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English Coursework Frankenstein How successfully has filmmakers created sympathy for Frankenstein's monster? "Frankenstein" was a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1818. Since then there have been many versions and adaptations in the form of films. One extremely different to the other, they show how the novel can be so widely adapted and modified to the wishes of the director. James Whale directed the first film version of "Frankenstein" in 1931 then Kenneth Branagh released "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" in 1994. Mary Shelley was born in 1771 and had a troubled life from the moment she was born. Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft died giving birth to Shelley. She inherited a tendency to be easily depressed from her mother, so when her stepmother who she despised brought her up she decided to runaway to Europe continually with her stepsister. She met Percy Shelley when she was sixteen (who was already married) and they went away to Geneva (also where the novel was set). ...read more.


to Henry; this could relate to Whale's view that Frankenstein is not victorious in the novel. Frankenstein wears a typical long, white lab coat to suggest clearly to the audience that he is a professional doctor. It could also connote to the audience that he is smart, well brought up, devoted and possibly a perfectionist. This is also shown by the way Frankenstein's hair is always perfectly tidy and combed. These are deliberate decisions made by the director, as this is the way he wants Dr. Frankenstein to be portrayed. He is shown to be a character on the "edge" between sanity and insanity by his edginess towards his fianc´┐Że and his friend Victor when they disturb his creation process. While Frankenstein acts like this it is very hard for the watching audience to like him; his pushiness and aggression towards his loved ones makes it hard to feel sympathetic towards him. ...read more.


His looks also interest the audience more as he acts saner than Whale's Frankenstein so when he starts to lose touch with himself the audience start to analyse his thinking and interpret his actions. In the Whale version the creation scene is very interesting in the way that it isn't made into the most important scene of the film, but instead used to build up the audience's anticipation to see the creature for the first time. The scene is based in the top room of an abandoned and isolated windmill on a hill far away from civilisation. With Whale adding in the non-diegetic sound of thunder and lighting he successfully creates a spooky and eerie feeling before the scene has even started. In the mise en scene of the opening scene the first thing we see is the amount of electrical equipment circleled around the creature who is lying down on a table covered by a big sheet. As the scene continues we see the doctor hurrying around furiously trying to get everything ready in time. Adam Charlton Page 1 5/2/2007 ...read more.

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