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How Can We Tell That 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley Belongs To The Horror Genre.

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How Can We Tell That 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley Belongs To The Horror Genre. Media Studies In 1816, Lord Byron wished that Mary Shelley, Mary Goodwin, Byron himself, Claire Clairmont and a doctor named John Polimodi, all should write a ghost story for enjoyment. This proposition was acceded to "One stormy summer night on Lake Geneva". 'Frankenstein', one of the works that had emerged from it, has become a part of our lives. It's a myth that seems to become more and more powerful each generation. It's truly a novel that has exceeded the text of the 'Horror Genre'. The author of this novel was only eighteen years old when she wrote this marvelous novel of horror and pure entertainment. Mary Shelley feels that she was a monster and puts herself responsible for her mother's death, Who died giving birth to her, Such tragedy resulted in depressive vision. The creation of 'Frankenstein' came to her from her visit to Geneva, where she looked over the high mountains of the Alps as the lightning was being reflected of the snow topped mountains. Her curiosity for the power of electricity grew greater. So much so that she included ideas linked to electricity and life in her novel. At the time when 'Frankenstein' was written gothic novels were very popular and so this novel was seen to be very popular. In 1994 the myth, 'Frankenstein', was turned into a movie by Kenneth Branagh, starring Kenneth Branagh himself as Victor Frankenstein. The film used many techniques that make a film become part of the horror genre. Such as, Music, language, weather, violence, Et cetera These are the many techniques used to make horror film. ...read more.

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It doesn't show the whole of the monster; even the face becomes a mystery. With this little clip, Branagh uses loud and fast music to bring up the tension and excitement. He uses blood on the monster's hand to resemble violence and death. You can already see the amount of techniques used in the first scene to bring out the horror in the film. Each quote I've used from the opening scene represents horror. The second scene that we studied was also used to show that the film 'Frankenstein' belongs to the horror genre. The first part of the second scene is different to the first scene. This scene starts with romantic music and Victor Frankenstein and his family dancing. At the same time a dramatic upset comes to the family as Victor Frankenstein's mother faints, due to pregnancy. This scene, just like as the first uses language, picture and camera editing to show what 'Frankenstein' is really about. The whole picture suddenly changes from a romantic scene to a scene of tension. In this scene we see Victor Frankenstein's mother giving birth. This scene again is no different to any other, which shows the text as horror. They use loud music and camera techniques such as swirling around the tense situation. The language used by each character in this scene defines the horror in the movie. 'Cut me, save the baby!' This quote is one example of the language used in this scene. This shows the intense situation, the family must face. It also shows more blood and more expressions of horror. It's a quote that belongs into the horror genre. ...read more.

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This novel became famous throughout the country. This was because gothic novels became very popular in those days. Any type of story that features things such as castles, torture, chambers, dungeons, bats, infested rooms and so forth. And 'Frankenstein' proved itself to be worthy to be part of the horror genre. At the time Mary Shelley used many ideas that come to use in her novel. Ideas of electricity, which was experimented with its power by Benjamin Franklyn. This idea was also put into Mary Shelley's novel, and gave birth to monster. There were many other people with ideas, which Mary Shelley used in her novel, which made the novel very successful. People such as Humphrey Davy and Jaques Rousseau. Mary Shelley also erred the power of the imagination very important. Mary Shelley wrote in her novel: 'I saw with shut eyes, but acute metal vision. I saw a pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phontosin stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy half motion.' You can see how Mary Shelley has used her imagination to come up with this fantastic piece of work. The movie created by Kenneth Branagh has become what it has because of Mary Shelley's biography. Her imagination has truly brought up the horror in the movie. The scenes we have studied show every little detail needed to know about a horror film. The scenes create tension and fear for its audience; Branagh has used many techniques to fully express Mary Shelley's thoughts and imagination. The film 'Frankenstein' is truly a film belonging to the genre of horror. And that is how we know that 'Frankenstein' belongs to the horror genre. Zahid Akbar 11-01 1 ...read more.

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