Nature Vs. Nurture : Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Film Adaptations Young

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Nature vs nurture is a concept that plays a major role throughout Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and the film adaptations Young Frankenstein directed by Mel Brooks, and Frankenstein directed by James Whale. Nature and nurture are present in the novel and films, but the novel takes a more balanced approach even though nurture is more prevalent, whereas Whale’s Frankenstein has more of a focus on nature than nurture while Brook’s Young Frankenstein focuses more on nurture than nature. First, nature will be examined in the novel, and films and then nurture will be examined, before finally a comparing the significance of nature vs nurture side by side.
First, Mary Shelley application of nature focuses on the creature’s unnatural creation, and abnormal appearance. Life being created by man and not God is considered impossible, and unnatural by society since God is supposed to be the only being that can create life. Victor’s obsession with the creation of life is unnatural and consume him causing him to neglect everything: his family, studies, and friendship. After Victor discovers the secret to life he has to pillage graveyards for body parts for his creature and hide them in his apartment which is where he is working on his experiment. The appearance of the creature is so horrifying Victor rushes from the room and attempts to go to sleep, but even then he has nightmares. Despite selecting all the creature’s parts due to him finding them beautiful the finished product is…

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