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Frankenstein Essay

  • Submitted by: eatmeyou
  • on March 27, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,287 words

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Screen play adaptations commonly differ from the book on which they are based.   Just like gossip between peers is enhanced for entertainment purposes, films are enhanced for these purposes as well. Between Frankenstein, a novel by Mary Shelley, and the screen play adaptation, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, by Kenneth Branagh, there are numerous differences in detail. Nonetheless, there are similarities in the undertone of both mediums that portray mutual morals. However, it would be a blatant falsehood to say that this film adaptation is free from inaccuracy, somehow above reproach, or indeed perfect. There were times when the story was subjected to certain indignities wherein the original storyline was tossed to the wayside in favor of a more cinematic approach. This is to be expected in such a transition from print to screen. At times, such changes were hardly noticeable. Others however, left one wondering if it was indeed the same story, or merely someone slapping the name of Shelley onto a film in hopes of gaining some reputation. Reading the novel and watching the screen play adaption demonstrated that although there are several differences between the two, the theme is adequately conveyed in both mediums.
First noted, several scenes in the movie appeared to be dramatically enhanced from the novel version of the story for entertainment purposes. One of the most noticeable differences was that in the novel, Victor’s mother died of scarlet fever because she caught it in the midst of nursing Justine’s aunt back to health from the same disease. However, in the movie Victor’s mother passes while giving birth to her second son, William. This difference was significant because it strongly exemplified the death of Mary Shelley’s mother in her real life. Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died shortly after giving birth to Mary. This adaptation in the screen play appeared to illustrate this traumatic occurrence in Mary Shelley’s life. Additionally,...

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