Set largely in the haunting Alps of mid-nineteenth century Europe, auther Mary Shelley brings to life a gothic tale of horror and humanity. In Frankenstein, Shelley chronicles the story of a young physician obsessed with the reanimation of human life. Driven to the brink of insanity in this quest, young Frankenstein fails to give thought to the moral or ethical implicaions of his actions and when the deed is done finds himself repulsed by the obscenity he has wrought. Abandoned by its "father", the nameless creature is hardened - twisted - by a world in which it has no place. Laying the blame for its blashemous existence on Frankenstein himself, the beast ultimately finds purpose in the calculated destruction of his creator. Written in 1816, this now classic tale examines the isolation of its two protagonists - creator and creature. Through the intertwined lives of these two characters it profoundly examines human emotions of rejection, isolation and suffering while simultaneously contemplating man's role within the larger scheme of creation.