Frankenstein: Guitar of M. De Lacey

Title

Frankenstein: Guitar of M. De Lacey

Subject

Guitar of M. De Lacey; Looking at the Best in Humanity

Description

1794 Fabricatore 6 string Early Romantic French Guitar. Honey colored wood, simple decoration around the edge of the guitar and the sound hole. Decorative black metal expanding from guitar’s bridge. Some mild scratching due to age.
This guitar was featured in the book “Frankenstein,” and belonged to the elderly, impoverished M. De Lacey to whom Frankenstein’s monster formed an attachment. De Lacey’s guitar playing was one of the few pleasures that the monster experienced in its life, just as De Lacey's kindness was the only positive interaction that the monster ever had with humanity.
M. De Lacey's guitar contributed to the mood of the Creature's narrative about his early developments and benevolent impulses.

Creator

Mary Shelley
Megan Lang

Source

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus.

Publisher

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday

Date

January 1, 1818
October 22, 2018

Contributor

Megan Lang

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

Literary Artifact from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

Format

JPEG image, guitar
. De Lacey's guitar would have been created by hand in the mid to late-18th century, an instrument that signified wealth and education in that era.
Shelley uses the guitar to indicate M. De Lacey's genteel nature, despite his fall into poverty. This gentility is mirrored in the treatment the monster receives from De Lacey, as the blind man is the only one to treat the creature with any respect or concern. Listening to the guitar is a significant part of the creature's development of its better nature, and its attraction to the better parts of humanity.

Language

English

Type

Speculative Fiction
Gothic Literature
Horror
Science Fiction

Identifier

Guitar,
Handmade
Instrument
18th century
De Lacey family
Wealth
Hope

Coverage

Early Romantic Period France, 18th century guitar. Handmade instrument by guitar builder Fabricatore, it represented education and wealth for owners, and was one of the few signs of the De Lacey family's "noble" upbringing.
Described intermittently in chapters 11 -15 of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in the creature's narrative.

Files

De Lacey Guitar.jpg

Citation

Mary Shelley and Megan Lang , “Frankenstein: Guitar of M. De Lacey,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed May 21, 2024, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/375.