Barbara Johnson utilizes a clearly feministic method of writing and thinking in her penning of the article “My Monster/My Self”. She links Victor’s creation of his monster to Mary’s creation of her novel and then proceeds to compare Victor’s abandonment of his monster to post partum depression. This article reminded me of a poem by Philip Larkin that I read in a creative writing class. It was called “This be the Verse” and iterates that all parents mess up their children whether they mean to or not. Johnson states, “there is inherently monstrous about the prevailing parental arrangements”. Johnson argues that Victor and his creation become parallel to one another because, even though, Victor was raised by two loving parents and the monster was abandoned at birth each “reach an equal degree of alienation and self-torture.” Although, I don’t necessarily agree with this statement, I do see the point Johnson intends to make and can understand how she came to that conclusion.
‘This be the verse’
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.