Published in 1818, Frankenstein, the full title of which is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel with Gothic elements and Romantic ideals written by Mary Shelley. It warns against the unchecked pursuit of scientific knowledge. The story describes how Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, creates a powerful man-like being whose horrific appearance makes him a lonely outcast. When Frankenstein will not create a mate for the being, his creation decides to take revenge. In the book, the creature built by Frankenstein is never given a name.