I just wanted to head-start our discussion on Marxism in Frankenstein. I tried to find internet research on the topic. Most of what I found was that there were lots of Marxism interpretation of Frankenstein - if you were willing to put a credit card for an essay of it.
The only thing I could find was about the class distinctions mentioned in the book. Victor and Henry come from rich, upper class families. They have priveledge, the ability to travel, and money to attend university. The peasant family mentioned later, though, is the exact opposite. They're very poor and barely have enough. Marxists would probably say the peasants are being pushed down by the other classes.
I was trying to figure out what Marxists would take from Frankenstein's creation. I found this,
"For existentialism the universe is irrational; for Marxism it is lawful. The propositions of existentialist metaphysics are set in a context of cataclysmic personal experience. They all flow from the agonising discovery that the world into which we are thrown has no sufficient or necessary reason for existence, no rational order. It is simply there and must be taken as we find it. Being is utterly contingent, totally without meaning, and superfluous."
I'm not sure if this means that Victor was right to go and "find" Frankenstein - if it was just a lead up of rational thought which lead to this. On the other hand, its possible that Marxists would say that this situation should never have happend. Victor wasn't being productive to the human race by building this monster. He was a "lazy" member of the upper class. A Marxist could say that this is what happens when the upper class doesn't have to work - idle hands are the devils play.