In George MacDonald’s David Elginbrod, a criminal named Funkelstein exercises his influence on a young woman and makes her an accessory to his crime. I thought that the name sounded somewhat similar to “Frankenstein” so I examined Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to see if there was any connection. Consequently, I discovered that some episodes and arguments in the story were taken up by MacDonald and reflected in David Elginbrod and also in his Wingfold trilogy. It appears that MacDonald, having read Frankenstein, tried to answer the cries of despair uttered by Frankenstein’s monster – the cries that seem to be shared by many people. Among quite a few connections that I find between Frankenstein and MacDonald’s stories, this essay will focus on the issues concerning the Creator’s impartiality. In the arguments, I will also refer to an anecdote about John Wesley.
"God Is Impartial: Frankenstein and MacDonald,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 7, Article 28.
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