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Analyse the last scene of the film Frankenstein, Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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Introduction

Frankenstein TASK: analyse the last scene of the film Frankenstein, Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Consider: * How closely does the film follow the book? * What techniques does the film use to convey meanings to us? * How effectively does the film hold our attention? The monster that Victor Frankenstein created to stop death has destroyed him emotionally. This monster has killed all that Victor ever loved. He killed his little brother, his wife, his father, and his housemaid. Wanting vengeance Victor follows the monster north in an unwavering pursuit. All he wants to do is to destroy the monster. But the monster soon kills him by torturing him while on the run. Victor dies from exhaustion almost immediately after he finishes telling Captain Walton his frightening tale. His final words are ''I'm tired, so very tired.'' The monster appears on the scene and is miserable at the death of his "father". The monster is visibly miserable and he shows this by weeping over the corpse of Frankenstein and then by vowing to commit suicide. This increases the drama of this final scene. This final scene of the film contrasts with the dramatic scene of the death of Elizabeth where the fire and the fast and heavily scored music increases the drama. ...read more.

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At this point the scene changes to the funeral of Frankenstein and we can see that the creature stands away from captain Walton and his men. This emphasises his loneliness and difference to mankind. This depiction of the monster's loneliness is given greater depth when he says, "I am done with man" in his reply to Walton's request for him to come with Walton and his men. All these techniques are meant to alter the viewer's feelings and impressions from anger towards the creature to compassionate sympathy. This is achieved by the film illustrating the monster as a lonely creature with no one to look after him, or to bear company with him; this is then merged into the monster enduring bereavement and sorrow before these two are brought together for the final scene. The human side of the monster is revealed, this makes us realise that he is only different on his outer shell. The film gives us a more dramatic ending compared to the book. The climactic ending of this film is like a tower. The rapid ice break-up is like the foundation of the tower, which commences and supports the drama in this scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

THE CONCLUSION The appearance of the monster in the film is different compared to the book. In the book we read about the "long locks of ragged hair" which is a contrast to the hairless scalp that we see in the film. The film doesn't have narration except at the beginning but in the book we can read the ending chapter from the point of view of Captain Walton. I believe that the film changes these thing to make us concentrate on it rather than on the voice of the narrator because in the book we have to read most of the text in order for us to understand the events of the story, unlike in the film where we can watch the events and don't need a narrator to explain them to us. The baldness of the monster gives us a chance to see the scars of where his brain was inserted. The film uses fast music and rapid editing sequences to make the story of Frankenstein more dramatic. The film is shorter as we don't need everything described to us as much as we do in the book. Ebuka Ufodiama 10DHH ...read more.

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