Frankenstein Theme Essay

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The Frankenstein book and movies all portray Monstrosity in their own way, but two of these fail to get the point across. I feel Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein portrayed monstrosity the best out of all three of these sources. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, she suggests that to create a monstrosity you have to become a monstrosity yourself. Young Frankenstein and the 1931 movie of Frankenstein didn’t quite capture this theme of monstrosity as well as Mary Shelly. First, let’s start with the one that did not quite capture the theme of monstrosity as well as the book, which is the 1931 movie version of Frankenstein. The 1931 version of Frankenstein did a good job capturing certain aspects of the theme of monstrosity, but not as good as the novel. In the beginning of Frankenstein the movie, Frankenstein and Frits, Frankenstein’s assistant, are trying to steal a dead man’s brain. To steal organs from a dead man to experiment on is an example of dangerous knowledge. That’s not the only thing it reveals about our main character Frankenstein. To steal a man’s brain isn’t something a sane man would do; no he would have to be twisted. This is the first example of the theme; monstrosity in the movie, because it shows us the monster Frankenstein has become to his work. In the movie Elizabeth, Frankenstein’s soon to be wife talks to one of Frankenstein’s old colleges and they discuss Frankenstein’s mad dream. “We had to drop him because his crazy request…Frankenstein’s crazy dream is to take human life, destroy it and then recreate it; there you have his crazy dream.” This is a quote from one of Frankenstein’s colleges. This quote describes how he became mad with recreating, or rather reincarnating human beings. This is an example of Frankenstein becoming a monstrosity himself. He starts requesting human limbs and parts to experiment on. It got so bad the professors even had to drop because of his...
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