boatswain, they find it difficult understand that in this situation, it is in fact the boatswain who holds the power. On land, Alonso, Antonio, and Gonzalo may be kings, however, at sea and on the ship, the boatswain is the King. Consequently, unlike the other men, he is trained and knowledgeable in steering the ship clear of the storm, and has the right to ask them to return to their rooms.miranda

Power continues to be a central theme in Act 1, Scene 2 when the audience is introduced to Prospero and his daughter Miranda. All through her youth, Miranda had not been told the true story of her mother and why it is she lives alone with her father. The scene begins with her worrying about the storm, which it is later discovered Prospero is behind. Prospero, although physically powerless himself, is still capable of controlling Ariel, his spirt servant, and forcing him to perform acts of magic on many of the characters.  Not only does Prospero demonstrate power over both Ariel and Miranda, but he utilizes his powers over Ferdinand, by restricting him from falling in love with Miranda too quickly.

The Death of a Monster

Henry David Thoreau once said that “all good things are wild and free.” In most circumstances, this testament can be proven true. If it weren’t so, women would not have made such a prevalent impact on our history, minority races would not have taken a stand in hopes of validating their rights, and the most radical people of all, those our society deem the most “wild,” artists, would not have created such interesting and innovative ways of seeing our world.

From the beginning of time art has been created and admired by those fortune enough to watch it, read it, hear it, or even make it. A muse inspires the artist, who then goes on to inspire the world. An artist is a radical thinker. Wild and free, released of any inhibitions that may stand in his or her way. Art is a science inexplicably methodical, yet far from formulaic. The artist creates his masterpiece by combining inherent knowledge, research, and randomness. The most provocative art is created when one goes into a project clear and exact, only to discover a more magnificent work being unearthed.

Thoreau was not wrong in saying good things are wild and free, however saying “all” things are such would seriously omit taking into consideration Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The debate begins with a simple question; Who, in the case of this novel, is the “monster?” Is it the creature who has been labeled as such, or is it his creator, the artist who went in clear and exact only to unearth something he labels a wretched sight. Victor Frankenstein was once wild and free. He became infatuated with science by reading the works of Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus. It is after he has quit Geneva and is attending university in Ingolstadt that Victor creates his “masterpiece,” only to be disappointed by its outcome. The result of his creation is one man maddened and a new creature, even more wild, set free.

The novel Frankenstein incorporates many different aspects of the human condition. The novel as a whole emphasizes the needs and desires of humans, while also venturing into the different levels of human ability. Frankenstein explains the magic of artistry in the human mind, while also noting its power of destruction. The novel as a whole details the beginning of the end for its main character, Victor Frankenstein. To do this, Shelley incorporates significant details and relationships within Victors life, that throughout the novel, diminish or disappear.

Although Shelley might have intended to have her readers focus on the downfall of Victor, her writing encourages her audience to sympathize with the monster as well. The character of the monster is described in a way that the audience can relate to. Sadness, abandonment, and the need for acceptance are feelings we has humans experience all the time. However, the human character, Victor, can be described as ruthless, wicked, and hostile, all traits we regard as taboo. So who is the real monster? Are we blind to the beauty of a creature who lay at his creators deathbed weeping, just because he might appear different from us? Or, are we so bewildered by an artist so wild and free, apt enough to create life on his own, that we we forget about his misdemeanors? In my opinion it is Victor who has done wrong. Therefore, at the end of the novel when the “monster” kneels beside his creator, Victors goal is complete. He, the real monster, is dead, no longer will he live on and continue his acts of destruction.

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