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Analysis of Frankenstein from Shellys novel to Branaghs film

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Introduction

Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel was fairly good with significant changes to Shelly's text; however this was done to illuminate what he considers to be the major themes of the novel, eg the dangers of the relentless pursuit of science and Victor's relationships. Victors love interest with Elizabeth in the film is much more intense compared to what is described in the novel as communication is mostly through letters, whereas in the film Branagh has Elizabeth follow him left, right and centre, she even comes to his sick bed after the creation. This however is for the interest of the audience as many people enjoy love stories, so that element clearly had to be present. That is the same reason why Elizabeth had to die so bravely, as the audience would not be satisfied with strangulation. ...read more.

Middle

As in Shelley's novel victors reaction is "the beauty of the dream vanished and disgust filled my heart", but Branaghs film attempts to address why he abandons the monster and also how close Victor was to his family. This makes it even more triadic to bare witness to their deaths, especially when the distraught Elizabeth is seen carrying Williams's lifeless body, the thunderstorm also sets the scene and makes the audience feel hatred for the monster and despair for Victor and his family. Branagh showed the misery of the monster, especially when it was rejected by the De Lacy family but I think Branagh was very much one sided on where our sympathies should lie and this was clearly directed towards Victor, this maybe because Branagh is the director as well as Victor. ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally the film did not change my perception of the monster it just made me feel more hatred towards Victor as he is so selfish in the film that he does not even let Elizabeth rest in peace, this would probably be typical of Shelly's Victor. I do not believe that Shelley would have wanted Elizabeth to be reincarnated. Ending with Walton was also a nice finishing touch it showed that Branagh could stick to the film and it made the film conclude more or less like the book, but having the monster kill himself on Victor's funeral pyre was very dramatic and showed their relationship more like a father son bonding rather than creator and created. Overall I think that the film was fairly good because it helped me see the suffering of the monster in flesh, except all the characters spoke with British accents which was confusing since they came from Geneva. Karla Wells ...read more.

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