Frankenstein Film Analysis

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Frankenstein is an intention that flourished into an everlasting and relevant lesson. Mary Shelley’s story played a huge role in creating a new and exciting genre of literature: horror. It’s a story that taught lessons and possesses a deeper meaning behind it; connecting to her mother’s death, her father and his colleagues’ intelligence and teachings, and the treatment of women during the early 1800s. These connections are much of what influences Shelley’s reasonings in her novel to have the monster be created and behave the way he did. The film overturns her work and all meanings from the novel become lost while the film consists of tangled dialogue focused on love and unalarming horror. Although the film is called Frankenstein, it cannot …show more content…
The beginnings of the novel, that were cut from the film, recounted Frankenstein’s childhood and significant events that occurred, such as his mother, Caroline Frankenstein’s death. The inclusion of Caroline’s death in the film would have played a huge role in the reasoning for the creation of the monster and Frankenstein’s obsession with life and death. He became curious and wanted to become “capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley 38). Which could perhaps be connected to the early death of Mary Shelley’s mother as well. But in the film, Frankenstein’s childhood and history is kept a secret from the audience so it is deprived of a cause for the monster’s creation. With that depravity, the film claims that his true reason for creating the monster was to play God. He wanted to “renew life where death had been apparently devote the body to corruption” (Shelley 40). And that was what he did, but the film takes away all meaning behind it, such as his mother’s death from scarlet fever, and replaces it with God. Because when books are adapted for the screen, human creation “must not go beyond an intended order decreed by God or set by nature’s laws” (Gould 1). Frankenstein could not have developed these ideas on his own or by experience, it must be God or nature’s doing. The coverup …show more content…
In the film Frankenstein, the involvement of God, exclusions of important parts from the novel, and changes in the plot put the film right on track to not being Frankenstein at all. These alterations “distort the originals beyond all thematic recognition (Gould 1). And it makes it difficult to find anything meaningful from the film. Hollywood’s sugarcoating has suffocated the original beyond

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