Tuesday, July 11, 2006

All parts included?


I never found the Frankenstein monster particularily scary. I suppose when Boris Karloff's interpretation of the creature appeared on the big screen, it was frightening. But it seems just laughable now. Ed Quinn took care of that when played Herman Munster in the 60s television series and turned the monster into sitcom joke.

I have read Mary Shelley's book that started the whole thing -- Frankenstein. She never really intended that the creature Baron Von Frankenstein sewed together out of old body parts would be a monster. It was Dr. Frankenstein who was intended to be the monster for trying to play god and create a man without going through the proper channels. And the problem with Dr. Frankenstein's creature was that he could bring it to life with a bolt of electricity, but he couldn't dole out a soul. The book explored the moral issues of what defines a person, the living body or the soul. I don't think the question was answered.

Still, it is an interesting question. There was nothing more frustrating as a kid than to buy a monster model kit, begin putting it together and then discover that some of the parts were missing. An even more interesting dilemma would have been if the kits came with a disclaimer: Soul not included.

Regardless of who glues together the parts, I think there are lots of people out there missing a few crucial ones. Few people would argue that monsters like Ted Bundy or Gary Ridgeway either didn't have souls included or they just weren't attached correctly. Regardless, somebody wasn't following the directions. Who was it?

At various times in my life, I've looked in the mirror and tried to see my soul. Because I'm pretty sure my mother told me I came with all of the parts included. I look into my eyes. And I look at the creases in my skin. Then I blink and I wonder. Wouldn't it be easier to know that you are truly complete if you could actually see the soul?
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