“Comparison of themes from two movies”
Frankenstein 1931 and Frankenstein 1994
For my final essay I chose to compare main themes from movies Frankenstein, released in different periods. First one is from the year 1931 and the other one is from 1994. Both are based on Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein or; The Modern Prometheus”, from 1818. The storyline is generally the same in both movies, but themes differ, due to different release periods. The story is about a scientist, dr. Frankenstein, who dreams of creating artificial life from dead tissue. The creature he creates becomes alive, but is not accepted neither from him, nor from the society, which leads it to become evil and dangerous. The two movies differently deal with the relationship between the creature and the scientist, and also the creature is in my opinion differently portrayed in each movie, which effects the viewer and his or hers opinion and feelings towards it. In the centre is the idea of a gentle creature being mistaken for a monster. I will analyze different themes and also mention what is the role of science in the mentioned movies. I will begin with the movie from 1931. The main theme is religion. In the beginning, the narrator introduces the theme of creation relating that Dr. Frankenstein wants to create a man after his own image. He wants to destroy and then recreate human life. He thinks he is God, and when the monster moves its hand, he says: “Now I know what it feels like to be God.” It is about god-like power and immortality. At the time when this movie was made, science was still seen by most of the American public as a dangerous philosophy rather than as a rational discipline. It was considered to be a defying divine provenance (mad scientists were always defying taboo areas – attempting to raise the dead, to prolong youth, and so on). In this version there is a wonderful sense of innocence to the monster, a dumb brute with the heart of a child. It does not speak, think, or...
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