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It was later adopted in North American culture, specifically in United States cinema and literature, where Shelley's story was expanded into numerous tales.
In the story, a man, Victor Frankenstein contemplates and experiments with the nature of mankind, as he attempts an act often equated with divinity; the creation of a living human being. To accomplish this, he takes parts from dead men, each of which a convicted criminal.
After 'The Monster' (as it is often referred to as) is created, it goes on a series of violent exploits, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction and death; this rampage even ends up with Frankenstein nearly killed. Despite this, the good Doctor seems not to learn his lesson, as he later goes on to make for the monster a female companion. Unfortunately, their meeting, to say the least, does not end well.