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by Mary Shelley

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How Tall Is Frankenstein?

I think that the question is more likely to refer to the size of the monster which Victor Frankenstein creates in Mary Shelly's novel, Frankenstein. The monster is described to be 8 feet in height with the rest of his body in proportion to this height.

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It is a common misconception to refer to the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as ‘Frankenstein’. However, this name actually refers to the novel’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, who creates the monster.

After days and nights of incredible labor and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. (Chapter 4)

Once Victor Frankenstein has achieved this knowledge, he sets about creating the creature, or monster. He decides to create it as a large creature so that it would be easier and quicker to work on all the small parts which would need to function effectively within a living creature. He feels confident enough with his knowledge to work on a creature as complex as a human, however, his enthusiasm is what causes him to desire to work at great speed. Had he perhaps attempted to create a child, the smaller body parts may have slowed down his progress.

As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature, that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large. (Chapter 4)

Therefore, Frankenstein’s monster is approximately 8 feet in height.

The appearance of the novel’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, is not described according to his height. Descriptions focus on revealing his state of mind and health during the progress of the text where he undergoes much suffering in his quest to eliminate the monster.