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Frankenstein Media Coursework Introduction. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus was Mary Shelley's own Prodigy and one of the greatest novels known in literature; some claim it was the first science fiction novel of any type which blends gothic horror and romance and reveals the terrifying consequences of playing God. It all began in the summer of 1816 at the famed Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva where Lord Byron had challenged Mary Shelley to write a ghost story which would later become precursor of science fiction 'Frankenstein'. She completed the novel in 1817 and the first edition was published in 1818. The novel was written in the 'Romanticism Period' which was an artistic intellectual movement which used strong emotion, imagination and freedom within. Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' is undoubtedly one of the most literary triumphs of this period. While a prisoner of war the director James Whale learned to write stage plays and that is how his talent first became known to him. This talent eventually led him to Hollywood in the 1930's along with the play 'Journeys End'. One of the best horror movies James Whale directed was 'Frankenstein' aspects of him being socially different (him being a homosexual) ...read more.


Religious iconography is portrayed throughout the graveyard; Stone crucifixes were placed in every shot of the cemetery, most of these were tilted and a portion of these had rusting and decaying fences around them. This may have been put there deliberately by James Whale in order to question the Christian religion and the inhumation ceremony this could also be reflected by the graveyard being an isolated wasteland or even the mourners' appearances as the audience might assume they live in poverty. However the tilted crucifixes may reflect James Whales ideas on the religion as homosexuality is forbidden in the religion and he being a homosexual could have caused him to make the religion and its sacraments to have a bad image. These actions may have traumatised the audience as it was immoral and religion was compulsory everyone went to church and for these images of bad solemnity to be shown may have possibly shocked the audience and may well have caused an uproar. Another use of theological iconography was the man hung from the gallows. This reminds us of Christ as his posture is similar; this is also a religious symbol and may also be questioning the stability of the religion on the other hand it could be used to remind ourselves that Dr. ...read more.


Branagh being part of The Royal Shakespeare Company and best known Shakespeare interpreter of the 20th century may have triggered to use an enigmatic symbol. This obviously reflected Lady Macbeth's guilt and so this could also interpret that the creature has committed homicide and even more treacherous sins. This use of technique could put the audience in a trance of scepticism and question 'where did that blood come from'? Lighting had an astounding affect as this technique reflects the darkness and grim affect by using lanterns in the storm, this effect might signal that lanterns were a small chance reaching the north pole and the storm being eternal darkness and despair maybe this was setting the genre of the film(horror). Doctor Frankenstein emerges form the midst looking like a monster this could reflect his image and for what he has created. As he has betrayed and tried to overpower nature by creating lie after death, this backfires as the monster is a symbolic example of nature getting out of hand. So this use of technique was used to make the audience aware of who Victor Frankenstein and that he may have another side to him which makes the audience even more suspicious and makes us ask ourselves 'who is Victor Frankenstein'? ...read more.

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