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English Coursework Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a film, which is based upon the Book by Mary Shelley. It shows an eager young Scientist who changes the views on human re-animation. At the same Dr Viktor Frankenstein must deal with the moral issues involved with his decision to play god. The film moves from the start of the film with young Frankenstein and dreams of changing Scientific History to a man bent on revenge. When Frankenstein creates the Monster he finds out the mistake he has made and decides to leave the monster. The Monster is thought to be dead by Frankenstein and then leaves him alone. After the Monster is believed to be dead, it wakes up. Frankenstein then leaves the Monster alone. He seems to be an outsider to everyone. The basic tale is of an outsider who tries to get by in the world. Kenneth Branagh, who also played Victor Frankenstein, directed the Film. The film stars a number of different actors. These include Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Tom Hulce and Helena Bonham Carter. With this list of stars the film shows a good range of different acting. Of course the Film is adapted from Mary Shelley's Gothic Horror Novel, Frankenstein. It is adapted very well from the original novel. In the Film there is a specific class structure. The rich upper class shows Frankenstein's Family and the kind of people who wouldn't be killed by disease. The Towns people show the lower class world. These are the people who would riot, the peasants of the time. In the film the monster doesn't appear to belong to either class group. At the same time Frankenstein appears to belong to the upper class group but then believes he is better than upper class. He sees himself as a god like figure. The Divide in the population is to show the pain and suffering during the time of the novel. ...read more.


This shows that the two are alike in some ways and the monster still has compassion and emotion. Other dramatic devices are used to make people seem better or to affect the story line of the film. When Frankenstein is in the Lecture hall, he is placed at the top. This is done to show the audience and the characters that maybe Frankenstein thinks that he is better than him and believes himself some sort of godlike figure. Other affects are used. Such as the lightning flashes and the thunder when Frankenstein attempts to create the monster and when he tries to reanimate Elizabeth. Thunder, Lightning and loud noises are done to show the audience that what Frankenstein is doing is wrong. Hundreds of years ago, thunder and lightning were controlled by gods, and would be used if some terrible was happening. This is also being used in this instance, as if to say god is against this idea. Other devices are used, for example the look of the monster. The monster could have looked very normal if the surgery went correctly, the stitch marks could have been disguised. This isn't done due to the reanimation but also done so that people would be afraid of the monsters appearance. This results in him being outcast by humans. The look of Elizabeth when she is reanimated, she looks very different. Her face is extremely scared due to Frankenstein's attempts to revive her. Of course how could this be the result if he hadn't put different body parts together and simply revived her, it is done to give the effect of Frankenstein's mistake in creating something that should never have been. Also music plays a big part in this film. The music for the parts before Frankenstein's mother's death is very happy and usually played on a piano. After and during his mother dies, it is often very heavy music and very loud. ...read more.


Many of these I have mentioned in other paragraphs. Such as the colour of Elizabeth's dress and the position of Frankenstein in the Lecture Hall, symbols such as fire are used throughout, to symbolise death and tragedy. There is other cinematography used but nothing as good as these examples. The film also presents visual affects on the different classes of people and the way the monster fits into it. The classes between Frankenstein's family and the town's people are very easy to see. There are peasants and the upper class that are very easy to seals. The differences between the servants in the Frankenstein's family are quite different as well. There are the very poor servants, which seem a lot like the towns people. The next class of servants are normally dressed as butlers or middle class. The next class of servants are almost friends, e.g. the Nanny they have working there who is later killed because of the monster. When the Frankenstein's witness this death it is almost like losing a member of their family. The monster does not fit into any of these classes. He like Frankenstein is an outsider and doesn't belong anywhere. This is very easy to see when he interacts with the town's people. They treat him very differently because of they way he looks and acts. It is very easy to see that everyone in the late 19th Century were treated on how they appeared. I believe that this film is a good one because it has a good adaptation of the book. The film is done very convincingly as a gothic horror film. It shows the pain and suffering of the different classes of people. It also shows the burden of discovery and the horrible truth that no matter how hard we try, the book will always be judged by its cover. The film was an average film at the film theatres. It has had a number of bad reviews but in my opinion it is a good film and one of the best Frankenstein adaptations. ...read more.

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