The monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often incorrectly referred to in popular culture as Frankenstein, but the creature himself had no name. The scientist to created him was named Dr. Victor Frankenstein. When speaking with his creator, the monster refers to himself as “the Adam of your labours,” but the novel never attributes an actual name to him.
The Gothic horror novel was originally conceived for a contest between friends in the summer of 1816. Shelley was inspired by a dream she had of a corpse that came back to life. In the story, Victor Frankenstein builds the creation in his laboratory using chemistry and alchemy. The monster is described as 8-foot-tall, hideously ugly, but intelligent and sensitive. The creature attempts to fit in but is shunned, which leads him to seek revenge against his creator.